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Tall Tales & True

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Tall Tales & True
Tall Tales & True

Tall Tales & True

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Tall Tales & True brings together the very best of live storytelling from across Australia. Courageous storytellers front up to the microphone to bare their soul and share their life-changing moments in front of a live audience. Captivating, jaw-dropping and thought provoking, these pure Australian stories will make you laugh, cry or gasp, or maybe all three at once.

Latest Episodes

Leah Purcell — mum’s greatest gift

Leah Purcell's purpose had always been to look after her mum. And while she had dreams of the big city and becoming an actor, being a Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri girl from the bush made that unlikely. Leah had a baby at 17 with an abusive man which made her acting dreams impossible. That was until her mother's greatest gift, her death. Warning: This episode contains some swearing. This story was first told atThe Wheeler CenterGala in Melbourne, in 2018. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs.

14 MINJUL 23
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Leah Purcell — mum’s greatest gift

Gus Fitzgerald – how to survive in open water

Gus Fitzgerald was just 10 when he was swept out to sea in rough and wild surf conditions. His father calmly followed, walking down the beach. Then Gus realised, his dad wasn't going to save him. It was up to him. When he lost his father to cancer, Gus had to learn another lesson, how to stay afloat without him altogether. Warning: This episode contains some swearing. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are also advised it includes the name of someone who has died. This story first aired on SPUN Stories a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs. If you or anyone you know needs help or advice there is support available: Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 Headspace on 1800 650 890 QLife on 1800 184 527

15 MINJUL 23
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Gus Fitzgerald – how to survive in open water

Tim Bishop — a road trip back to country

"I could grow old with you, you know, I could really grow old with you," Tim Bishop's partner said to him. This was in the early days of their relationship, and Tim knew he was in for something. His man was from Cabbage Tree Island and knew his land as the land of his people since time immemorial. But one day it came time for Tim to take a road trip back to his man's family alone. Warning: there is some swearing in this episode. This story was first told atQueerstories, a LGBTQI+ live storytelling event and podcast with regular events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs.

11 MINJUL 23
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Tim Bishop — a road trip back to country

David Marr — his most bizarre day

It was while he was high on LSD on the day of his wedding to Jenny that David Marr had arealisation:he was gay. David knew what he’d done was wrong, marrying was a mistake. Despite this devastating insight, he felt an absolute calm, almost relief.While he was a passionate advocate for the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite, David wasn’t sure he wanted to get married again. Warning: there is some swearing in this episode. This story was first told atQueerstories, a LGBTQI+ live storytelling event and podcast with regular events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs.

13 MINJUL 23
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David Marr — his most bizarre day

Bridget Judd – finding the words to speak

May 28 was a bit of a blur for Bridget Judd. She remembers her mum's phone call and that she knew when she answered the news wasn't going to be good. She had lost her beloved father. Being a journalist, Bridget is used to finding the language to describe events. But this time she found herself in silence and unable to find the words to speak. Warning: this episode contains references to suicide, which may cause distress. This story first aired on SPUN Storiesa live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs. If you or anyone you know needs help or advice there is support available: Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 Headspace on 1800 650 890 QLife on 1800 184 527

14 MINJUL 23
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Bridget Judd – finding the words to speak

INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series Six

Losing a lover, losing a father or even losing yourself. What happens when your world gets turned upside down? And how often do weactually talk to each other about loss? In this series of Tall Tales & True, five people share personal stories of the transformation that can come from grief and loss. All five episodes will be available on Tuesday, July 23.

2 MINJUL 17
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INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series Six

PRESENTS – ABC Comedy Presents

Tall Tales & True brings you the best live storytelling from across Australia. But some of the best stories come from the comedy stage. ABC Comedy Presents is a new podcast devoted to stand-up where each month you’ll get a brand new comedy special. The first episode is from Australian comedian Felicity Ward performing her award-winning show, The Hedgehog Dilemma. You can find ABC Comedy Presents on the ABC Listen app or wherever you get your podcasts.

1 MINMAY 1
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PRESENTS – ABC Comedy Presents

Sally Sara — making Christmas "Christmasy"

The least "Christmasy" member of the Sara family finds joy after deciding to get the most out of life at the behest of a loved one.

13 MIN2018 DEC 3
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Sally Sara — making Christmas "Christmasy"

Sophie Townsend — the things you miss

Sophie Townsend totally owns being a really crap driver but strangely misses the disharmony it could cause.

8 MIN2018 DEC 3
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Sophie Townsend — the things you miss

Jamie Cook — grandma said a bad word

Jamie Cook's Scottish family test family dynamics with a board game that involves the matriarch using really crass words

11 MIN2018 DEC 2
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Jamie Cook — grandma said a bad word

Latest Episodes

Leah Purcell — mum’s greatest gift

Leah Purcell's purpose had always been to look after her mum. And while she had dreams of the big city and becoming an actor, being a Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri girl from the bush made that unlikely. Leah had a baby at 17 with an abusive man which made her acting dreams impossible. That was until her mother's greatest gift, her death. Warning: This episode contains some swearing. This story was first told atThe Wheeler CenterGala in Melbourne, in 2018. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs.

14 MINJUL 23
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Leah Purcell — mum’s greatest gift

Gus Fitzgerald – how to survive in open water

Gus Fitzgerald was just 10 when he was swept out to sea in rough and wild surf conditions. His father calmly followed, walking down the beach. Then Gus realised, his dad wasn't going to save him. It was up to him. When he lost his father to cancer, Gus had to learn another lesson, how to stay afloat without him altogether. Warning: This episode contains some swearing. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are also advised it includes the name of someone who has died. This story first aired on SPUN Stories a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs. If you or anyone you know needs help or advice there is support available: Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 Headspace on 1800 650 890 QLife on 1800 184 527

15 MINJUL 23
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Gus Fitzgerald – how to survive in open water

Tim Bishop — a road trip back to country

"I could grow old with you, you know, I could really grow old with you," Tim Bishop's partner said to him. This was in the early days of their relationship, and Tim knew he was in for something. His man was from Cabbage Tree Island and knew his land as the land of his people since time immemorial. But one day it came time for Tim to take a road trip back to his man's family alone. Warning: there is some swearing in this episode. This story was first told atQueerstories, a LGBTQI+ live storytelling event and podcast with regular events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs.

11 MINJUL 23
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Tim Bishop — a road trip back to country

David Marr — his most bizarre day

It was while he was high on LSD on the day of his wedding to Jenny that David Marr had arealisation:he was gay. David knew what he’d done was wrong, marrying was a mistake. Despite this devastating insight, he felt an absolute calm, almost relief.While he was a passionate advocate for the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite, David wasn’t sure he wanted to get married again. Warning: there is some swearing in this episode. This story was first told atQueerstories, a LGBTQI+ live storytelling event and podcast with regular events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs.

13 MINJUL 23
Comments
David Marr — his most bizarre day

Bridget Judd – finding the words to speak

May 28 was a bit of a blur for Bridget Judd. She remembers her mum's phone call and that she knew when she answered the news wasn't going to be good. She had lost her beloved father. Being a journalist, Bridget is used to finding the language to describe events. But this time she found herself in silence and unable to find the words to speak. Warning: this episode contains references to suicide, which may cause distress. This story first aired on SPUN Storiesa live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects. The Producer for the ABC was Emma Gibbs. If you or anyone you know needs help or advice there is support available: Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 Headspace on 1800 650 890 QLife on 1800 184 527

14 MINJUL 23
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Bridget Judd – finding the words to speak

INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series Six

Losing a lover, losing a father or even losing yourself. What happens when your world gets turned upside down? And how often do weactually talk to each other about loss? In this series of Tall Tales & True, five people share personal stories of the transformation that can come from grief and loss. All five episodes will be available on Tuesday, July 23.

2 MINJUL 17
Comments
INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series Six

PRESENTS – ABC Comedy Presents

Tall Tales & True brings you the best live storytelling from across Australia. But some of the best stories come from the comedy stage. ABC Comedy Presents is a new podcast devoted to stand-up where each month you’ll get a brand new comedy special. The first episode is from Australian comedian Felicity Ward performing her award-winning show, The Hedgehog Dilemma. You can find ABC Comedy Presents on the ABC Listen app or wherever you get your podcasts.

1 MINMAY 1
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PRESENTS – ABC Comedy Presents

Sally Sara — making Christmas "Christmasy"

The least "Christmasy" member of the Sara family finds joy after deciding to get the most out of life at the behest of a loved one.

13 MIN2018 DEC 3
Comments
Sally Sara — making Christmas "Christmasy"

Sophie Townsend — the things you miss

Sophie Townsend totally owns being a really crap driver but strangely misses the disharmony it could cause.

8 MIN2018 DEC 3
Comments
Sophie Townsend — the things you miss

Jamie Cook — grandma said a bad word

Jamie Cook's Scottish family test family dynamics with a board game that involves the matriarch using really crass words

11 MIN2018 DEC 2
Comments
Jamie Cook — grandma said a bad word