#1721 The Desert

On the highway down to Alice Springs there are very few places to stop and refuel. A couple of small towns, a few roadhouses.

But then you have Wycliffe Well.

This week All The Best is disappearing into the desert and bringing back stories from campfires, state borders and Alien themed roadhouses.

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‘Red Sand Country’ by Joe Koning

Ali is a poet, living in her caravan in suburban Adelaide. She does not see her living situation as “a minimisation of life”, rather, she sees the caravan as a place of safety, somewhere to escape from a society that considers her as an other

Recently, Ali got a surprise announcement that she’d won Yale University’s prestigious Wyndham-Campbell literature prize. The prize is for $165,000 US.

Music: ‘Smoke’ by Shelda, ‘Love is Everywhere’ by Pharaoh Sanders, ‘Maid of the Moon’ by Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo
Supervising producer: Selena Shannon

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‘Daddy Emu’ by May Jasper

This story takes us south, where three nineteen year old girls jump in a tiny car and drive longways across the country.  What could possibly go wrong?  (Emus, that’s what.)

Editor: Bec Fary
Music: ‘Just a Little Bit’ by Digger and the Pussycats (The Purple Hearts cover), ‘Australian Wasteland’ by Eva Shlegel, ‘Lies Lies Lies’ by The Stabs (The Chimney Sweeps cover)

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Selena Shannon

#1720 Picking up the pieces

Stephen hasn’t seen his high school girlfriend in nearly 30 years. Things didn’t end so well when they were teenagers, but suddenly he has the opportunity to reconnect with her. The only thing is something has changed in Stephen, something very big, and he’s not sure if his high school sweetheart is ready to find out.

This week we’re talking about picking up the pieces from a past life and building something completely new.

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‘The only hole in my life’ by Carey Scheer

Carey met Stephen when she interviewed him for a video project in his home. A year later, Stephen contacted her out of the blue saying he had a crazy story for her, about his past life catching up with him.

Music: Back in Black by AC/DC, Dead Already by Thomas Newman, Heroin by Velvet Underground, We Love You Michael Gira by Ben Frost, Theory of Machines by Ben Frost, To Build a Home by Thematic Pianos and Paradise City by Guns n Roses

Supervising producer: Tegan Nicholls and Selena Shannon

With thanks to Stephen and Tracey, and Marc Gierke for moral support and musical inspiration. And thanks to The Basem3nt for their studio. 

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‘Fragments’ by Ellie Parnell

In 2011, Saskia Scott lost her mother. During the grieving period that followed, Saskia found herself surrounded by reminders of her mum. Bits and pieces left behind, her belongings, but mostly her piles of clothes. Now, years on, Saskia has found a way to deal with the grieving process through her ceramic art practice.

Saskia’s website: http://saskiascott.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/saskia_scott/

Music: ‘Kola’ by Amiina, ‘Stellify’ by Frederico Albanese and ‘Angels’ by Adrianna Lenker and Buck Meek

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All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image by Carey Scheer

 

#1719 ATB features: SPUN

This week, we’re featuring SPUN! A fresh live storytelling podcast straight out of the Northern Territory.

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“A full belly or smelly pits?” by Clare Callaghan

There are times in life when small, seemingly insignificant decisions impact you in unimaginable ways. Clare Callaghan is a remote area nurse in an indigenous community and one day a simple decision of food or shower turned into a pretty stinky affair.

Credits: Storyteller – Clare Callaghan, Story Producer – Tamara Howie, Presented by StoryProjects.

Clare’s story was part of SPUN’s event at Darwin Festival in 2015, where the theme for the night was SURVIVAL.

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“In my own skin” by Elliana Lawford

As a journalist, Elli is used to speaking in front of people about all manner of things, but not so often about herself. In this story, we hear about the complex structures of Aboriginal identity, and what they might have to do with tan-in-a-can.

Credits: Storyteller – Elliana Lawford, Story Producer – Patrick Harton, Presented by StoryProjects

Elli’s story was first told at Darwin Entertainment Centre on May 21, 2016 for Garrmalang Festival.

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The pieces we played today are just a couple of examples of the fantastic stories you can find through SPUN. If you liked today’s episode, you can subscribe to the SPUN Stories podcast via iTunes or your favourite podcast player – just search for SPUN Stories. To find out more about the SPUN storytelling project visit spunstories.net, or look for them on Facebook or Twitter.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Host: Jess Hamilton

Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Vic State Coordinator: Bec Fary

SYN production manager: Beth Gibson

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Social Media: Louisa Thurn

Image: Clare Callaghan sharing her story at SPUN at Darwin Festival 2015, photo by Sarah Mackie.