Mountain guide Ciara Turner recalls a familiar journey marred by every guide's worst nightmare. While her guest, Josie had a series of strokes, Ciara sat with her, keeping her warm, safe and comforted. Beneath them was snow, around them, the wind howled; alone on Australia's premier bush walking track, Ciara exercised her first aid skills to keep Josie alive while they waited for help to arrive. Sitting by a stream in the bush on a typically chilly Hobart day, Ciara remembers the night when she dealt with an emergency on a mountain.
Our second prize winner:
James Milsom says:
First Language is the first person narrative telling of an experience I had while working as a lawyer with the Aboriginal legal aid service in Alice Springs. It's a true (de-identified) story of language, communication, meaning and clashes of culture in the justice system; in a country with a couple of hundred languages, each spoken by about as many people.
Our People's Choice Award winner:
Amy Hanley says:
This piece is a fictional drama/thriller; it is an exploration of the storytelling capacity of first-person omniscient narration. As a somewhat self-reflexive story, it explores themes of prying, prejudice and distrust. The narrative is primarily focused on the way in which our first encounters with race and gender stereotypes, and the perspectives of those around us, shape our understanding of social structures as adults.
The Audiocraft Team Pick:
Jennifer Macey says:
There's a fruit and veg shop at the foot of Bulli pass on the busy highway into Wollongong. Drivers groan at the appalling puns on the signs out the front advertising the specials for the week. Some even pull over to tell the staff about a spelling mistake and hopefully leave with a bag of apples and some expensive cheese. But when the early morning shift come in to unpack the boxes from the markets, there's often a surprise waiting for them.
Our top six:
Dennis Venning says:
Sex matters to us a lot. Evolution tells us that it's the biological meaning of life. But—does anything else matter to us like sex does?
Joshua Garlepp says:
An intimate account of the last two years of my close friends battle with mental health, high pressure mining jobs, drug use, family issues and sexuality.