What impact does a simple act of compassion have on someone suffering post-traumatic stress? In this episode, Ali and Emma discuss Shady Cosgrove’s moving microfiction, ‘Aftermath’ published in the microlit anthology, Shuffle and narrated by Alex Neal. Our presenters have differing interpretations of what it is that the character Jimmy has been through and dive into this short but powerful text for clues. Tell us what you think. Join the conversation on the Coffee Pod|cast Facebook page.

About the author

SHADY COSGROVE is the author of What the Ground Can’t Hold (Picador, 2013) and She Played Elvis (Allen and Unwin, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Overland, Antipodes, Southerly, Shuffle and other Spineless Wonder anthologies.

About the actor

ALEX NEAL  graduated QUT Acting in 2017, and has been living and working in syd for 4 months.  In that time he has completed a TVC for ESS super and is currently working  on an AFTRS short film and will appear in the Australian film, Danger Close.


Presenters: Ali Morris and Emma Walsh
Producer: Bronwyn Mehan
Theme music: James Seymour
Production Assistant: Hannah Oakshott

Coffee Pod|cast has been produced with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and we wish to also acknowledge the support of Little Fictions by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the City of Sydney Matching Grants program.