#1709 A Night Away
A lost sex toy, the persistence of nightingales, and the choices about life and love we make after the sun goes down.
This week is our second instalment of stories from our listening party in Sydney, where we invited an audience to spend a night with All The Best. In this episode we’ll be taking you on midnight adventures around the world, from skipping through volcanic craters in Guatemala, to finding regret and self discovery in North England.
‘The Nightingale Man’ by Selena Shannon
When Selena moved from sunny Sydney to the dark depths of Swedish winter, she sometimes asked herself why she decided to migrate, even for only 6 months, to a place where the night never really transitions into day. But her experience and her perspective changed when she followed The Nightingale Man to Berlin.
Thanks to Zacha Rosen and Bec Fary for their feedback.
Music: ‘Through the mist’ by Vincent Kiego Webb, ‘Unearthy untaught strain’ and ‘The night the war ends’ by David Rothenberg. Credit to an excerpt from the BBC’s “Why Birds Sing”.
‘Be still, Woodpecker’ by Josephine Smart
When the music has finally stopped playing and the night owls have danced their way home to bed, Josephine Smart embarks on a midnight adventure and learns about risk, choice, and late night love.
Just a heads up, this story has some adult themes.
This story features lines from the book ‘Still Life With Woodpecker’ by Tom Robbins. Josie is a Melbourne-based producer and sound artist who also creates radio stories for an audio project called Dear/Hello, you can hear more of her work at dear-hello.com.
Music mixed by Josephine Smart
‘At night I marry the bed’ by Jessica Knight
Jessica Knight has lost something quite dear to her… and this story also deals with some sexual themes.
Production assistance from Bec Fary and Selena Shannon. Jessica is a poet, writer and zine maker based in Melbourne. Her three zines: Tongue Between Teeth, White and Red Cells, and All The Fussy People And A Fussy Little Sick are available to purchase on the website mcdrawn.com. Her writing can be found on her blog at Gremlinface82@wordpress.com and you can follow her on twitter @themess19 to get lots of tiny little poems and pictures of Merlin, her housemate’s cat.
Music: ‘A Walk’ by Tycho, ‘Klara’ by Ólöf Arnalds
Executive Producer: Selena Shannon
Vic state coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
SYN production manager: Beth Gibson
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Host: Jessica Hamilton
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Image by creative commons user Craig Hennecke