What happened when two writers, three radio producers, a bunch of musicians, a stage, some fake snow, a telephone, two pairs of roller-skates, a writers’ festival and a documentary radio show all came together one night in September?
The Radio Hour, of course … An hour (okay, over an hour) of non-fiction storytelling presented on stage for a one night only radio spectacular. This was a first-of-its-kind event for the Melbourne Writers Festival. Over 250 people filed into the Fairfax Theatre for a moving and memorable night of documentary radio like it’s never been seen before. Stories on the theme Do You Read Me were narrated live, with live musical scoring, and the kind of visual wonder that rarely comes with a ripping radio yarn.
The night was recorded live by ABC Radio National and debuts here on 360documentaries. in two parts.
Part 1: Telling stories on the theme Do You Read Me:
Festival fly-in, writer and essayist Pico Iyer; Podcasts darlings Jon Tjhia and Jessie Borrelle of Paper Radio; Melbourne writer Chloe Hooper; and The Radio Hour’s host Jaye Kranz.