S05EP02 – The rollerskaters by Suzanne Hermanoczki

 

 
 
 

Every Saturday morning, me and Sharon would go to the Inala Roller-Skating Rink. Blue, oval-shaped, and sunk deep down below the ground, the rink was like a big, blue swimming pool but sin any agua. Sharon’s papá would drive us there and would stay in the foyer to watch over us as we skated. We’d trade our matching brown sandalias we wore to school, for rental lace-up boot patines that came in all different shades of old black. The skates were lumpy and bumpy on the inside and out, from being used and worn by so many unknown chicos, who’d learnt on them, way way before us.

 

The rollerskaters

Podcast flash story by Suzanne Hermanoczki

The Roller-skaters is a short memoir piece about roller skating. My best friend’s dad used to take a whole bunch of us kids either to the rink or the drive-in. The rink was one of those 80’s Terminator and Stranger Things all-ages kids’ with big hair hang out kinda place; with video games, a DJ and a disco ball – and skating.

 

Suzanne Hermanoczki is a writer and teacher of creative writing. Her writing has been published in local and international publications including the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, TEXT and Verge Anthology. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, where she currently works.

Australian Multilingual Project
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
TEXT – Special Issue Series – ‘Writing and Trauma’ (Number 42): Verge 2019 Uncanny (Monash University Publishing)

 

 

Acknowledgements:

Memoria was written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie Vella

The Rollerskaters was written and read by Suzanne Hermanoczki.  The story was sound edited by Natalie Vella.

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.

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S04EP13 – Danube Dreaming by Pat Boxall

 

 
 
 

So now I’m lying in bed and listening to the rain.
The sky is grey and heavy, the rain is heavy and wet.
Fat drops fall to the concrete like drip drip drip.
I could be anywhere in the world but I’m not.
I’m in Budapest and the city is crying big fat tears.
The Danube is flowing and filling, the Danube is threatening to flood.
I’m safe in my bed and I’m sad it my apartment and I don’t know why.

 

Danube Dreaming

Podcast flash memoir story by Patrick Boxall

 

This flash memoir was written while I was working as a tour guide in Europe and essentially questioning what the hell I was doing there. The piece moves back and forth between Budapest and Melbourne and is about missed opportunities and missing home.

Patrick’s first word was ‘No’ and he’s spent the majority of his life attempting to remedy that attitude. When he’s not writing he’s walking, be it across countries, through mountains or to his local pub, taking curious baby steps to wherever it is he’s going. You can keep up with him – he’s really very slow – at www.patboxall.com

Pat is also the winner of 2020 Stuart Hadow short story competition.

 

Acknowledgements:

Memoria was written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie Vella

Danube Dreaming was written and read by Pat Boxall.  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.

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