Archive for Aurealis

PodCastle 441: A Shot of Salt Water (Aurealis Month)

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Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards.


A Shot of Salt Water

by Lisa L. Hannett

Accordions unpleated welcoming songs the day the mermaids returned.

The first notes droned joyful at dawn, played by young men with wool collars unrolled against the wind. Mattress-clouds bulged above land and water, miles of damp cotton dulling the fishermen’s music. As the sky blanched, fiddlers sawed harmonies, horsehairs screeching on weather-warped bows. Bodhráns were rescued from blanket boxes and cupboards, clatter-spoons from the backs of junk drawers. Soon drummers thumb-pounded down autumn-gold slopes from the village. Beats jigged and reeled past the wharves, along the coast, then splashed through froth seething to shore.

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PodCastle 440: The Jellyfish Collector (Aurealis Month)

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Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards.


The Jellyfish Collector

by Michelle E. Goldsmith

“Where do you think they keep their brains?” Eva asks. “They have to have one somewhere, don’t they?”

She stands motionless beside her younger sister, Fiona, the two of them staring past their own reflections and into the tank beyond. On the other side of the glass drift dozens of moon jellyfish, gently pulsating in the water as though dancing to imperceptible music.

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