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Tall Tales & True

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Tall Tales & True

Tall Tales & True

ABC Radio

23
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43
Plays
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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

Jessica Ferrari — Disguises

We all have ways of dealing with grief. As a child, Jessica Ferrari felt so responsible for others feeling sad about the death of her father that she decided to tell them she was "over it". Years later, she discovered it's really okay to feel sad.

9 minAUG 13
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Jessica Ferrari — Disguises

Charles Edwards — Dignity

Recovering from a particularly nasty skiing accident, Charles Edwards takes up a friend's offer to join her on a Pacific island holiday. Little does he know it will lead to naked sailing and letting go of his dignity while hobbling on crutches, in front of guests, at a Vanuatu beach resort.

8 minAUG 12
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Charles Edwards — Dignity

Louise Newton-Keogh — I Love You

Hearing the words "I love you" from her mother when she was a child sent a chill of dread through Louise Newton-Keogh. They were a warning sign of trouble ahead ... that her mother, who suffered from bi-polar disorder, was about to sink into another episode of mental illness. Louise and her siblings learnt to cope but the impact has been long-lasting. Warning: This episode refers to mental illness. For more information or support contact Lifeline 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

8 minAUG 12
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Louise Newton-Keogh — I Love You

Kwong Yue Yang — My hero Jackie Chan

As a Chinese-Australian growing up in Canberra, Kwong Yue Yang felt anything but cool. A maths nerd with a bowl haircut, Kwong struck on a plan to become a cool kid. He'd track down Jackie Chan, his movie star idol, at a local restaurant to get a picture and an autograph. But rustling up the courage to pull it off was entirely another thing.

8 minAUG 12
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Kwong Yue Yang — My hero Jackie Chan

Elyse Mcinerney — Off With The Fairy

When nine-year-old Elyse receives a thank you note from a fairy for building a miniature palace, it sparks a pen pal friendship that leads to schoolyard adoration and shared secrets. But then on holidays, the truth is revealed about her new friend, shattering a childhood dream.

6 minAUG 12
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Elyse Mcinerney — Off With The Fairy

INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series 8: "Letting Go"

The best of Australian storytelling ... true stories, told live, from all around Australia. This season we're talking about the difficult task of "letting go", in all sorts of ways. Of grief, or the fear of hearing the words "I love you". You'll hear five incredible stories about how getting over long-held habits and stumbling blocks can reveal new ways to see ourselves. The series is out on August 13.

2 minAUG 6
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INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series 8: "Letting Go"

Elliana Lawford — In my own skin

Elliana Lawford is a Wiradjuri and Anaiwan woman from NSW, but people think she’s white because she has pale skin. On her journey to self acceptance, Elliana finds a creative way to consolidate her identity and bury shame forever. This story was first told at SPUN Stories, a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects.

10 min2019 DEC 9
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Elliana Lawford — In my own skin

Bilha Smith — Transformed

As a child in Palestine, Bilha Smith was shunned. She learned early on what it was like to look and feel different. Years later, when she looked more ‘normal’, she found that, inside, she still felt ‘different’. Bilha realised that being comfortable in your own skin can be a lifelong journey. This story was first told at SPUN Stories, a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects.

9 min2019 DEC 9
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Bilha Smith — Transformed

Sinead Bevan – I'm f*#%ing helpful

Can you ever be too helpful? Yes, you can ... Sinead Bevan has the story to prove it. Sinead agrees to be a beauty salon demonstration model for a new technique called 'sugaring'. It involves hot wax, sugar and a Brazilian. As she lies down in front of a large group of students and dutifully ‘butterflies’, she reflects on the cost to her body of being so helpful. This story was first told at Barefaced Stories, a live storytelling event and podcast. *WARNING: This episode contains strong language and adult concepts.

9 min2019 DEC 9
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Sinead Bevan – I'm f*#%ing helpful

Bali Padda — The Big Snip

Do you remember your first ever haircut? Bali Padda does, but not for the reasons you might expect. The actor and diversity advocate tells us about an unlikely life-changing experience involving scissors and a very big bunch of hair. This story was first told at Queerstories, a national LGBTQI+ storytelling project and podcast.

12 min2019 DEC 9
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Bali Padda — The Big Snip

Latest Episodes

Jessica Ferrari — Disguises

We all have ways of dealing with grief. As a child, Jessica Ferrari felt so responsible for others feeling sad about the death of her father that she decided to tell them she was "over it". Years later, she discovered it's really okay to feel sad.

9 minAUG 13
Comments
Jessica Ferrari — Disguises

Charles Edwards — Dignity

Recovering from a particularly nasty skiing accident, Charles Edwards takes up a friend's offer to join her on a Pacific island holiday. Little does he know it will lead to naked sailing and letting go of his dignity while hobbling on crutches, in front of guests, at a Vanuatu beach resort.

8 minAUG 12
Comments
Charles Edwards — Dignity

Louise Newton-Keogh — I Love You

Hearing the words "I love you" from her mother when she was a child sent a chill of dread through Louise Newton-Keogh. They were a warning sign of trouble ahead ... that her mother, who suffered from bi-polar disorder, was about to sink into another episode of mental illness. Louise and her siblings learnt to cope but the impact has been long-lasting. Warning: This episode refers to mental illness. For more information or support contact Lifeline 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

8 minAUG 12
Comments
Louise Newton-Keogh — I Love You

Kwong Yue Yang — My hero Jackie Chan

As a Chinese-Australian growing up in Canberra, Kwong Yue Yang felt anything but cool. A maths nerd with a bowl haircut, Kwong struck on a plan to become a cool kid. He'd track down Jackie Chan, his movie star idol, at a local restaurant to get a picture and an autograph. But rustling up the courage to pull it off was entirely another thing.

8 minAUG 12
Comments
Kwong Yue Yang — My hero Jackie Chan

Elyse Mcinerney — Off With The Fairy

When nine-year-old Elyse receives a thank you note from a fairy for building a miniature palace, it sparks a pen pal friendship that leads to schoolyard adoration and shared secrets. But then on holidays, the truth is revealed about her new friend, shattering a childhood dream.

6 minAUG 12
Comments
Elyse Mcinerney — Off With The Fairy

INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series 8: "Letting Go"

The best of Australian storytelling ... true stories, told live, from all around Australia. This season we're talking about the difficult task of "letting go", in all sorts of ways. Of grief, or the fear of hearing the words "I love you". You'll hear five incredible stories about how getting over long-held habits and stumbling blocks can reveal new ways to see ourselves. The series is out on August 13.

2 minAUG 6
Comments
INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series 8: "Letting Go"

Elliana Lawford — In my own skin

Elliana Lawford is a Wiradjuri and Anaiwan woman from NSW, but people think she’s white because she has pale skin. On her journey to self acceptance, Elliana finds a creative way to consolidate her identity and bury shame forever. This story was first told at SPUN Stories, a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects.

10 min2019 DEC 9
Comments
Elliana Lawford — In my own skin

Bilha Smith — Transformed

As a child in Palestine, Bilha Smith was shunned. She learned early on what it was like to look and feel different. Years later, when she looked more ‘normal’, she found that, inside, she still felt ‘different’. Bilha realised that being comfortable in your own skin can be a lifelong journey. This story was first told at SPUN Stories, a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin by StoryProjects.

9 min2019 DEC 9
Comments
Bilha Smith — Transformed

Sinead Bevan – I'm f*#%ing helpful

Can you ever be too helpful? Yes, you can ... Sinead Bevan has the story to prove it. Sinead agrees to be a beauty salon demonstration model for a new technique called 'sugaring'. It involves hot wax, sugar and a Brazilian. As she lies down in front of a large group of students and dutifully ‘butterflies’, she reflects on the cost to her body of being so helpful. This story was first told at Barefaced Stories, a live storytelling event and podcast. *WARNING: This episode contains strong language and adult concepts.

9 min2019 DEC 9
Comments
Sinead Bevan – I'm f*#%ing helpful

Bali Padda — The Big Snip

Do you remember your first ever haircut? Bali Padda does, but not for the reasons you might expect. The actor and diversity advocate tells us about an unlikely life-changing experience involving scissors and a very big bunch of hair. This story was first told at Queerstories, a national LGBTQI+ storytelling project and podcast.

12 min2019 DEC 9
Comments
Bali Padda — The Big Snip
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