Storyteller Caitlin Hicks, (playwright, performer, author, actor) describes the stories in these podcasts that explore the grief of life as well as the meaning, the humour, the redemption.
The series features a variety of first-person character stories in a number of episodes from her international theatrical touring shows: Mother Love, Next of Kin, The Trouble of Christmas, The Life We Lived.
Hicks will also share chapters from her novel," A Theory of Expanded Love". But here, she shares a short story from The Trouble of Christmas episodes, called Read Island Santa.
The introduction to the series itself begins this podcast, so please listen, even if it's summer outside!
The voices of Sunshine Coast residents and old timers, Cynthia Culbard Jones and Diana Culbard Peters are combined in this short about their first Christmas in the 30s at Read Island – so far away that Santa would never find them. And yet, a man named Mr. Green visits their school house on Christmas Eve and surprises everyone, ‘even the old bachelors'. It’s a charming story about the blissfully gullible time of being children.
SHEA FAMILY MOTORS
It's June 15th, 1963 in Pasadena, California. Yesterday, school let out for the summer. Two weeks ago Pope John XXIII died; today, a Soviet astronaut was launched into space.
But for the enormous Shea family, it's the Grand Opening of SHEA FAMILY MOTORS and everyone is there.
Lost at Disneyland
An enormous family goes for an outing on a hot, summer day in 1963. Packed to the gills in their VW bus, their brother Dominic, Is left behind.
"Can you imagine how many kids get left behind at Disneyland every year? . . . How many of the stories could possibly have a happy ending?
". . . The weird part is, when we lost Dominic, it was hours before we even realized he was gone. "-from A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE, the novel/ audiobook
Once we understand the astounding lottery of our own existence, how can we acknowledge our infinite disappearance? A story of two lives lived, the music between, and the sound of a mother's voice.
An everyday interaction with profound reverberations.
An almost-missed opportunity. Life, circumstance, death.
How do we find our meaning?
A woman passes a man on his porch every day. As he lays dying, she discovers his importance to her.
A THEORY of EXPANDED LOVE, audiobook Chapter 20
Annie Shea, 12 yrs old trapped in an enormous Catholic family in Pasadena, California in 1963. In this excerpt, Annie & her sisters Madcap & Clara visit Bee Bee. Just yesterday, Bee Bee gave birth to a baby girl, and was pressured to sign adoption papers. Now she desperately wants to see her newborn. Annie is sent to scout the nursery and meets a couple who meet their child for the first time.
A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE, Chapter 1
Chapter One of A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE, the award-winning debut novel written by Caitlin Hicks.
Reviews here: https://www.caitlinhicks.com/wordpress/reviews-for-a-theory-of-expanded-love/
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One Man's Family
Insightful and observant of human nature, emotional and engaging.
This story has haunting fluidity, enhanced by the author/narrator's rich, resonant voice. I loved listening to this. Caitlin is a gifted storyteller.
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I’m enjoying listening to these stories. And Caitlin is a natural and engaging storyteller.