#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 

 

#1443 Christmas Again

Back in 2011 ghost of All The Best past Eliza Sarlos and her partner hashed out what Christmas would look like for their brand new family, right here on the show. We decided to check back in – when does the tree go up? What goes on it? Importantly, does their little boy leave a glass of whiskey for Santa?
This week on All The Best we revisit a few of our favourite Christmas tales. Traditions both old and brand new, goblins wreaking havoc, and a most unlikely pair – Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock – a nun and an ex-con who are making their own Christmas miracles.

Goblin Night
Did you ever leave milk and cookies…or a scotch out for Santa? Well for Madelyne, her childhood was also filled with the tale of the Christmas Goblin…created by her dad Billy so he could watch the football.
Produced by Madelyne Cummings
With help from Radio Pro mentor Adam Zwi
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

The Scallywag and the Saint

Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock are perhaps as different as two people could get. She’s a no-nonsense nun. He’s a larrikin ex-criminal. But the two of them work together every year to bring a bit of light to those who find Christmas to be the loneliest part of their year. As it turns out, their own story is something of a Christmas miracle.

Find out more about Sister Myree’s work here.

Produced by Kate Montague
Music: ‘Indian Love Song’ and ‘Kim’s Dirt’ by The Dirty Three; ‘Writing Poems’ by Ludovico Einaudi, from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack; ‘Kolapot’ by Amiina; ‘Familiar Ground’ by Cinematic Orchestra

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Image Credit: Murilo Cardoso

#1223 The Dark Arts of Storytelling

We hear stories everywhere: in news reports, from our families and friends, even in gossip magazines. Some are true, some are false, some fall in between. All the Best blurs the lines between fact and fiction, featuring two writers talking about the challenge of sticking to either category. And we’ll mix it up with some more great yarns from our best and brightest young storytellers.

‘I Guess You’re Only as Sick as You Feel’
Toilet humour (literally) alert! Luke Ryan reads an extract from his unpublished memoir- all about how he beat cancer… twice- at the National Young Writers’ Festival.

The Truth About Memoir
Luke reveals the ‘ugly truth of memoir’, speaking at a panel at the National Young Writers’ Festival. Find out more about Luke’s work here.

With Colin Farrell in the Hollywood Hills
Story told by Irish writer Elizabeth Reapy at the National Young Writers’ Festival.

Is It True?
We had a few burning questions about Elizabeth’s story, so she sat down for a chat with our features executive producer Belinda Lopez. Elizabeth is the editor of the Irish emerging writers’ journal, Wordlegs.

Many thanks to Adam Zwi for recording tbe stories featured in this episode. Recorded at the National Young Writers’ Festival, a part of the This is Not Art Festival.

Photo credit: Gilderic Photography. Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gilderic/5505349349/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo, Eliza Sarlos, Jesse Cox

#1222 Tales from TiNA

Gather ’round for some great yarns. Straight from the creative bustle that is the This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle, All the Best brings you tales from some of Australia’s up-and-coming storytellers. A father’s obsession with snakes goes too far, a migrant kid goes in search of her Spanish heritage and a woman’s desperate pursuit to capture the heart of a courier driver ends… awkwardly.

Snake
Performed by Nicole Crowe of Brisbane Yarn.

My Yayo
Performed by All the Best’s Features Executive Producer Belinda Lopez. Winner of Sydney’s first Now Hear This storytelling slam.

The Courier
Performed by Andrea Gibbs, co-creator of Barefaced Stories in Perth.

Many thanks to Adam Zwi for recording these stories. Recorded at the National Young Writers’ Festival, a part of the This is Not Art Festival.

Photo: Jew’s ear fungus. Credit: John Fielding (http://s0.geograph.org.uk/photos/36/30/363099_907bc266.jpg)

#1219 New Kids on the Block

All the Best presents New Kids on the Block: No, not the 1990s-era boy band. We’re sharing stories about the unexpected fights and friendships that happen when new people come into a neighbourhood. The arrival of a new priest splits a tight parish community in Redfern, and a couple moving to Sydney’s fringes get more than what they bargained for.

St Vincent’s
Producer: Gina McKeon

St Vincent de Paul Church in Redfern was formerly the parish of social activist and beloved priest Father Ted Kennedy. But the arrival of a new kid on the block- a new parish priest- has fueled a bitter dispute over power and theology. Many of the local community have left out of protest or defeat.  This story was first broadcast as part of The Block.  Gina McKeon won a Walkley for the piece as part of the Young Australian Journalist of the Year awards.

The Ponds
Producer: Adam Zwi

There are plenty of shiny new residential developments popping up all over the edges of Sydney, including The Ponds, in Sydney’s northeast. After ruling out the pricy suburbs closer to the city, one young couple decided to move out there- and found an authentic lifestyle beyond the newly-built facades. This story was first broadcast as part of the episode The Edge of Nowhere.

This week we welcome our new Features Executive Producer Belinda Lopez to the team.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 

Picture Credit: Lauren Carroll Harris

 

 

 

#1211 Radio Pro

Today we bring you some stories produced as part of our Radio Pro training project paring up All the Best producers with young people who have never made radio before.  We’ve played some stories before on our program 2011 Christmas Special and Reinvention.

Tony Hoang
Produced by Thuy Nguyen
Radio Pro Mentor: Gina McKeon

The Lone Trumpeter
Produced by Ammy Sing
Radio Pro Mentor: Gina McKeon

Tily’s Initiation
Produced by Alex Pittaway
Radio Pro Mentor: Jesse Cox

The Radio Pro Training project was devised by Jesse Cox and Brigitte Dagg with Nicola Joseph and run by the Community Media Training Organisation in association with All the Best.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Radio Pro Mentos: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Gina McKeon, Julia Thomas, Adam Zwi 

 

#1205 A Bedtime Story

Snuggle up to your pillow and settle in to snooze as we read you A Bedtime Story. We bring you stories delivered via intercontinental cassettes, take a magical taxi ride and get a bunch of 11 y.o’s to write us a bedtime story.

Doll Hospital
Produced by Eliza Sarlos

Hairyman
Story told by Kerry Toomey
Produced by Jesse Cox

Granny
Produced by Madeline James

Magic Taxi
Written and read by Miles O’Neil
Original composition and sound design by Jai Pyne
Produced by Jesse Cox

5J’s Bedtime Story
Written by Parramatta Public School
Read by Charlie Garbour
Sound design by Adam Zwi
Produced by Jesse Cox with Rohen Sood

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producer: Damian Enemark
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

 

 

Christmas Special

This week we make our national debut on the Community Radio Network with All the Best’s Christmas Special.

Eliza brought her baby Arthur Plum and partner Alex White to chat about what Christmas traditions they will create for Arthur and whether Santa will exisit.  All the Best Contributor Julia Thomas and her brother Andy  popped in to talk about a Christmas lunch where they discovered they were colour blind, and Alex Kennet talks about the Christmas she kept carp in the bathtub.  We also had a couple of features:

Goblin Night
Produced by Madelyne Cummings
With help from Radio Pro mentor Adam Zwi
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

Did you ever leave milk and cookies…or a scotch out for Santa?  Well for Madelyne, her childhood was also filled with the tale of the Christmas Goblin…created by her dad Billy so he could watch the football.

A Very Biker Christmas
Produced by Jesse Cox
Additional recordings by Zacha Rosen
Photos by Pilar Angon
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

Bikers are tough right? But they also dress up as Santa Claus? And deliver presents? Jesse caught up with Animal and the Kings Cross Bikers and shatter a few myths about Bikers.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Sound Supervisor: Que Minh Luu
Technical Prodcuer: Antonia Gaucci
Original Music: Andrew Simmons, Mysteries, Alyx Dennison

Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Kings Cross Biker Christmas Toy Run by Pilar

 

Sydney Writers Festival Live

For those who missed it earlier in the year, we’re re-playing our first live show, recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All the Best produced a live version of its radio show to a packed room at the Festival Club stage, exploring the theme of power in Sydney through the ages.

Special guests include Wendy Bacon, Sarah Haghdoosti, Anna Krien and Mandy Sayer plus a whole host of All the Best contributors, with live music from Sydney’s Fergus Brown.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Live recording: Kate Ryan
Production assistance: David Sheridan
Visuals: Que Minh Luu
Produced by Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos