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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.

    Danube Dreaming

    Danube Dreaming

    So now I’m lying in bed and listening to the rain.
    The sky is grey and heavy, the rain is heavy and wet.
    Fat drops fall to the concrete like drip drip drip.
    I could be anywhere in the world but I’m not.
    I’m in Budapest and the city is crying big fat tears.
    The Danube is flowing and filling, the Danube is threatening to flood.
    I’m safe in my bed and I’m sad it my apartment and I don’t know why.

       

    This piece was written while I was working as a tour guide in Europe and essentially questioning what the hell I was doing there. The piece moves back and forth between Budapest and Melbourne and is about missed opportunities and missing home.

    Patrick's first word was ‘No’ and he's spent the majority of his life attempting to remedy that attitude. When he's not writing he's walking, be it across countries, through mountains or to his local pub, taking curious baby steps to wherever it is he's going. You can keep up with him – he's really very slow – at www.patboxall.com

    Pat is also the winner of 2020 Stuart Hadow short story competition.

     

    Acknowledgements:

    Memoria was written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie Vella.

    I carried him was written and read by Pat Boxall.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode was 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.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/memoriapodcast

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 10 min
    The Joint Before Xmas

    The Joint Before Xmas

    The joint was artfully constructed with three Tally Hos; a sort of stoner oragami. I sparked it behind Grandpa’s old shearing shed and it smouldered in the stifling Christmas Eve sun. Inhaling deeply, I felt my eyes droop and my brain numb.

       

    As a teenager on Christmas Eve, I escape the watchful eyes of my relatives for a moment of solitude. However, when a fire breaks out, the family must come together in a collective effort to save the farm.

    Nick Orchard is a Melbourne-based writer, social worker and former professional rapper. Nick has previously published on The Dad Website, and is currently writing a novel exploring themes of homelessness, community and overcoming trauma.

     

    Acknowledgements:

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

    I carried him was written and read by Nick Orchard.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode was 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.

     

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/memoriapodcast

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 7 min
    I Carried Him

    I Carried Him

    I was in labour - 20 weeks too early. The doctor was hopeful that they could slow the contractions and delay labour as my membranes had not yet ruptured. He did an ultrasound, sending images of our baby boy onto the small monitor. The baby was okay but if he was born they wouldn’t be able to do anything to save him – viability was still three weeks away.

       

    What happens when a baby is stillborn? It isn't something that is often discussed and we are rarely prepared for it.

    In April 1999, my second son Brendan was stillborn at 20 weeks, his birth was traumatic as were the years following with grief and loss.

    Megan Warren is an aspiring writer living in Esperance WA. She has a Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) and has facilitated writing and creativity workshops. Megan writes on the topics of pregnancy loss, stillbirth and grief.

    Writing My Way through Grief in Surviving My First Year of Child Loss: Personal Stories from Grieving Parents, Nathalie Himmelrich, Ed. 2017.

     

     

    Acknowledgements:

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

    I carried him was written and read by Megan Warren.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode was 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.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/memoriapodcast

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 5 min
    I Can See Through your Lululemons

    I Can See Through your Lululemons

    My Chinese herbalist is coming down off E

    She drinks diuretic tea on weekdays / on Sundays takes MD

    She talks the walk / connect the dots / as she aligns my chi

    Dysfunctional / functional / holistic / ballistic

    This lifestyle’s feeling so sadistic

       

    In my quest for health, I became sicker and sicker. I followed the advice of people in the fitness and wellness industries and ended up with chronic hives. My poem is a rant against the world that's more interested in creating a "picture of health" than anything real.

    Jenny Hedley's writing appears in SCUM, Gone Lawn, Travel Play Live magazine and Vanishing Act. She studies creative writing at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

     

    Acknowledgements:

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

    I can see through your Lululemons was written and read by Jennifer Hedly.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode was 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.

     

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/memoriapodcast

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 6 min
    Do you hear what I hear?

    Do you hear what I hear?

    I heard the creak as our bedroom door was opened, very slowly, and left ever-so-slightly ajar. The thin shaft of light revealed the shadow of a man moving towards the bed behind the door. The bed of my eight-year-old sister.

       

    In the late 1960s, family structure was largely uncomplicated: hardworking dad, stay-at-home mum and a couple of well-groomed kids. Parties were invitation-only and probably as well structured as the families who held them. I wouldn't know – our family wasn’t invited to any parties. Our family structure was too complicated: a pensioner mum (aka a deserted wife) with three innocent kids.

    My first memoir was accepted by Memoria in 2017, I have been steadily writing in my downtime since ... from editorials and a radio ad to children's books and another memoir. Writing makes me feel comfortable - regardless of the subject matter, I am in my happy place when I am writing.

    Acknowledgements:

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

    Do you hear what I hear was written and read by Simone Bowers.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode was 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.

     

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/memoriapodcast

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 8 min
    The Undelivered Eulogy

    The Undelivered Eulogy

    75 years, 8 months and 19 days seems like a very short life, doesn’t it? I stand here and see hundreds and hundreds of you here to grieve my father, a man so widely loved and admired.

       

    When my father died, my brothers and I talked about what, if anything, we would say at his funeral. For reasons that this piece hopefully makes obvious, we chose not to say anything. But while we were talking about our childhood, I kept mentally composing phrases and sentences that I would have used if I'd delivered the eulogy I'd been brave enough. So, while the eulogy is fictional, insofar as I never delivered it, the stories it tells are true.

    Lyn is a fiction writer as well as a consulting corporate writer and editor, Her first novel, a literary suspense thriller entitled The Silent Listener, is to be published by Penguin Random House in 2021.

    Acknowledgements:

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

    Jack was written and read by Lyn Yeowart.  The story was sound edited by Jen Farrow.

    Music in this episode was 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.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/memoriapodcast

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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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