#1527 30 Under 30

How do the way cities are painted in films affect our relationship with them? How many jokes about labia have you seen in a stand-up show?

The Melbourne Writers Festival is turning 30, and to celebrate they’ve highlighted 30 writers under the age of 30 who are doing amazing things.

We showcase some of them in this week’s episode of All the Best, bringing you poetry, audio essays and memoir.

 

In the claws of the city: Manila in film

Extracted from a piece first published in the Manila Review.

Written and performed by Adolfo Aranjuez

You can catch Adolfo at MWF on literary awards, voicing race, and emerging.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

 

What’s with all the flappy bits?

Alexandra Neill only saw women at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. It meant heard significantly fewer dick jokes. Instead, she has a realisation about the benefits of joking about all manner of genitals.

This piece first appeared in Spook Magazine.

Written and performed by Alexandra Neill

You can catch Alexandra at MWF on how to be funny.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

 

Gone to the Dogs

A poem about power dynamics, love in excess, misplaced loyalties and border collies.

Written by Jessica Yu

Read by Jessica Yu and Samuel Howard

You can catch Jessica at MWF on voicing race and 17 Minute Stories.

Produced by Emma Jensen

 

You’re Only as Sick as You Feel

Luke Ryan learns how to use a plunger. This story was recorded live at the National Young Writers Festival and was first broadcast on All the Best in episode #1223 The Dark Arts of Storytelling.

You can catch Luke at MWF on how to be funny.

Recorded by Adam Zwi

 

You can also learn about podcasts with our co-EP, Jess O’Callaghan, alongside Rereaders’ Dion Kagan at Seminar: Podcasting Toolkit.

 

State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Roberto Verzo 

 

#1526 Be Strong and Have Courage

“I remember in year 7 especially feeling really different from everyone, classic, and I remember feeling like there was a space where I was more myself than I could be at school.”
That place is Hashomer Hatzair, or ‘Hashy,’ a Jewish Socialist Zionist youth movement where producer Hannah Reich spent 10 years as a student and 2 years as a leader. But lately, her beloved movement has been struggling to find traction and children. It’s struggling to survive.
Hannah spoke with her friends who grew up in the movement to remind herself of what exactly what so unique about the time they spent there and then went back to summer camp, 5 years after leaving Hashy.
She recorded the sounds and ruach of camp and tried to understand the crisis that the leaders must overcome so that Hashy can be around for her kids.

Hannah
would like to thank the entire Hashy community past and present (in particular the 2014/2015 mazkirut), the Blay Family, her kvutza, her parents, Jess Leski and Ellie Kulas.
Episode Producer: Hannah Reich
Supervising Producers: Leona Hameed and Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Hannah Reich

#1525 Past in the Present

It’s easy to think of time as a continuum – what is done is done, what is past is past, the future holds only new stories and possibilities.
The problem with that is, it ignores all the detritus the past speckles through the present. What do sea shanties, a cassette player and a broken heart have in common? They’re all examples of the past crashing painfully, curiously, into the present.

 

Twelve Parties Without You

Written and produced by Zacha Rosen

Sound Design by David Goldschmidt

Performed by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

 

Shall Go Back To Shanty Club

Produced by Danny Noonan

 

Music of the Rain

Written by Alison Earls

Production by Skye Kirkham

Music was ‘Scherzando, En Blanc et Noir for two pianos’ composed by Claude Debussy and performed by Sivan Silber and Gil Garburg. Thanks to the Jerusalem Music Centre Recordings for letting us to broadcast their recording.

This story was recorded as part of our collaboration with Writers Bloc.

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: MrMark

#1524 Same Love

Last week the US Supreme Court overturned a whole bunch of state bans on gay marriage and ruled that same sex couples have a constitutional right to get married.

It’s a big step forward for the US and marks a change in momentum for the LGBTIQA community worldwide.

So today on All The Best, we’re looking back at some of our stories on the issue.

Judy Aulich

Briefly, in December 2013, same-sex marriage was legalised in the Australian Capital Territory. Judy Aulich, a Canberra-based celebrant, performed 11 same sex marriage ceremonies in the five days it was legal. She tells that story to Farz Edraki.

Produced by Farz Edraki

Music Credits: ‘Love is in the Air’ by John Paul Young, ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ by ABBA, ‘Lovefool’ by Cardigans, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ by Dusty Springfield, ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis Presley, ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ by Nina Simone

The Parliamentary Friendship Group

Kate Doak is a political junkie, and wasn’t surprised by anything that happened in Canberra- until finding out about a curiously-named ‘parliamentary friendship group’ including politicians across the spectrum.

They have joined forces to help sex and gender diverse Australians who are stuck in a rut because of inadequate medical benefits and inconsistent state and national laws.

Read the Diversity in Health report mentioned in Kate’s story here.

Produced by Kate Doak.

Music: ‘Planet Zero‘ and ‘Sunday morning‘ by Jahzzar; ’Folk jam’ by Ryan Shello.

 

The stories aired in this episode were first heard on #1406 These Women and #1309 What’s in a Name?

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Pip Rasmussen 

Image Credit:  Elvert Barnes