Season 4 – Episode 2 Part 2 – Spirit of Punk Live Storytelling

 
 
 
 
 

Spirit of Punk

Live storytelling

The final part of our two-part 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.

Writers in this episode

 Confessions of a Boarder by Lacey Smith

I came to write this piece to answer the main questions everybody asks me when I mention that I endured boarding school. Many people have an idealistic view of boarding house life: beautiful buildings, a good education, working air conditioning etc.; I felt the need to set the record straight.

Lacey Smith is an Australian-Canadian writer and podcaster, currently working on her first novel. At 14 she was selling merchandise for a satanic metal band but has now put those wild days behind her. She lives in Melbourne with her long-suffering husband and their Westie, Maisie.

 

Hell Bent by Noeleen Ginnane

End 2019, nearly a wrap on my Diploma Writing/Editing, Swinburne. I’d relocated on 15 November, before which 15 June. Exhausted. Broke as a freak. ‘Provide 500 words, memoir,’ teach said, as if you could whip that up with a thought, pause and muse. I panicked, pulled out past sufferances; re-felt, altered, submitted it.

‘I’ve written since forever,’ Noeleen Ginnane tells us. ‘It kept me sane, teen years. If I hadn’t wagged school so much to write, I’d never have failed it as well as I did.’ Modestly published in Australia, and (erotica) in the U.K. and U.S., Noeleen’s ‘only recently confessed to/begun living the writer I am.’

She has been published in: I can’t Breathe – Fremantle Arts Review, The TV – Western Word, Mother In Top Gear – Perth Child Magazine, Quiet – Oz Poetic Society,  Sweet Selection, Army Style, Blossoms Full Bloom, Sweatbox, Aunty Said – In The Buff (UK), Aunty Said – Best Women’s Erotica (USA), Batman and The Fisherman, My Mother’s Torment – Reader’s Digest

The Stink by Laura Wild

I have terrible taste in romantic partners. This memory always makes me laugh and it’s a story I tell friends when we get bogged down. At least our pillows are clean, mate.

Poorly navigating the internet one LiveLeak video at a time, Laura Wild is an Australian writer currently studying at Swinburne University of Technology. She lives in Melbourne, Victoria with her partner and the four houseplants that have managed to survive her ineffectual care. She has been published in Backstory Journal and Other Terrain Journal. 

 

 

Acknowledgements:

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

Special thanks go to Jen Farrow for her recording tech on the night and Nic Brasch for letting us record his event.

Thank you to the writers who took part in this episode:

Lacey Smith, Noeleen Ginnane and Laura Wild.

The stories in this episode are sound edited by Natalie Vella.

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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Season 4 – Episode 1 Part 1 – Spirit of Punk Live Storytelling

 
 
 
 
 

Spirit of Punk

Live storytelling

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.

 

Acknowledgements:

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

Special thanks go to Jen Farrow for her recording tech on the night and Nic Brasch for letting us record his event.

Thank you to the writers who took part in this episode:

Nic Brash, Erica Murdoch, Annie Drum and Helena Spyrou.

The stories in this episode is sound edited by Natalie Vella.

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.

Post production

 

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