Craig is an audio producer (podcasts, documentaries, soundscapes, radio); journalist; creative writer; editor; media and communications consultant; and workshop facilitator (audio, editing, writing & publishing). He has over twenty years’ experience in the creative arts, publishing, NGO, education and government sectors.
What’s it like to be twelve and in lockdown? In this short bonus episode our niece Kayla has recorded her reflections on the ways Covid-19 has impacted on her and her friends. We love everything about our nieces and nephew: their creativity, their questions, the songs they sing, the art they make... Every time we video call Tom and Sadie, Tom needs proof that if it’s day there, then it’s night here, and visa versa. Sadie has impeccable comedic timing for someone so young (she really does). And Kayla, who’s almost a teenager, loves, among other things, reading, writing and drawing. The artwork for this episode is hers. She’s a winter baby, and I met her a few hours after she was born — wrapped in a blanket and beanie. It’s hard to reconcile today’s independent 12-year-old with the tiny human who could hardly open her eyes back in 2008. I was on my way to live in Timor-Leste with Shona (she’d already left Australia to take up her new job) and didn’t know when I’d be back, so it was important to be there for those first hours, days and weeks of Kayla’s life. I’m not sure if humans do the same thing as some birds, but there’s an imprinting thing that happens where the babies imprint on a ‘suitable moving stimulus’ (ideally a parent bird). On the off chance humans do that as well, I wanted to be there. So, whether she likes it or not, Kayla’s stuck with me. Tom’s a runner and a climber, and Sadie’s into anything and everything her older brother is — she does not like to be left out, and fair call, too. The youngest is always pushing to be included. In saying that, they look after each other. We miss them all. Even in Australia, where we lived, Meanjin (Brisbane), is a long way from Tom and Sadie in Naarm (Melbourne), and from Kayla in Canberra, so we don’t always see them as much as we’d like. Being so far from home at the moment with so few options to return in the near future, it’s the video calls and photos bringing us regular updates on loose teeth, artworks, science experiments, cricket, ‘Bluey’, skiing, books, cubby houses, backgammon, trampoline-ing, lego, grazed knees, star wars, afl, and butterfly wings that keeps us going. Thanks Unregistered Master Builder: master-builder.squarespace.com/#intro Kesta on the Free Music Archive www.freemusicarchive.org
This episode uncovers lost rivers, a smelly ogre and a magical reawakening. Once upon a time there was a river... I love rivers. The Birrarung (Yarra) in Naarm (Melbourne); the Murrumbidgee skirting Canberra; how the Maiwar (Brisbane River) psychologically and spiritually dominates the city of Meanjin (Brisbane) like no other river I’ve encountered; the powerful convergence of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan) and Djarlgarra (Canning) rivers in Mooro, Goomap (Perth); the contradiction that is the Thames (I’ve still not spent any time with it); and the lost River Peck, a tributary that gives its name to Peckham, a neighbourhood to the south west of Telegraph Hill (which sits at the northern tip of what was once the Great North Wood). Once upon a time there was a river... The story of Australia, the driest inhabited continent, begins and ends with water. The original colony site, Kudgee (Botany Bay), didn’t have fresh water, so another site “with a run of water through a very thick wood” was found at Warrane (Sydney Cove). This was the “Tank Stream” (named after tanks cut into the sides of the bedrock to capture and store water). As the colony’s main water source, it was so fouled by the colonsiers that they soon had to cart water in from a nearby wetland. When that ran dry, they ventured further west on the promise of a “Rio Grande” or “Mississippi”, and on the back of the myth of an illusive inland sea (a tale for another time). Today the Tank Stream is lost under the streets of Cadi, Djubuguli (Sydney). I heard this growing up, but didn’t know England had a rap sheet as long as your leg. After ruining London’s streams, brooks and creeks they travelled to the other side of the globe only to repeat their mistakes. Once upon a time there was a river... The River Peck is mostly underground now; one of dozens of tributaries whose waters were redirected into the shit-carrying sewers. Here and there, though, before it hits the pipes, The Peck pops up to remind us: the brook in Peckham/Rye Common; a shallow depression running alongside East Dulwich Road; a bubbling spring in a basement, which is then pumped back into the river system; or a stream through the cellar of a pub. Where Shona grew up on the outskirts of Naarm the local oval was originally a small overflow wetland for Brushy Creek, before the creek was diverted and sent underground. Now it runs under the oval, which explains why the grass remains lush, even in the heat of summer, and why, on any given evening, birds flock there to feed. Our rivers are never completely lost. Information & contacts Thanks Unregistered Master Builder: master-builder.squarespace.com/#intro Free Music Archive https://www.freemusicarchive.org BBC SFX Archive https://www.bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/ If Lockdown’s Getting You Down How to Access Mental Health Services (NHS site): http://bit.ly/NHSMentalHealthUK Mental Health Australia: https://mhaustralia.org/need-help Only Human Radio Show: https://soundcloud.com/onlyhuman4zzz Pink Therapy: https://pinktherapy.com Websites & Articles London’s Lost Rivers by Paul Talling: www.londonslostrivers.com London is a Forest by Paul Wood: https://thestreettree.com/ Great North Wood: www.wildlondon.org.uk Hollie McNish: https://holliepoetry.com/; Instagram & Twitter: @holliepoetry Ben Okri: https://benokri.co.uk/ Brendan Kennelly: https://poetryarchive.org/poet/brendan-kennelly/ Forest Schools Association: http://bit.ly/ForestSchoolLink BugLife https://www.buglife.org.uk/our-work/b-lines/ Tales of the Thames (Guardian): http://bit.ly/GuardianMudlarkersArticle Peckham/Rye Common: http://bit.ly/SouthwarkCouncilPeckRye Pump Shutdown Stops London Cholera Outbreak, 1854 (Wired): https://www.wired.com/2009/09/0908london-cholera-pump/ Contact Facebook: @CraigsAudioWorks Twitter & Instagram: @LDNbylockdown Available linktr.ee/LondonbyLockdown
In this episode author, travel podcaster and poet Maame Blue drops by to chat about London, Naarm (Melbourne), travel and... oh yeah, her debut novel "Bad Love" (Jacaranda Books). "I’m not a romantic. I don’t know how to tell those kinds of stories, the ones filled with magic and laughter and a purple hue. Romance has never connected with me in that way. But love — hard, bad, rough love — well, I could speak on that all day." — Maame Blue "Bad Love", 2020 From the start, nothing about Maame Blue’s first novel "Bad Love" is what it seems. Even Dapo Adeola’s cover design hints at an underlying chaos that’s at odds with the cover’s gentle beauty. "Bad Love" is a detailed search for belonging; a love letter to a London that’s far from perfect; and an exploration of faded and unconscious decisions, half-thoughts and shard-words — all those things never said. It follows Ekuah, a young Ghanian-Londoner in her 20s as she navigates and dissects all of love’s permutations: hard, bad, rough, straight, queer — and everything in between. Lyrical where it needs to be, playful when it wants to be, and truth telling when it has to be, "Bad Love" is a complete rendering. I found myself fretting, cheering, and caring about every character: Dee and Jay, Ekuah’s loves; Amelia, Vio; Ekuah’s parents. There is heartbreak here, it’s not all hugs and puppies, but the power of this novel comes from Maame’s agile writing consistently defying expectation. So the power isn’t immediately obvious. Drawn from personal notes on relationships, experienced and observed, Maame’s quality as a storyteller lies in her caring and tender descriptions of every aspect of so-called everyday life. There’s something extraordinary in all our everydays, isn’t there? In this way "Bad Love" is not about, as the potentially misleading title suggests, a particular type of Love, a specific Relationship, or even one explicit incident of "Bad Love" — as I said at the start, nothing about the novel is what it seems. Without giving away any spoilers, "Bad Love" is a celebration of all the constituent talus and scree (both the good and the bad) that make up love; and it’s about how love’s riffles and glides (again, both good and bad) make their way inside us over the years, and, if we’re open to it, teach us how to love deeply. Information & contacts: Maame Blue: www.maamebluewrites.com Jacaranda Books: https://jacarandsbooksartmusic.co.uk Headscarves and Carry-Ons: @Headscarves-and-Carry-ons Dapo Adeola (illustrator & designer) @dapsdraws Jacaranda Books August 3 Instagram Live Event: #twentyin2020 A huge thanks to: Unregistered Master Builder: master-builder.squarespace.com/#intro Markus J Beuhler: https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738 Mental Health Resources if Lockdown is Getting You Down: How to Access Mental Health Services (NHS site): https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/how-to-access-mental-health-services/ Mental Health Australia: https://mhaustralia.org/need-help Only Human Radio Show: https://soundcloud.com/onlyhuman4zzz Pink Therapy: https://pinktherapy.com Websites & Articles: Australia After the Bushfires (Guardian article): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/jul/29/australia-after-the-bushfires-aoe The goats of the Great Orme have an important coronavirus message (Wired article): https://www.wired.co.uk/article/coronavirus-climate-crisis Book Brunch (an interview with Maame Blue): www.bookbrunch.co.uk Contact us: Facebook: @CraigsAudioWorks  Twitter & Instagram: @LDNbylockdown Available: linktr.ee/LondonbyLockdown
An interview with Dayak activist and environmentalist Emmanuela Shinta. In this short documentary, recorded in 2019, Emmanuela Shinta introduces us to her people; paints us the beauty of Kalimantan; and explains the important environmental work of Ranu Welum. To read the associated article detailing international corruption and the murders of environmental defenders go to my website: www.craiggarrett.online. (The article was written under smoke-stained tannin-yellow skies in Canberra and under dark blood-red skies in Merimbula. These places experienced toxic bushfire haze for weeks.)
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Creator Details

Birthdate
May 11th, 1973
Location
City of London, England, United Kingdom
Episode Count
20
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
6 hours, 26 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 828385