#1215 Dear Diary

Would you ever read someone else’s diary…?

The Ultimate Taboo
Produced by Georgia Moodie

What’s the one thing you are not meant to do to your sister’s diary? Years after breaking the oldest rule about diary privacy Georgia Moodie chats to her sister about an incident from their childhood

No One Understands Me: Teen Diary Readings
Performed by Justin Heazlewood as part of No One Understands Me a night curated by Eddie Sharp
Recorded at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre

Have you ever stumbled across diaries from you past? Perhaps stashed under the bed or in a dusty old box at your folks place? They can be hilarious, excruciatingly embarrassing or painful – or a mixture of all three. And what if you then decided to read those diaries in public… Justin Heazlewood, who you may also know as the Bedroom Philosopher- shared some of his old entries at a night of teen diary readings at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne called No One Understands Me

Interview with Anna Barnes

Anna Barnes talks with Georgia about her new book GIRL!: The Ultimate Guide to Being You

‘Sometimes life feels really complicated. Friendships, school stuff, all the things I care about, big changes happening in the world . . . but then I wonder what I can do, because I’m just one girl.’ Ella, 13

Young author and blogger Anna Barnes doesn’t have all the answers (she wishes!) but like the best big sister, she shares some of her experiences, dreams and funny stories; plus thoughts from girls like you.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox


Storytelling Recorded Live

A collection of stories taken from live events recorded for All the Best.

1. Sarah Rodigari is an artist who has exhibited in Australia and Internationally.  Recently she decided to hitch hike from Melbourne to Sydney and this story comes from towards the end of the trip when she had an interaction with a stranger on a highway in the pouring rain.  It was performed as part of Acts of Kindness and Other Stories and recorded by Kate Ryan.

2. Johnny Marigliano is an actor who grew up in Brooklyn.  In this story he tells of a moment in his life whe – as he introduces it, his story is one of pizza, shylocks and crime.  It was performed and recorded as part of one of Campfire Collective’s storytelling evenings.

3. Anique Vered is an arts worker and artist and is currenly managing the Rocks Pop Up project.  She recently returned to Sydney after working in communities in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Israel for the past 2 years.  This story comes from her last destination, a kibbutz in the Negrev desert and about her job as the communities goat herder.

4. Mike Williams is a radio producer and founder of In the Dark, Sydney.  In this story he remembers his very first Conception Day at Macquarie Uni.  Mike had been looking forward to the day for ages, but when it finally came around, things didn’t quite go to plan.

5. Que is a radio producer and film editor.  A few years ago she was down the south coast with a bunch of friends, when they heard a loud screetch out the front of their house.  A car full of kids had smashed into a bus load of senior citizens.  Que and her friends mounted a resuce operation that turned into something a little out of the ordinary.

The last 3 stories were performed at a recent Story Slam at The Paper Mill gallery.  All The Best has been in residence at the gallery working on a new show, to be performed live this Tuesday from 7.30pm.  Presented in association with In the Dark, FBi radio, 2ser and Radio National.  For a preview of the event read this article by Mike Williams.  All the event details can be found here.

Guest Presenter: Jesse Cox
Live Content Producer: Kate Ryan
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 



Kid’s Promises
Produced by Zacha Rosen

Promise to Past
Produced by Alex Kennett

In this story we hear from Kat. Kat’s story is one of war and exodus of leaving her family and her culture to resettle in Australia. These experiences have led Kat to make some firm and unusual promises to her family, her religion and her culture but most of all to herself. Alexandra Kennett brings us Kat’s story.

In Loving Memory of Some Guy
Written and read by Zoe Norton Lodge

It seems like most promises we make are to our dearest and nearest…even if more often than not it’s the last thing we want to do. Next up we hear from Zoe Norton Lodge and the type of promise you just cant ever get out of…. This story was published as part of Seizure, a themed magazine for new writers seizureonline.com.

Promise to Baby
Produced by Sophia Mallam

There are times when promises aren’t so much made as…forced upon us. In our next story Sophie Mallam caught up with Sydney writer, Antonia Hayes, to talk about the hardest  promise she’s ever had to make.

Lord of the Leash
Written and read by Tom Ballard
Recorded live at ‘Stories of Kindness’ a night curated by Eddie Sharp at the Jurassic Lounge Sydney
Recorded and edited by Kate Ryan

So far today, we have heard about promises made to our self, to our faith and those we love. But what about those promises to be people we hardly know? What is it that makes us keep these?

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Alex Storey
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Peter Cagnacci


Heroes and Villians

Scott Mcleod
Produced by Nancy Notzon

A few months ago at the Graphic festival, we met Scott McLeod. Scott has been in the comic book industry for over 25 years now, and in that time has written and drawn his own comic book series, written for the Superman series and also published a number of books. Nancy Notzon spoke to Scott recently and this begun our show on Heroes & Villains this morning on All The Best.

Big Kids
Produced by Brigitte Dagg

Danny Chifley is a 34 year old Sydney Sider who is still actively engaged in the purchasing of and playing with toys. He still considers himself very much a ‘big kid.’ In this story, Danny talks about his holidays to New York spending hours in toy stores, and confesses Star Wars still plays a big part in his life.

Produced by Kath Lim

The Witch is the quintessential villain. For centuries people blamed everything on witches, from failed crops, to disease, death & famine, often resulting in the witches paying a high price for these accusations, most of the time, this was death. In this story, Kath Lim talks with three Sydney wiccans, David Gardiner, Jane Meredith and Glenys Livingstone.

Anthony Reilly
Written by Eddie Sharp
Narrated by Luke Rodley

Super villains don’t really exist, do they? In this tale written by Eddie Sharp, he tells the story of a real life villain so swift, so stealth-like, and so down-right genius, that anyone who knew about him was sworn to secrecy. It is the story of Anthony Reilly, a cinema thief from Sydney.

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Kath Lim
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos