#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

#1418 Amazing Babes – Live at EWF

Inspired by Eliza Sarlos’s picture book Amazing Babes, the Emerging Writers’ Festival invited an incredible line up of writers to tell stories about the women who have inspired them, in their writing and their lives. It was a night to be inspired and celebrate the women who made us who we are. Here, we share some of their stories, and capture a slice of the nigh with music from Canberra-based girl band ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ and three stories of truly amazing babes.

Brodie Lancaster on Tavi Gevinson

Cathy Petocz on Caryl Churchill + Jenny Kemp

Jo Randerson on all of the women

Music Credits:  ‘We Must’ written by Cathy Petocz and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and produced by Cinnamon Records, 2014. Performed by Cathy Petocz, Amanda Thorson, Luciana Harrison, Hannah de Feyter, and Jordan Rodger.  Their EP will be released in Winter 2014.

Wintercoats remix of ‘Transatlantica’ by Guerre features in Brodie Lancaster’s story.

Recorded and edited by Leona Hameed

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Grace Lee

#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

Story told by Kerry Toomey
Produced by Jesse Cox

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



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