S04EP1 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.




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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