55 episodes

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.

Tall Tales & True ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 346 Ratings

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.

    Amal Awad – Doorknock Dating

    Amal Awad – Doorknock Dating

    The best of Australian storytelling... true stories, told live, from the mountains to the sea, across the desert and right around Australia. This season we're talking about strangers and how planned or unexpected encounters can turn our lives upside down. You'll hear five stories about those we invite into our homes, those we can't keep out... and others whose suggestions take us far from our comfort zones.

    • 17 min
    Charlie and Emma King — Live Like a King

    Charlie and Emma King — Live Like a King

    Veteran Northern Territory broadcaster Charlie King is the son of two people from very different worlds and a consummate storyteller. After arriving in Darwin by bicycle, Charlie's 19-year-old father, from a well-to-do Victorian family, became ill and ended up in hospital where he met his bride-to-be, a Gurindji woman. Charlie's Dad was determined their different backgrounds wouldn't keep them apart. This story was first told at SPUN Stories, a live storytelling podcast created in Darwin, hosted by Jess Ong with production by Johanna Bell.

    • 16 min
    Juanita Phillips — Ghost Story

    Juanita Phillips — Ghost Story

    Midnight footsteps on a central staircase and a misplaced baby. New South Wales ABC TV newsreader Juanita Phillips was someone who didn't believe in ghosts or haunted houses... until she lived in one. A seriously rattled mother-in-law finally sparked a call for help. Enter ghost whisperer Pat, courtesy of a spiritualist church in Sydney.

    This story was first told at The Full Catastrophe, a live storytelling event at Giant Dwarf, Sydney.

    • 15 min
    Dave Pears — Relying on Strangers

    Dave Pears — Relying on Strangers

    Working on a boat off an island in the West Australian Kimberley region, Dave Pears learns a lesson about relying on the care of strangers. Stung by a blue-ringed octopus while making his way to the toilet, he manages to get to a house where the occupants and his crew mates must take action to save his life.

    • 11 min
    Sarah Macdonald — Taliban Money Tin

    Sarah Macdonald — Taliban Money Tin

    The last day of the school term can be exhausting for parents, kids and teachers alike. For ABC broadcaster Sarah Macdonald, the last day of school was particularly memorable. It started with her leaving a tin full of Afghan money at the school office and ended with police being called amid fears of a terror attack.

    This story was first told at The Full Catastrophe, a live storytelling event at Giant Dwarf, Sydney.

    • 10 min
    INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series 9 | Strangers

    INTRODUCING — Tall Tales & True Series 9 | Strangers

    The best of Australian storytelling... true stories, told live, from the mountains to the sea, across the desert and right around Australia. This season we're talking about strangers and how planned or unexpected encounters can turn our lives upside down. You'll hear five stories about those we invite into our homes, those we can't keep out... and others whose suggestions take us far from our comfort zones.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

DroverDan ,

Talk Tales and True

Just walked on the beach laughing as I listened to this podcasts

Daisy-Chain🌸🌼🌸🌼 ,

Thank you!

Loved this podcast so much!!!
Binged it on a family car trip and I was hooked!
Laughed a lot cried a lot.
Thanks so much

Profaen ,

No need to Sleep

I'm in Covid Isolation and have no reason to adhere to normal hours.I stayed up all night listening to Tall Tales & True.I loved every story. Some funny, some sad. Some polished and some rough. I can't watch that much TV without feeling guilty but somehow with the lights off and my phone on the pillow beside me, i felt less isolated.

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