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Paper Radio: FM: Fiction

Antipodean fiction from Paper Radio — flights of fancy, the unreal/surreal, and wilful misinterpretations of the past, present and future.

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Weather #1

The first story in a series of three, Weather #1 chronicles a world in which all meteorologists have vanished suddenly and without explanation. See also: Weather #2, Weather #3


30 Oct 2010

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Weather #2

The second of Thomasin Sleigh’s three part Weather series. In a world mysteriously absent of its meteorologists, people begin to study details of the weather themselves. Listen to: Weather #1, Weather #3


31 May 2011

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The Sound of Music

In a surreal pop renovation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, The Sound Of Music fuses familiar and familial characters as it grapples with who we are, and become, in love. The Sound of Music is taken from Tom Cho’s book Look Who’s Morphing, published by Giramondo.


30 Apr 2011

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In some modern societies, the economy has achieved the status of a living, breathing human being. Often it is afforded greater protection and rights than the communities it is supposed to support. Although all-knowing and all-powerful, the economy still struggles, fails and sometimes, even ‘hurts’. To some, these conditions make it even more holy. As our society’s most powerful contemporary deity, don’t we owe it to the economy to not only sacrifice our time, our loyalty and our children’s future, but our very spirit? This guided economic meditation will harness your conscious experience, allowing you to finally become one with the most supreme being of our times.

30 Aug 2015

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The Big Prawn

By some estimates, there are as many as 150 ‘big things’ strewn across Australia. There’s the Big Banana, the Big Merino and even the Big Magic Mushroom. In this story, Ballina’s Big Prawn casts a long shadow over the imagination of a young girl, as she hits the road in search of the mythical crustacean of her childhood.

12 Mar 2015

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