Melbourne Postcard

Though I set most of my fiction abroad, I love my hometown of Melbourne. So I was delighted to be invited to contribute a ‘Melbourne Postcard’ for ABC Melbourne radio’s The Friday Revue, hosted by Richelle Hunt and Brian Nankervis:

Melbourne Postcard is a chance for us to share stories about our city. Each week The Friday Revue invites a different guest to read a short letter with a connection to Melbourne.

I chose to address my postcard to my paternal grandfather Les Savage, known as ‘Father Bear’ (I have written about Bear previously on this blog, here and here, for example). As it turned out, my Melbourne Postcard went to air within a week of the 35th anniversary of his death.

Father Bear & Ang 1981

Father Bear and me in 1981; although unsmiling because of the braces on my teeth, the photo captures the closeness of our relationship (& the ’70s obsession with weird crocheted things)

My postcard begins,

Dear Father Bear,
There are lots of things about Melbourne that have changed for the better since you left us 35 years ago, like the laneways and lorikeets, accessible trams and the Melbourne Museum.
But there’s one change you’d never have gotten used to: the fate of your beloved Fitzroy Football Club.

You can read the rest and/or listen to me read (and sing!) my postcard here.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel is, Mother of Pearl, published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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6 Responses to Melbourne Postcard

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    What a lovely tribute, Angela. And you’re a great choice for the Melbourne postcard, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh this is lovely on so many levels – including I must say “the weird crocheted things” of the seventies!!

    Your grandfather must have been really special.

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  3. FictionFan says:

    That’s lovely, Angela – thanks for sharing! I laughed at the building resilience bit – much like being a Partick Thistle supporter in Glasgow! 😉

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  4. julietwohig says:

    This is gorgeous, Angela. I love hearing stories about grandparents (especially from the pov of the grandchild). When we’re lucky enough to get a good set of grandparents, or even one, it can really make a difference.

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