Tall And True Short Reads

Writing Can Be Lonely

Episode 44 (26 January 2022)

Writing can be lonely, especially if you’re living on your own in a cramped flat, in another country, far away from family and friends. So when I lived in Brighton in the early-1990s, I volunteered to work one afternoon a week at an Oxfam op shop. I needed to get out and meet and mingle with people.


Writing Can Be Lonely

Show Notes

Season Two: Episode 44 (26 January 2022)

Writing Can Be Lonely is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/writing-can-be-lonely

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Episode Insight

I recorded my conversation with Grandma Zeet on a single sheet of A4 paper after my afternoon shift at the Brighton Oxfam shop in 1992.

When I unearthed the notes in 2018, filed away with other ideas and scraps of writing from that period, I thought of crafting our op shop exchange into a short story.

But as I typed up the words, I realised the piece on shared loneliness shaped nicely as a blog post. And so I wrote and published Writing Can Be Lonely on the Tall And True writers’ website in April 2018.

The funny thing is, back in 1992, I hadn’t heard of the internet or websites, let alone blog posts!

Thanks for listening to Writing Can Be Lonely. 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 and Kobo online bookstores.

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I dedicate this episode to my dear friends from Brighton, Terry and Jacquie. Life was less lonely chatting and sharing a laugh with you guys and our fellow “Maxim muckers” over a few pints before the last orders bell in a warm English pub.

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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.

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Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads 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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