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Writing the Body
In our daily lives, we’re flooded with images and ideas of how our bodies should or shouldn’t be. Many of us struggle with self-acceptance, and when our bodies deviate from what’s considered ‘normal’, we often also struggle with the attitudes of others.
Carly Findlay and Lee Kofman are both authors of new memoirs that examine how our bodies shape who…
The Next Big Thing
Secrets and Lies Edition
What happens when we betray confidences? And what secrets do we keep from ourselves?
At The Moat in April, we’ll hear from writers whose work is concerned with hidden mysteries. J.P. Pomare’s new thriller, Call Me Evie, is about the fallibility of memory. Sonia Orchard’s Into The Fire is a novel about female friendship and betrayal and Nicola Redhouse’s…
Jeez Louise: Memoir
‘Everything is copy’ – that was Nora Ephron’s famous dictum. And for better or worse, comedians are expert at mining their personal lives (and those of others) for the sake of comedy.
But is it fair – let alone funny – to use real-life events for the sake of a punchline? Do different rules apply for women when it comes…
11 We Lived as a Nation
The men demonstrate their improvised well — Photo: Michael Green
‘Twenty four days we lived as a nation … The only way I can describe [it] is that we were a nation.’– Abdul Aziz Muhamat
The detention centre on Manus Island might be closed, but Aziz – and the vast majority of the men who were held there – remain on the island, living in three different centres.
By early 2019, Aziz is well into his sixth year, waiting. In that time, he’s felt free for only a few weeks – those few weeks when the immigration detention system disintegrated around him.
In this episode, The Messenger returns to late 2017, and the crucial period when Australia shut down the Manus Regional Processing Centre and the men refused to leave. We take you inside the centre as the standoff unfolds. There are no guards, no caseworkers, no immigration officials – and no food, water, medicine or electricity.
Aziz and his friends are in charge. How did they survive? And why did they stay?Transcript
A transcript of this episode is coming soon.
• 'No Exit: The ongoing abuses of Australia’s refugee policy' by Michael Green, Harper's Magazine, July 2018
Abdul Aziz MuhamatMichael Green Behrouz Boochani Benham Satah Poli Boas Clarence Parisau Michael Kuweh
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes 'Unrest' by Adrian Klumpes, 'La Mer' by Pivot, 'Southeast of Boston' by June of 44, 'Out with the Cold' by Kaffe Matthews, 'Rhodes Viola Multiple' by Keith Fullerton Whitman, '1.3'by Piano Magic, 'Passages' by Bowery Electric, 'Shine' by Klara Lewis and 'Iberia Eteria' by Biosphere.
The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. It’s produced by Michael Green, André Dao, Hannah Reich and Bec Fary, with Jon Tjhia and Sophie Black at the Wheeler Centre.
Narration by Michael Green. With reporting by Abdul Aziz Muhamat. Transcription by Claire McGregor, Carolyn Turner, Tiarne Cook, Julia Earley and many more. This episode was edited and mixed by Michael Green and Jon Tjhia.
Hot Desk Extract: Vietnamatta
An excerpt from Stephen Pham's Vietnamatta, a collection of experimental essays exploring geography, race and class.
The Show of the Year 2018: Ash Flanders
Each year – for our Show of the Year – we bring together a range of writers, performers, artists and comedians to help you reflect, review and revel in the year that was. And 2018 was no exception!
Sparked by the cave rescue in July, Ash Flanders recalls his time at Camp Pelican: 'Ingratiating myself with important people would be…
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