The Canberra Tales


Armageddon Some Loo Roll was written and recorded during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020, as part of John Lombard’s Canberra CoronaVision YouTube channel, a dedicated channel for Radio Plays in Pandemic Days. Uploaded in April 2020, it has since been broadcast on Artsound.FM’s Radio Theatre show presented by Bart Meehan.A short radio play trying to capture a moment in history, Armageddon Some Loo Roll is the story of 3… Read More

After a one night stand, Victoria contemplates life and the trials and tribulations of navigating the dating scene. Always The Bridesmaid was originally written for the 2016 Canberra Short+Sweet festival and performed by Jessica Gowing. Jessica reproduced her performance in 2018 for Hang on a Second – an night of short plays and a song, and Life Is a Corona-Coaster in 2020. It is presented here as a radio play recorded for… Read More

Originally published by Saccharine Poetry Press this is Chris Collins’ beautiful Hymn to Black Mountain.

When Canberran teacher Leigh Southwell moved to the Solomon Islands in 2014, she wanted to help in the local community, and to help in a school seemed like a perfect fit. Leigh worked with the school community, and with the assistance of Make a Mark Australia (an Australia Charity which helps fund small educational projects) and other fundraising activities to build Mercy School into a thriving educational institution. Click here to watch… Read More

Lean In is a poem by Narmadhaa reflecting on the rows of eucalyptus trees, between CalvaryHospital and the ANU, as seen along the Belconnen Way—Barry Drive busroute. It’s a wonderfully evocative poem. Click here to read Narmadhaa’s Lean In More of Narmadhaa’s work will be published here soon.

Amanda McLeod composed Beneath The Glass Dome, an evocative poem about about Canberra, after she moved here from Melbourne in late 2017. She’s the author of Animal Behaviour (Chaffinch Press, 2020) and the managing editor of Animal Heart Press, a small poetry press.