Season 1 Episode 16 – Tattooed Mother



The days that followed were as sharp as serrated tussock. On the night itself, she’d taken a breath in, and didn’t breathe out again. A neck was scratched. A cough. And time bent in a thousand ways.

Tattooed Mother by Annie Drum

This piece is about the passing of my mother. I wrote it very quickly, with few changes. The story flowed out as if it were always waiting to be told.

I write short stories and poetry and am working on a novel-length manuscript. In 2016 my collection of short stories, ‘Like Trees’, was published by Pomonal Publishing.

You can purchase Annie’s book, ‘Like Trees’,  here.



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

Annie Drum’s short story, Tattooed Mother, is performed by Jen Farrow. Jen also produced and edited Tattooed Mother.

Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   “Masonry” and “Sage The Hunter”.

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

Sound effects used in this episode by:

1942 12 17 Providence RI By Duke Ellington CC0 1.0, Body_impact By Ansel, Digging By Tanapistorius, Double_cough_01 By Jedeshon, Door Bang 1 By Iamslenderman, Floor Creaking_High_Near_Mono By _stubb, Girl, female, sniffing By SpliceSound, Group-Attack_Masked_Lapwing By Digifishmusic, Headbanging 2 By Benboncan, Kings’ Hut Late Eve Short By Kangaroovindaloo, Metal_Gate_open_close By Suz_Soundcreations, Sad Day By Bensound, Scratching head By Mr_Alden, sip of coffee, swallow then “ah” By Odditonic, Sheep in field By Soundmary, Quiet-room-tone-captured-from-a-small-sized-kitchen Extracted By Jmbphilmes, Wall clock By Straget

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