To The Island is a podcast and radio project about accidental explorers and unexpected encounters from Australia.


Old Nick (part two)

Why did Leonid Kulikovsky seek a new life in Australia and what, exactly, makes someone a member of the Russian royal family?

Old Nick (part one)

When ‘Old Nick’ Kulikovsky died in a caravan park in Katherine, NT, his friends farewelled a quiet, well-read loner. But Nick had been carrying a surprising family legacy, that could no longer stay buried.


To The Island is a podcast and audio storytelling production unit of one, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Producer Rosa Ellen goes off the beaten track to produce sound-rich audio stories that jump into the worlds of the artists, practitioners and protagonists of our cultural life.

She has also made radio about dog food.

Her stories have featured on ABC Radio National’s The History Listen, The Art Show, Blueprint For Living, Life Matters and 360 Documentaries and the BBC World Service’s In The Studio. You can subscribe to the occasional podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to ’em. Rosa co-produced the SPUN Stories podcast featuring stories told at the Northern Territory’s live storytelling night SPUN.

As of April 2020, she is seeking participation from fans of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita for a radio documentary.

Get in touch by email or Twitter @rosajellen

Rosa Ellen