#1635 Keepsakes Part 2/2

Last week we heard stories from the keepsake makers, the archivists and the preservers of history, recorded live at our Melbourne listening party, Keepsakes. This week, we’ll hear from the second half of that event.

In this episode we’re looking at the magic in nostalgia and reflection when we look back at the things we’ve saved.

The stories we recorded at Keepsakes have been transformed into an an audio exhibition. if you’re in Melbourne, we’d love for you to pay Keepsakes a visit! The exhibition is running until the 19th of November (that’s next week!) at The Good Room, 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Head to www.thefoundlingarchive.org.au for details.

‘King Plates’ by Michael Brydon

In Museums all over this country you can find many and varied king plates. They’re these necklaces with a big bit of scrap metal, ornately cut into the shape of a crescent and engraved with things like Bulgra – King of Arremutta, Billy Kelly – King of Broadwater. Most of the stories of these kings and queens are now lost to history, but Michael Brydon looks back and asks: what’s a king without a kingdom?

‘Lars the Archivist’ by Zacha Rosen

The East German secret police — the Stasi — collected a massive archive on so many of their own citizens and after German reunification, their archives were opened: if they had a file on you, you could read it. How much stranger would it be if you, yourself, were an archivist, and could read a nonconsensual archive of yourself? Lars Rutz knows.

This story first aired on Not What You Think; head to www.fbiradio.com/notwhatyouthink for more.

Music: ‘Together’ – The XX, ‘Brain Retractor’ – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Beth Gibson and Bec Fary

‘Bad Thoughts’ by Beth Gibson

When Beth Gibson thinks of herself as a kid, she remembers a dreamy, creative little girl. But recently she found her old diaries, and they were…. pretty angry. Okay, really angry. She decides to delve deep into the diaries and her past to figure out who she really was as a 10-year-old.

Music: ‘Bumble’ and ‘Trundle’ – Podington Bear

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

‘Brain Box’ by Cassandra Wright and Melissa Fletcher-Young

A wooden box, kept by six high school friends as a symbol of their friendship, and filled with letters to be later opened and shared with one another, now acts as an archive of their younger selves, containing the written thoughts and feelings of a group of girls that eventually grew apart. Cassie and Melissa take a look back on their formative years, and the keepsakes and traditions that made up a teenage friendship.

Music: ‘Under’ from the Flashback EP

Supervising producers: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary

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Executive Producer: Selena Shannon/Caitlin Gibson

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Episode Compiler: Bec Fary

#1401 Prime (feat. Voiceworks)

border collie with a ball

All the Best’s Melbourne Collective teams up with literary magazine Voiceworks to bring you stories from their latest, ‘Prime’. A man spends his days feeding his favourite tiny shark, Hashbrown, and never asking why. A scientist insists on a future where old age is eradicated. One poet wonders who is haunting his house and another has gone to the dogs.

Tiny Sharks

It must be a pretty neat company that requires an employee to care for eleven tiny sharks. Just don’t ask what they’re for.

Written and read by Josh Barnes

Produced by Tess Lawley

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

Produced by Emma Jensen

The Haunting of 137 Peel St

Have you ever thought about the history of your house? Melbourne poet Jacob Sutherland has. This is his poem, about the haunting of 137 Peel St.

Written and read by Jacob Sutherland

Produced by Matt Radin

Prime of Your Life

As a young science undergrad student, Hilary Bowman-Smart met Aubrey De Grey, a biologist who envisions a world without old age. In this story, she asks if it’s possible and what a world where no one gets old would look like.

Written and read by Hilary Bowman-Smart

Produced by Cassandra Wright & Jess O’Callaghan

Music & sound credits: ‘Free Radicals’ by Podington Bear, ‘Wonder’ by Podington Bear & ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ by the Drums.

All stories in this episode can be found in Voiceworks’ Summer 2013-14 issue, #95 Prime. It can be found here.

 

Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley

Production Manager:  Carly-Anne Keneally

Executive Producers:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

Picture Credit: Roberta Baker – Border Collie