But in my introduction to Season Three in September 2022, I observed how I'd realised I was producing storytelling episodes, whether based on short stories or blog posts, fiction or nonfiction, or tall and true tales:
In Season Three, I released 19 episodes featuring short stories, blog posts and other writing about my dogs, travels, and memoir pieces, including a multi-part travel memoir instalment on my two visits to the Berlin Wall in 1987 and 1995:
As I did for Seasons One and Two, every short story, blog post, memoir and travel writing episode featured a bonus section, my writer's insight into when, why and how I wrote the piece.
Introducing Season Four
Season Four also starts with a multi-part episode, a longer short story I wrote for The Big Issue Fiction Edition in June 2023, Some Things Change.
It consists of three vignettes, set in different locations and times but with a common thread: two protagonists, a pair of cousins from Perth, Western Australia, exploring Australia's troubled history and relationship with Indigenous peoples:
While the story draws on elements of autofiction from my life, growing up in Perth and living in England, it's mostly imagination, inspired by my involvement in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum campaign, as I shared in an October 2023 blog post.
But, the parts about Indigenous Australians are factual, as objective reading and research will confirm, as were my hopes for the Referendum.
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© 2023 Robert Fairhead
Robert is a writer and editor at Tall And True and blogs on his eponymous website, RobertFairhead.com. He also writes and narrates episodes for the Tall And True Short Reads storytelling podcast, featuring his short stories, blog posts and other writing from Tall And True.
Robert's book reviews and other writing have appeared in print and online media. In 2020, he published his début collection of short stories, Both Sides of the Story. In 2021, Robert published his first twelve short stories for the Furious Fiction writing competition, Twelve Furious Months, and in 2022, his second collection of Furious Fictions, Twelve More Furious Months. And in 2023, he published an anthology of his microfiction, Tall And True Microfiction.
Besides writing, Robert's favourite pastimes include reading, watching Aussie Rules football with his son and walking his dog.
He has also enjoyed a one-night stand as a stand-up comic.