There was no room in that stifling box – five paces from the door to the cupboards opposite. A tiny chipboard table jammed against the other wall was the meal prep area. If you took three steps forward from there, you would bump into the sink where the mottled green glass of the lone casement window above the sink turned the sun’s rays into sickly fingers of heat. But the kitchen of my childhood tells a story if you know where to look.
Dr Who in the kitchen of my childhood
Podcast flash story by Marina Byrne
I come from a family of 8 kids. We had very little money and I always had the sense that I needed to walk on eggshells to avoid triggering simmering tensions. With so many kids to feed, the kitchen in my childhood house was always in use and was the backdrop to a lot of conflict.
Winner of the 2018 QWC Flash Fiction prize, I have been writing for many years. I write and edit blogs, books and articles for businesses and other people through my business (Marina Catherine Editing Services), but love to work on my own creative writing projects when time permits.
Memoria was written, produced, edited and presented by Natalie Vella
Dr Who in the kitchen of my childhood was written and read by Marina Byrne. 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.
The Joint Before Xmas
2. 180081 Curtains 01 By FST180081 CC BY 3.0
3. Crowd shouting on the street By Hellonyou CC BY-NC 3.0
4. Dinner table ambience By Mr_Alden CC BY-NC 3.0
5. Drinking Water Bottle By NebbiaOne CC BY-NC 3.0
6. Empty Beer Bottles Clinking, Clanking By Fugeni CC0 1.0
7. Fire Brigade Siren - Street – Cars By LanDub CC0 1.0
8. Footsteps, Tile, Male Tennis Shoes, Slow Pace By SpliceSound CC0 1.0
9. Hip-Hop loop #17 By Decentyo CC0 1.0
10. Lighting a Cigarette Taking Drag By User_7146007 CC0 1.0
11. Putting out fire By SoundMarnus CC BY 3.0
12. RagingFireplace By Kkswinso CC0 1.0
13. Rolling paper roll joint By Kyles CC0 1.0
14. Rotary phone dial numbers By Iwdickens CC0 1.0
15. Rural Australia morning birds By Tim.kahn CC BY-NC 3.0
16. Sample Screen Doors By SvennSound CC0 1.0
17. Smoking Variations By Fluffayfish CC BY-NC 3.0
18. Watercarpet By Mikaelfernstrom CC BY 3.0
19. Water, Pouring, A By InspectorJ CC BY 3.0
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