Tall And True Short Reads

Kris Kringle – Xmas 2022

Episode 65 (22 December 2022)

I’m taking a short break from writing and podcasting over the Xmas/New Year holiday period. But as a special treat for podcast listeners, I’ve put together a Kris Kringle collection featuring three “festive” episodes from the Tall And True Short Reads archive: The Gift, The Special Tree and The Spirit of Xmas.

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Kris Kringle – Xmas 2022

Show Notes

Episode 65 (22 December 2022)

The Kris Kringle stories in this collection first appeared on the Tall And True writers’ website and were written and narrated by Robert Fairhead:

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Writer’s Insight

I’m taking a short break from writing and podcasting over the Xmas/New Year holiday period. But as a special treat for podcast listeners, I’ve put together a Kris Kringle collection featuring three “festive” episodes from the Tall And True Short Reads archive:

The Gift was my short story for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s December 2020 Furious Fiction writing competition, and it had to include a GIFT of some kind. While I didn’t opt for a cliched Xmas theme, the story proved to be an early Xmas “gift” for me as it was one of the most fully formed I’ve devised and written, submitting it 12 hours before the competition’s midnight deadline.

The Special Tree was my December 2021 entry for Furious Fiction. Part of the brief was the story had to include a TREE and, once again, the temptation was to fashion a festive season scenario. As with The Gift, however, I wrote a short story that had nothing to do with Xmas or Xmas trees. And instead, I drew on my boyhood experience of climbing trees for the protagonist and plot.

The Spirit of Xmas is a blog post I shared after spending Xmas 2019 with my West Australian family in Margaret River, south of Perth. Unfortunately, COVID and state border closures meant I couldn’t return to WA for another three years. And I released this episode in January 2022, dedicating it to my family and other families who spent Xmas 2021 separated or alone due to COVID.

At the end of each Kris Kringle story is an expanded explanation of when, why and how I wrote it.

I hope you enjoy this collection. You can read all my short stories, blog posts and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story ebooks, Both Sides of the Story, Twelve Furious Months and Twelve More Furious Months, from the Amazon Kindle 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, Two and Three.

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Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity.

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

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