‘Why do we hate the crow?’ – recording from ABC Radio National

‘Why do we hate the crow?’ – recording from ABC Radio National

Photo donated by At a Glance Pty Ltd (Lee Curtis and Garrie Douglas)

As promised here is the audio of my poem ‘Why do we hate the crow?’ which was recorded for the ABC Radio National ‘Birdlands’ project.

I love the way they have done this one, even better than ‘skin deep’, especially the sound of the crows in the background.

Producer Gretchen Miller said

Why do we hate the crow by Gabrielle Bryden just had to be read in a good strong Aussie accent – Drayton Morley did the readings for us here!  Produced by Gretchen Miller with sound engineering by Russell Stapleton.

Click on the link to listen to the audio:


Here is the text of the poem:

Why do we hate the crow?

We hate the crow
every bit black bird
beady ugly eyes

stupid shuffling of wings
hop out of the way of cars
that’s arrogance

eating carrion
we don’t like birds who eat dead things
or stuff out of bins
how disgusting

hate that loud, raucous call
grating our ears
like finger nails
on a chalkboard,
they take the short cut
across the river Styx
and with their message from Hades
slip into a subliminal
sniper vantage point

bloody smart-ass birds
too smart for their own good
you can’t kill them, you know
you’ll get in trouble with the law

if only it had a splash of red
somewhere on the feathers
like the stunning
red-tailed black cockatoo

yeah but, they don’t eat dead things

so it is about dead things.

ABC Radio National audio of ‘Skin Deep’

ABC Radio National audio of ‘Skin Deep’


The Gouldian Finch

Here is the audio of my poem ‘Skin Deep’ which was recorded for the ABC Radio National ‘Birdlands’ project.

Producer Gretchen Miller said

Skin Deep by Gabrielle Bryden is short, sharp and just a little bit  funny.  I liked the disappearing crowd… Reading by Drayton Morley,  sound engineer Russell Stapleton.

Click on this link to hear the audio. Make sure you listen to the end – when the door closes – haha.

SKIN DEEP Gabrielle Brydenmp3

Here is the text of the poem.

Skin Deep

God took a prized jewel
the precious gouldian finch
polishing the paint
a sparrow was left
the crowd


I would like to thank Gretchen and everyone else involved in the recording. I so love having all the sound effects and using the voices of actors.

ps. They recorded my poem ‘Why do we hate the crow’ as well, and I will post that soon.

On the radio this Saturday (Birdland)

On the radio this Saturday (Birdland)

This Saturday, 19th March 2011, at 2pm on ABC Radio National (360 documentaries) the Birdland project, directed by Gretchen Miller, will be broadcast.

Two of my poems Skin Deep and Why do we hate the crow? have been recorded as part of this fantastic, collaborative project (using the voices of actors and musical accompaniment).

The project began on the ABC POOL website and the callout was for ‘celebratory, thoughtful, descriptive, creative works that celebrate the human/avian relationship.’ As my regular readers would know, I love birds and just had to toss my hat in the ring. The list of finalists can be found here.

You can read more about this project on the POOL website or you can download the broadcast from the 360 documentaries website, from the 19th March 2011.

I can’t wait to listen to the broadcast (I think my poems sound much better when someone else is reading them out – haha).

Ps. I found out the birdlands project is broken up into separate components, and my two poems will be in a later broadcast – I will advise of new dates when they find out (sorry about that dudes 🙂 )

Friday Night from Hell (Audio)

Friday Night from Hell (Audio)

Finally I’ve got the audio sorted!

Last year my poem ‘Friday Night from Hell’, was selected for inclusion on an ABC Radio National 360 program called City Nights. The program was produced by the fabulous Gretchen Miller and aired on September 5th. Actors were employed to recite the poems/short stories and the sound and music was designed to match the narrative. The result was a radio-phonic delight.

I have attached the audio file for my poem. They did a fantastic job and I was as proud as punch. The reason I am posting it now is that I have only just learned how to convert the file format to MP3 (so I can put it on my blog). The original blog post can be found if you follow this link .

This is what a night out in a big city of Australia sounds like (and I’m sure it sounds like that in a lot of other big cities all over the world). I much prefer when other people recite my poetry.

Here is my ‘Friday Night from Hell’:

Friday Night from Hell by Gabrielle Bryden

I have dedicated this poem to all the yobbos out there who should be locked up in their own homes on a friday night.