Tall And True Short Reads

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Season One of Tall And True Short Reads launched in September 2020 and featured short stories written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. In Season Two, the podcast expanded to include Robert’s blog posts and other writing from the Tall And True writers’ website.

Season Three Episodes

“When I introduced Tall And True Short Reads in 2020, I called it an “audio fiction podcast”. But two seasons on, I’ve realised I’m producing storytelling episodes, whether they’re based on short stories and blog posts, fiction and nonfiction, or tall and true tales.” ~ Robert Fairhead, Season Three Trailer

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Season Two Episodes

For Season Two, in addition to short stories, Tall And True Short Reads expanded to include blog posts and other writing by Robert Fairhead from the Tall And True website.

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Season One Episodes

Season One of Tall and True Short Reads launched in September 2020, featuring short stories written and narrated by Robert Fairhead from the Tall And True writers’ website.

The Cat in the Trunk

Episode 5 (26 Oct 2020)
Stevie was slumped on the living room sofa when his mum and dad returned home from the shops. Their raised voices drowned out the old gangster movie on the TV. “It’s junk,” Stevie’s mum snapped. “No it’s not,” his dad retorted, “it’s an antique. And a bargain. Only 30 quid!” Stevie slid down the sofa.

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A Song on the Radio

Episode 4 (11 Oct 2020)
Elliot parked at the side of the road close to the beach. He grabbed a brown-bagged bottle of tequila and the lemon and salt shaker he’d pinched from the restaurant where he worked as a kitchen hand. Tie a Yellow Ribbon was on the radio and Elliot turned it up loud to hear it over the breaking waves.

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Too Late, Lenny

Episode 3 (1 Oct 2020)
Between you and me, Lenny, there are more mourners at your funeral with the COVID restrictions than would have been graveside had you died before the pandemic. Streaming it over Zoom helps boost your numbers. Mind you, most of the faces on my computer screen are strangers, or I haven’t seen for ages.

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A Moving Sculpture

Episode 2 (20 Sep 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.

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Five Meet On Zoom

Episode 1 (10 Sep 2020)
FIVE logged onto their first Zoom meeting. “Right-o, can everyone hear and see me?” asked Julian, who, as the leader, had scheduled the meeting and emailed invites, with help from his clever-clogs cousin, George.

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Welcome to Tall And True Short Reads

Welcome Trailer (5 Sep 2020)
Tall And True Short Reads is an audio fiction podcast featuring original writing from TallAndTrue.com, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. At the end of each episode, Robert provides a writer’s insight into the featured writing — when, why and how he wrote it.

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