Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

Episode 81 (22 October 2023)

It’s only early spring, but I’m starting to sweat in Mum and Dad’s back garden. I wore my dark English suit for Dad’s funeral, and if etiquette permits at wakes, I’d like to slip off the coat. Looking around the garden for guidance, I struggle to recognise elderly aunts and uncles or my fellow middle-aged cousins. And I have no hope of placing their children and grandchildren.
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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

Show Notes

Season Four: Episode 81 (22 October 2023)

Some Things Change is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/some-things-change

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads

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Story Insight

I wrote Some Things Change in May-June 2023 as my submission for The Big Issue Fiction Edition and drew inspiration for the three-part short story from my life. Like my first-person narrator, Steve, in Episode 79, Perth, Western Australia, 1979, I grew up in Perth in the 1960s and 70s. And as he did in Episode 80, London, England, 1992, I moved to England in the 1980s and lived there during the 1990s.

During this time, I embarked on a long and ongoing journey of learning the true history of Australia and my country’s troubled relationship with Indigenous Australians. Further inspiration for the story, particularly this third vignette, Perth, Western Australia, 2023, was joining the campaign for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in May 2023 and reading more about the discrimination and disadvantage of Indigenous peoples.

When I wrote the story, like Steve in this episode, I had high hopes the Referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution and afford them the respect of a representative Voice to Parliament on matters affecting their people would succeed. But I should have paid more attention to my other main character, Jenny, who warns Steve while some things have changed in Australia, others have stayed the same.

I was deeply involved as a volunteer with the Vote Yes campaign for the Voice to Parliament and worked long days on pre-polling and Referendum Day booths. The misinformation and lies I heard on the streets and read on social media about Indigenous peoples shocked me, and the resounding defeat of the Referendum proposal shamefully suggests that Australia is, as Jenny observed in London, 1992, stuck in a 1970s mindset about Aboriginal people. And, as she said in this episode, fearful of change.

I hope you enjoyed and learned something from Episodes 79 to 81 of Some Things Change. You can read this and all my short stories, blog posts and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo online bookstores — links are available in the show notes.

The next episode of Tall And True Short Reads will be released shortly. In the meantime, check your feed or the podcast website for earlier episodes from Seasons One to Three. And follow or subscribe to the podcast and rate and review it via your favourite podcasting app — doing so helps me share my storytelling.

You can support this podcast financially by making a small one-off or regular donation via the Acast Supporter Page.

Finally, please tell your family and friends about Tall And True Short Reads and the Tall And True writers’ website.

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Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

Some Things Change – London, England, 1992

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Some Things Change – London, England, 1992

Episode 80 (4 October 2023)

It’s a chilly winter morning, and the central heating has barely warmed my flat. I’m rugged up in a jumper and Ugg boots, and the kettle’s boiling. There’s a knock at the door, and I know who’s there without checking the peephole because I’ve learned to mark events on a calendar to help remember things.
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Some Things Change – London, England, 1992

Show Notes

Season Four: Episode 80 (4 October 2023)

Some Things Change is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/some-things-change

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads

Buy Robert’s short story collections online:

Story Insight

I wrote Some Things Change for The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2023. Although it wasn’t included in the edition, I enjoyed writing a longer short story than my usual 500-word Furious Fictions, consisting of three vignettes set in different locations and times, with a common thread and protagonists: two cousins exploring Australia’s history and relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Episode 79, Perth, Western Australia, 1979, was the first vignette, and London, England, 1992 is the second.

As I explained in Episode 79, Some Things Change has elements of autofiction. I grew up in Perth in the 1960s and ’70s, have a cousin called Jenny, and I moved to England for a 2-year working holiday in 1987 and stayed there for eight years.

While in England, I watched documentaries about the effects of colonisation on Australia’s Indigenous peoples, and it spurred me to read and learn more about the true history of Australia. Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines was a seminal book in my long and ongoing journey of understanding.

However, I lived in Brighton and Windsor in England and only spent weekends in London as a tourist. And my cousin, Jenny, never visited me in England. So, while this story draws on my life, it’s mostly imagination, except for the parts about the dispossession and discrimination inflicted on Indigenous Australians.

I hope you enjoyed listening to the second instalment of Some Things Change. You can read this and all my short stories, blog posts and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo online bookstores — links are available in the show notes.

The third and final vignette of Some Things Change, Perth, Western Australia, 2023, will be released shortly. In the meantime, check your feed or the podcast website for earlier episodes from Seasons One to Three. And follow or subscribe to the podcast and rate and review it via your favourite podcasting app — doing so helps me share my storytelling.

You can support this podcast financially by making a small one-off or regular donation via the Acast Supporter Page.

Finally, please tell your family and friends about Tall And True Short Reads and the Tall And True writers’ website.

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

Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 1979

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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 1979

Episode 79 (26 September 2023)

It’s a hot summer afternoon, with no sign of the Freo Doctor. Despite the heat, I’m climbing the tree in Gran’s backyard with my brothers and boy cousins while our girl cousins chat in a circle in the shade of the back veranda. Like the other boys, I’m in shorts with no shirt or shoes. Our tomboy cousin’s up here, too. And though she’s wearing a dress, she’s also barefoot.
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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 1979

Show Notes

Season Four: Episode 79 (26 September 2023)

Some Things Change is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/some-things-change

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads

Buy Robert’s short story collections online:

Story Insight

Some Things Change was my submission for The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2023.

The Big Issue’s brief was broad: Stories of all kinds – literary, comedy, romance, sci-fi, crime and everything in between, from 500 to 3000 words.

I regularly submit 500-word short stories to the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Furious Fiction writing challenges, and the temptation was to write a shorter-length story similar to my Furious Fictions.

But I wanted to stretch myself and my writing. So I wrote a longer short story (just over 2700 words) consisting of three vignettes, set in different locations and times but with a common thread: two protagonists, a pair of cousins, exploring Australia’s history and relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Perth, Western Australia, 1979 is the first vignette. There are elements of autofiction in this story. I grew up in Perth in the 1960s and ’70s and supported the East Perth footy team. The “Freo Doctor” is the late afternoon sea breeze that cools the city and suburbs on hot summer days. And I was exposed to casual and overt racism towards Indigenous Australians as a boy when Aboriginal people were called “Abos” and worse.

I also have a cousin named Jenny, who has fair red hair and freckles. And after sharing this story, she reminded me that we climbed trees together when we were younger. But (please forgive me for revealing this, Jen), she’s one year older than me. And we never overheard the conversation between the dads and uncles at the family BBQ.

So, while this story draws on my life, it’s mostly my imagination. Except sadly, for the parts about the discrimination and lack of understanding endured by Indigenous Australians.

I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of Some Things Change. You can read this and all my short stories, blog posts and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo online bookstores — links are available in the show notes.

The second vignette of Some Things Change, London, England, 1992, will be released shortly. In the meantime, check your feed or the podcast website for earlier episodes from Seasons One, Two and Three. And follow or subscribe to the podcast and rate and review it via your favourite app — doing so helps me share my storytelling.

You can support this podcast financially by making a small one-off or regular donation via the Acast Supporter Page.

Finally, please tell your family and friends about Tall And True Short Reads and the Tall And True writers’ website.

Podcast Theme and Sound Effects

Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: 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.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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Support this show: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads.

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Some Things Change – Perth, Western Australia, 2023

Introducing Season Four

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Season Four Trailer

Introducing Season Four (19 September 2023)

Season Four will start with a multi-part, longer short story I wrote in June 2023, Some Things Change, consisting of three vignettes set in different locations and times but with a common thread: a pair of cousins from Perth, Western Australia, exploring Australia’s troubled history and relationship with Indigenous peoples.

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Season Four Trailer

Show Notes

Introducing Season Four (19 September 2023)

Tall And True Short Reads is a storytelling podcast featuring short stories, blog posts and other writing from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Season Four will start with a multi-part, longer short story I wrote in June 2023, Some Things Change, consisting of three vignettes set in different locations and times but with a common thread: a pair of cousins from Perth, Western Australia, exploring Australia’s troubled history and relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads

Buy Robert’s short story collections online:

Writer’s and Podcaster’s Insight

When I launched Tall And True Short Reads in 2020, I called it an “audio fiction podcast”. But in my introduction to Season Three in September 2022, I observed how I’d realised I was producing storytelling episodes, whether based on short stories or blog posts, fiction or nonfiction, or tall and true tales.

In Season Three, I released 19 episodes featuring short stories, blog posts and other writing about my dogs, travels, and memoir pieces, including a multi-part instalment on my Two Visits to the Berlin Wall in 1987 and 1995 (listen to Part One and Part Two).

Season Four will also start with a multi-part episode, a longer short story I wrote for The Big Issue Fiction Edition in June 2023, Some Things Change. It consists of three vignettes, set in different locations and times but with a common thread: two protagonists, a pair of cousins from Perth, Western Australia, exploring Australia’s troubled history and relationship with Indigenous peoples.

While the story draws on elements of autofiction from my life growing up in Perth, it’s mostly imagination. But, the parts about Indigenous Australians are factual, as objective reading and research will confirm. And I wrote it while campaigning for a Yes Vote for the Referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and afford them the respect of an enshrined Voice to Parliament on matters that affect their lives, culture and outcomes.

The first episode of Season Four will be released shortly. In the meantime, check your feed or the podcast website for the 78 episodes from the first three seasons of Tall And True Short Reads.

You can read all my blog posts, short stories and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo online bookstores — links are available in the show notes.

Please follow or subscribe to Tall And True Short Reads and rate and review it via your favourite app — doing so helps me share my storytelling with other listeners.

You can also support this podcast financially by making a small one-off or regular donation via the Acast Supporter Page.

And finally, please tell your family and friends about Tall And True Short Reads and the Tall And True writers’ website.

Podcast Theme

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

Podcast Theme and Sound Effects

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

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

Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

Acast Podcast Supporter Page

Support this show https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads.

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