Tall And True Short Reads

A Moving Sculpture

Episode 2 (20 September 2020)

“And now the piece de resistance,” the old Colonel announced, leading his younger guest to a sunlit garden. “What do you think?” he enquired, waving his walking stick at the garden’s centrepiece. There stood a life-size marble sculpture of a man and woman, hands caressing each other, lips fused in a kiss.


A Moving Sculpture

Show Notes

Season One: Episode 2 (20 September 2020)

A Moving Sculpture is a short story from TallAndTrue.com, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the story: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/a-moving-sculpture

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Story Insight

I wrote A Moving Sculpture in 1992 when I lived in England. Looking through my original notes, I can’t find the reason why I wrote it. Perhaps I just came up with the idea and explored where it took me?

Initially, the young protagonist, Toby Evans, was a journalist for a socialist magazine, researching an undercover story on landed gentry. But around this time in the UK, several stately homes were robbed, having been cased beforehand. And I thought this was a more likely scenario for Evans’s visit to the Old Colonel and the Manor House.

The story doesn’t explain the supernatural springing to life of the garden sculpture’s marble figures — I leave that to the reader’s imagination. Though years later, when I saw the Weeping Angels episode on Doctor Who, I did wonder about Eve’s intent!

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Podcast Theme Music and Sound Effects

Royalty-free music from Pixabay.org: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 ‘Pastorale’ – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan.

Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org.

Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity. Thanks to Josh (VoiceOverMaster) Meyer for Audacity recording tips and tricks.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.

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