Episode 12 – Lanes



What is it about lanes? What stories did you conjure up when your curious eye peered through the cracks of rusted corrugated back fences? What feet did you imagine trampled on bluestone surfaces?

Lanes by Helena Spyrou

Lanes is a remembrance of my teenage hood where I spent a lot of time walking through the lanes of Carlton in the early 1970s. I wrote the first draft of this piece in 1999 in a workshop with Arnold Zable that explored our relationships to cities. I was so pleased when it was later published in Meanjin (Vol 60, Issue 1, 2001). – Helena Spyrou

Helena Spyrou is of Cypriot and Greek heritage. She studies Writing and Editing at RMIT.



Memoria is written,  produced and presented by Nat V.

Helena Spyrou’s short story, Lanes, was performed by Nat V.

Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,  “November Mist” and “City Limits”.

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

Sound effects used in this episode by:

Carlton Ambience
By JenFarrow
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Traffic Light
By JenFarrow
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Beating Rug
By Jen Farrow
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By Lex777
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Ronda – Steps in the stone – Pasos sobre piedra
By sergeeo
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By Adam_N
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Corrugated Iron Crash.wav
By ReyDros
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By Dann93
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By BW Productions
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