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Inspired by flash fiction and the narrative non-fiction form, Memoria is a show which explores slices of life; moments in time that have transformed people and shaped who they have become. Whether it was the moment leaving a destructive relationship or the joy of discovering the taste of Wizz Fizz sugar packets, these 400-word snapshots will be adapted into audio stories with actors, music, and sound.

Hosted by Nat V with illustrations by Peta Manning.

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Inspired by flash fiction and the narrative non-fiction form, Memoria is a show which explores slices of life; moments in time that have transformed people and shaped who they have become. Whether it was the moment leaving a destructive relationship or the joy of discovering the taste of Wizz Fizz sugar packets, these 400-word snapshots will be adapted into audio stories with actors, music, and sound.

Hosted by Nat V with illustrations by Peta Manning.

    S4 E1 - Spirit of Punk Live Storytelling - Part 1

    S4 E1 - Spirit of Punk Live Storytelling - Part 1

    Spirit of Punk

    To begin our new season, we have something very special for you. A series of live stories we recorded in conjunction with the Spirit of Punk at the end of last year at Buck Mulligan's bar in Melbourne. The principle of Spirit of Punk is simple. All you need to do is show up and read a piece of your work no longer than the duration of a Ramones song. How easy is that?

    The recordings are live so there are some little mic disturbances here and there. But more than anything there is the unmistakeable courage of writers taking to the stage to read their non-fiction stories..

    So to kick it all off, here is Nic Brasch to tell us how he started the Spirit of Punk. And as with every Spirit of punk event, Nic follows his introduction by reading one of his own pieces. Tonight, Nic reads his flash memoir, I Can Tell Anyone Anything.

    Writers in this episode I Can Tell Anyone Anything by Nic Brasch

    My story is prompted by some advice I got from the writer, Christos Tsiolkas, who told me, ‘You can tell anyone anything’, after I had related an experience related to my sister’s suicide. His advice was spot on.

    Nicolas is a writer, a teacher of writing, Chair of Writers Victoria, and the founder and host of Spirit of Punk, an open mic event for emerging writers.

    Mind Your Own Business by Erica Murdoch

    You think that you know everything there is to know about your parents. You have them pigeonholed and all worked out. Or so you think. Then life throws a curveball and you are left breathless, skeptical and scared. And underneath it all maybe not surprised. Maybe the clues were there all along and you just chose to ignore them.

    Erica is a freelance writer and has completed an Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT She has been published in Fairfax Media, Weekend Notes and N-scribe.

    Kindness by Annie Drum

    Kindness is a story about somebody in her family.

    Annie Drum is a Ballarat-based writer whose work has appeared in anthologies and poetry chapbooks. She writes short stories and poetry and is working on a novel as well as a young adult novel.

    Purchase her short story collection, Like Trees.

    Nadine by Helena Spyrou

    Harking back to my youth when almost every week I would listen and dance to live music in pubs around Melbourne.

    Helena Spyrou is a Melbourne-based writer. She has been previously published in a number of journals, including Meanjin and Going Down Swinging. She works for the Union movement.

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    S3 E6 - Your Big Hands

    S3 E6 - Your Big Hands

    his piece was written the day after my grandpa's funeral. He'd been dying for such a long time that his actual passing seemed somewhat routine. This story explores the ceremony and banality of life ending.

    Zoë's writing has been recognised in the 2017 and 2016 Grace Marion Wilson competition, the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize and the 2016 Overland Story Wine Prize.

    Acknowledgements:

    Memoria is written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

    Your Big Hands is written and read by f  The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   Sage the Hunter, When in the West and The Envelope.

    Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

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    S3 E5 - Burn

    S3 E5 - Burn

    My parents were part of a friendship group and all the offspring would flit between each others houses, backyards and the neighbourhood largely unsupervised. 'Burn' is about the beginning of the end of innocence and friendship.

    Emily Anderson is a writer, editor and lawyer from Melbourne, Australia. She was recently published in Visible Ink's annual anthology and you can find her at emilyanderson.com.au

    Acknowledgements:

    Memoria is written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

    Burn is written and read by Emily Anderson.  The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   When in the West, The Envelope and Sage the Hunter.

    Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

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    S3 E4 - I Confess, I Let Him Touch Me

    S3 E4 - I Confess, I Let Him Touch Me

    *This episode contains descriptions of assault that may not be suitable for all listeners. Please use discretion.

    In a night of real trauma and fear, I had to reimagine and reclaim my role from that of being 'the prey' so that I could survive.

    Freelance Writer, Fashion Journalist, Professional Movie Critic, Nationwide Australian Style Writer, Yogini, Founder of theloveauthentic.  Curious and trained as a Journalist, Private Investigator and Fashion Designer, writing a psychological thriller novel.

    Acknowledgements:

    Memoria is written, produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

    I Confess, I Let Him Touch Me  is written and read by Simmon Wagner. The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,  “Pat Dog” and “Heliotrope”.

    Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

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    • 9 min
    S3 E3 - Salting the Reaper’s Fields

    S3 E3 - Salting the Reaper’s Fields

    I sat in the waiting room, teeth chattering, gasping for breath between counting down the numbers flashing on the screen next to the TV running the seven am news at ten, the reporter regurgitating reports of this disaster in this country and that tension between those two parties, the volume turned down low, almost deliberately so you were forced to think. And to over-think. The lips of the news anchor mouthing along to the chatter that had become my inner-monologue, nagging.

    Gnawing.

    Stop.

    Three more to go.

    Salting the Reaper’s Fields by Ashvin Jeevan

     

    Salting the Reaper’s Fields is based off the journal entries documenting my experience as a young gay man newly diagnosed with HIV. It is a story of triumph and recognising one’s own resilience when faced with adversity.

    Aashvin is a peer-worker with Living Positive Victoria who responds to persons newly diagnosed with HIV or presenting with complexities from an earlier diagnosis.

    Acknowledgements:

    Memoria is written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

    Salting the Reaper’s Fields is written and read by Ashvin Jeevan. The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   “Pat Dog” and “Heliotrope”.

    Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

     

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    • 9 min
    S3 E2 - Poverty Delusion

    S3 E2 - Poverty Delusion

    Official definition: a false belief of a person that he or she is impoverished or will be deprived of material possessions.

    *A warning. This episode is about suicide and may not be suitable for everyone. Please use discretion.

    Poverty Delusion by Nicolas Brasch

    Sometimes you learn about things when you least expect to - and when you don't want to. Have you ever heard of poverty delusion? It's an official psychiatric condition. I hadn't heard of it until ... I wish I'd never heard of it. I hadn't heard of it until ... my sister had it. Until she took her life.

    Nicolas is a writer, a teacher of writing, Chair of Writers Victoria, and the founder and host of Spirit of Punk, an open mic event for emerging writers.

    You can find Nicolas on his website and Instagram.

    Acknowledgements:

    Memoria is written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

    Poverty Delusion is written and read by Nicolas Brasch. The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   "Pat Dog" and "Heliotrope".

    Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

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Customer Reviews

WFFME ,

Guts of Life

Discovered Memoria 2019 (actually, discovered the world of podcasts then too! I know, I know...).
Love the program as it’s always choice and the quality of the writings high as. Couldn’t help going back to season 1 to listen all the way through. Real guts of life, love it. tbh, wish the show was longer.

Sammii630 ,

A fabulous new experience

I soak up every podcasted word during my Memoria moments. I cringe, laugh, cry, reel in disbelief and am constantly amazed at the calibre of writing. A wonderfully put-together podcast by Nat and everyone involved.

VickysEyes ,

Focused listening

For a brief but enriching number of minutes I relax and listen to another’s story. It’s always wonderful and worthwhile.

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