Compulsive Reader talks
By Magdalena Ball
Compulsive Reader talksFeb 11, 2019
Esther Ottaway on She Doesn't Seem Autistic
Esther Ottaway talks about and reads from her new book She Doesn't Seem Autistic. Through a number of poems, Esther talks about many of the key themes, rhythms, structures and concepts in the book, including masking, humour, her use of animals, on reclaiming clinical labels, the relationship between art and advocacy, and lots more.
Find out more about Esther at: Home | Esther Ottaway, Poet (jimdosite.com) Purchase a copy of She Doesn't Seem Autistic: She Doesn't Seem Autistic - Puncher & Wattmann (puncherandwattmann.com)
Video version of the interview: https://youtu.be/eer1YIfCyvk
Richard James Allen on Text Messages from the Universe
Richard James Allen joins me to read from and talk about his latest book Text Messages from the Universe. We talk about many things including the book's deeply spiritual themes, its links with The Tibetan book of the Dead, the unique format of the book and how it relates to its matching film, what's exciting him at the moment, and lots more. Video version can be seen here: https://youtu.be/0lKl8XXydfs
You can get hold of Text Messages from the Universe (at its ridiculously low price of $10) from: https://flyingislandspocketpoets.com.au/product/text-messages-from-the-universe-by-richard-james-allen/
For more about the film Text Messages from the Universe (available for screenings and readings, email PhysicalTV@gmail.com) visit: http://physicaltv.com.au/text-messages-from-the-universe/
For more about Breaking Plates (film in post production by Karen Pearlman: tax deductible donations gratefully received via Documentary Australia): https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/breaking-plates/
For more about CUT (film by Samuel Lucas Allen: coming soon) visit: http://physicaltv.com.au/cut-2023/
For the full suite of Richard's many projects, visit his website The Physical TV Company: http://physicaltv.com.au/
Alisa Bryce on Grounded
Soil scientist Alisa Bryce reads from and talks about her book Grounded. In this conversation we cover such things as how the book came about, Alisa's deep love of soil and both how important it is to all aspects of our lives, but also how fun and interesting it is, the importance of broad-reaching science communication and its relationship to academia, soil and the microbiome, why we have only mapped 2% of the underground world, on the comfort of how “the human story in the soil ends about 5-19 metres down”, the many chapters that might make it into her next book, her inspiration, and lots more.
Find more about Grounded and Alisa at: alisabryce.com.au
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/QW6WjTXnTwI
The Digsloo (fantastic children's poem/story by Alisa, referenced in our conversation): https://thedigsloo.com/
Mary Roach (major influence referenced in our conversation): https://www.maryroach.net/
Alan Fyfe on T
Alan Fyfe joins us to read from and talk about his latest novel T, which shortlisted for the T.A.G Hungerford Prize (Australia) and the Chaffinch Press Aware Prize (Ireland), and was recently was shortlisted in The WA Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer. Alan also reads from and discusses his debut collection, G-d, Sleep, and Chaos, forthcoming from Gazebo Books in 2024.
Find out more about Alan and his work at Alan's website: https://alanfyfe.com
Purchase a copy of T: https://alanfyfe.com/purchase-t-a-novel
Contact Alan (as per his request!): https://alanfyfe.com/contact
Ashley Kalagian Blunt on Dark Mode
Ashley Kalagian Blunt joins us to read from and talk about her new thriller Dark Mode. We talk about such things as her research, the Dark Web, her protagonist Reagan Carson, her fabulous plant store setting Voodoo Lily and dark flowers, what she's reading now, her work-in-progress (hint it's another thriller), and lots more.
Ashley's website: https://www.ashleykalagianblunt.com/
Click here for more information on Dark Mode, the free book club pack, or to take Ashley up on her offer to come talk to your club: https://www.ashleykalagianblunt.com/dark-mode
James and Ashley Stay at Home podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/james-and-ashley-stay-at-home/id1514919350
Oisín Breen on Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín & Other Poems
In this wide-reading and humorous interview, Irish poet, academic and journalist Oisín Breen reads from and talks about his new poetry book Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín & Other Poems with Simon Whitby Brown.
Find out more about Oisin here: https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/oisin_breen
By a copy of Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín & Other Poems here: https://beirbuapress.com/2023/01/01/lilies-on-the-deathbed-of-etain-and-other-poems-by-oisin-breen/
Find out more about Simon Whitby Brown and his famous moustache here: https://twitter.com/lordhandlebar?lang=en
A conversation with Meera Atkinson
Meera Atkinson reads from her book Traumata and talks about her work, the ongoing relevance of Traumata, the difficulty and the necessity of the hybrid form, on language, blood, the patriarchy, beauty and its commodification, the power of engagement with the past - personally and collectively, literature, poetry and much more.
Find out more about Meera and her work at her website: https://www.meeraatkinson.com
Two recent publications of Meera's:
Kateryna Kazimirova on Voices of Freedom: Contemporary Writing From Ukraine
One of the two editors of Voices of Freedom: Contemporary Writing From Ukraine reads from and talks about her new anthology. Kateryna Kazimirova talks about the project and how it came together, how she chose the 27 authors, the importance of art in wartime, the many styles of the work, on translation and collaboration, her project Craft Magazine, and lots more.
Voices of Freedom: Contemporary Writing From Ukraine is published by 8th and Atlas Publishing and can be purchased here: https://www.8thandatlaspublishing.com/product-page/voices-of-freedom-contemporary-writing-from-ukraine
Editors: Kateryna Kazimirova and Daryna Anastasieva
Craft Magazine: https://craftmagazine.net
YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/ElGBscZ9BuI
Hazel Smith on Ecliptical
Poet, performer, emeritus professor, and new media artist Hazel Smith reads from and talks about her new book Ecliptical. We talk about metapoetry, multimedia, humour, eclipses, emphasis, John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, and lots more.
Visit Hazel's website here: http://www.australysis.com/hsmith.htm
YouTube video version of session can be found here: https://youtu.be/M_G6ExLaFxY
My review of Ecliptical here: https://compulsivereader.com/2022/10/31/a-review-of-ecliptical-by-hazel-smith/
To purchase a copy of Ecliptical in both hard copy and digital visit: https://shortaustralianstories.com.au/product/ecliptical/
We spoke about the multimedia piece "The Lips Are Different" which can be viewed and read about here: https://thedigitalreview.com/issue00/lips-are-different/begin.html
For more of Hazel's multimedia work visit: http://www.australysis.com
Sara Kidd on The Vegan Cake Bible
Sara Kidd joins me to talk about her new cookbook The Vegan Cake Bible. We cover such things as how Sara became the vegan cake queen, why she's drawn to cake, the extensive process she went through to create a cookbook including doing all of her own photography, how she chose which cakes to include, her favourite cake (hint - see links below), her 'holy grail' cake she wants to veganise, on collaboration, her feelings about the future of veganism and the planet, on coming to terms with sugar, her vintage style, on living sustainably, and lots more.
Sara's website: https://sarakidd.com
Sara's cooking class Patreon which we discuss: https://www.patreon.com/join/sarakidd/checkout?rid=3463991&&ru=undefined
Sara's favourite cake (Swedish Princess Cake): https://youtu.be/q6vj5a_wBmE
Bastian Fox Phelan on How to Be Between
Bastian Fox Phelan reads from and talks about their new memoir How to Be Between. We talk about such things as speaking about the self with all of its multitudes, finding a voice, gender norms, facial hair, their nature writing, motherhood, what's next and much more. Find out more at Bastian's website: https://www.bastianfoxphelan.com/#
Beth Spencer on The Age of Fibs
Visit Beth at her website: https://bethspencer.com
Watch the video interview: https://youtu.be/Fr2_TD8VX6w
Age of Fibs page: https://bethspencer.com/blog/books/the-age-of-fibs/
Michelle Cahill on Daisy & Woolf
Michelle Cahill, author of Daisy & Woolf, joins me at Woollahra Gallery to read from and talk about her new book, writing through Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, the burden of the canon, giving a voice to marginalised characters, literary decolonisation, the complex relationship between real life and fiction, intertextuality, the conjunction of place against time, and lots more.
Visit Michelle's website: https://michellecahill.com
2016 Interview with Michelle on Letter to Pessoa: https://anchor.fm/compulsivereader/episodes/Interview-with-Michelle-Cahill-on-Letter-to-Pessoa-e2s73u
Talking poetry with Yilinhi/Lorna Munro
Lorna Munro or Yilinhi is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist, poet, performer, radio and podcast host. She joins me today in the lead-up to the Sydney Writers' Festival to read some of her poems and talk about her work, her collaborations with Ancestress and Eric Avery as Poetribe, the power of spoken word, speaking language, decolonialisation in art, Yala Gari, the poet-in-residence program she created with Red Room for students, pushing boundaries, her new Red Room collaboration Fair Trade with January Rogers, and lots more.
The Sydney Writers Festival session is on May 21st from 2-3pm at Carriageworks Track 8 - details here: https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/festival-2022/how-to-write-a-river-a-sky-a-seed/
You can hear tracks from Poetribe here: https://soundcloud.com/poetribe
At the same Soundcloud link first song on the Sovereign Trax March is Yilinhi's collaboration with Ancestress "Speak the Truth"
More about Eric Avery: https://ericavery.com.au
More about Red Room's Fair Trade: https://redroompoetry.org/projects/fair-trade/
More about January Rogers at Twitter: https://twitter.com/janetmarieroger
Video version of this session: https://youtu.be/GMINfk4xS28
Nick Courtright on The Proofs, the Figures: Walt Whitman and the Meaning of Poems.
Kristina Darling interviews Nick Courtright about his new book The Proofs, the Figures: Walt Whitman and the Meaning of Poems.
In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wryly remarks about one’s being “proud to get at the meaning of poems,” a comment highlighting the long-fraught problem of poetic interpretation and the pride-worthy intellectual labor required to elucidate the meaning of a text. Using Whitman’s own “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,” an eight-line poem published in 1865, as its case study, The Proofs, the Figures: Walt Whitman and the Meaning of Poems investigates the chief methods available to readers when they embark on literary meaning-making, while also highlighting the challenges innate to such a task. With examples ranging from the critical and scholarly to the popular-cultural and survey-based, investigating interpretive prospects for “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” confirms that “to get at the meaning of poems” is a project of infinite opportunity both rewarded by and afflicted with the impossibility of absolute comprehension. By employing an array of formal, historical, mediational, and psychological techniques, Dr. Courtright confronts the lasting question of “what counts” or is relevant as evidence for an interpretation, while casting a wide net for the resources and methodologies that can be brought to bear not just on this single text or author, but on all texts and for all authors. Dr. Courtright’s book has already earned strong praise for its engaging prose and thought-provoking analysis. Dr. Matt Cohen, Co-Director of the Walt Whitman Archive and author of The New Walt Whitman Studies (Cambridge UP), says, "The Proofs, the Figures has all of Nick Courtright's usual hallmarks: humor, trenchant readings, sustained skepticism, and a tactical leveraging of critical voices both old and new." Similarly, Dr. Chad Bennett, author of Word of Mouth: Gossip and American Poetry (Johns Hopkins UP) and Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era (Sarabande), praises Courtright as a critic and thinker: "I appreciate, as always, Nick Courtright's lively and accessible writing, engagement with audience, and the ambition of this project. I'm impressed by how much ground he covers."
A scholar-practitioner, Dr Courtright is also the author of The Forgotten World, Let There Be Light, and Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist. He is the Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press. His poetry has appeared in The Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Gulf Coast, and The Southern Review, among dozens of others, and essays and other prose have been published by such places as The Huffington Post, The Best American Poetry, Gothamist, and SPIN Magazine. With a Doctorate in Literature from the University of Texas, he lives in Austin with the poet Lisa Mottolo and their children, William and Samuel. Find out more about Nick Courtright at: https://nickcourtright.com
Kristina Marie Darling is a poet, essayist, and critic. She holds a doctorate from the Poetics Program at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo, as well as an M.F.A. from New York University. Find out more about Kristina Marie Darling at: https://kristinamariedarling.com
Jessica Au on Cold Enough For Snow
Jessica Au’s first novel, Cargo, was published by Picador in 2011 and was highly commended in the Kathleen Mitchell Award for a writer under 30. She is the former deputy editor of Meanjin, and is currently an associate editor at Aeon. Her new book Cold Enough for Snow won the inaugural Novel Prize and was published by Giramondo, New Directions and Fitzcarraldo Editions in February 2022, and translated into fifteen languages. She joined us today to read from and talk about Cold Enough for Snow. During the interview we talked about such things as the way she conveys interiority, about the mother-daughter relationship in her book and the philosophic tension between the way they see the world combined with the tenderness that exists between them, on elegy, perception, ekphrasis, memory, migration and many other key themes that this beautiful book encompasses.
Cold Enough for Snow (and more information about the book) can be found here: https://giramondopublishing.com/jessica-au-a-note-on-cold-enough-for-snow/
Jessica's website: https://www.jessicaau.com
Compulsive Reader's review of Cold Enough for Snow: http://www.compulsivereader.com/2022/02/21/a-review-of-cold-enough-for-snow-by-jessica-au/
Video link: https://youtu.be/QduLBsiqL-U
Charles Freyberg on The Crumbling Mansion
Charles Freyberg reads from and talks about his latest book of poetry The Crumbling Mansion and chats with me about performance and the power of memorisation, bringing characters to life, Kings Cross and its importance in his work, on nostalgia and ecological loss, on breaking binaries, his new work-in-progress and much more.
You can find some excerpts from Charles' latest show in the links below:
Trickster Spirits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIrN39Voqfk
Vanessa Up the rickety darkened stairs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djopxXq434w
KA Rees on Come the Bones
KA Rees is a writer of poetry and short fiction. She has been published by Margaret River Press, Cordite, Australian Poetry, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Spineless Wonders and Yalobusha Review, among others. She received a Varuna fellowship for her manuscript of short stories, she was shortlisted for the 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Award, was the recipient of the 2017 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction and runner-up in the 2018 Peter Cowan Short Story Award, and the national winner of the 2019 joanne burns Microlit Award. Her debut poetry collection, Come the Bones was published late last year as a Flying Island Pocket Book, and is the subject of today’s conversation. KA reads a number of poems in the collection and talks about how the book came together as a collection, the relationship between the individual poems and the book, her current Sydney Observatory residency and much more.
Find out more about KA Rees and connect with her (and message her to get an autographed copy of Come the Bones!) at Twitter: https://twitter.com/perniciouskate
and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kateamber01/?hl=en
James Bradley | Author of Clade - on climate fiction
On its one-year anniversary, we've re-aired, with permission, James Bradley's wonderful conversation with Beth Spencer from Climactic's ArtBreaker. James and Beth Spencer spoke about James' new book Clade, about climate fiction, and about the imperative for art and the conversation is even more relevant today and deserves a replay. Original publication is here: https://www.climactic.fm/show/art-breaker/james-bradley-author-of-clade-on-climate-fiction/
And do please check out the Climactic network - they do terrific work. Artbreaker's main page is here: https://www.climactic.fm/show/art-breaker/
James Bradley's website is: https://cityoftongues.com
Beth Spencer's website is: http://bethspencer.com/blog/
Beth Spencer in conversation with Kit Kelen
Beth Spencer in conversation with Kit Kelen about his creative practice as poet, artist, publisher, collaborator, academic, mentor, musician and blogger. Kit reads selections from some of his many books intercut with original guitar tracks.
They discuss Holden cars, bushfires, coal-addiction, and the role of place in his work -- as a writer who uses a lot of Australian idiom, colloquialisms and reference to landscape in his poetry, and who has also been widely translated.
The process and benefits of translation, the role of habits and doodling, the disruptive power of humour in creative and political practice, and the importance of community and friendship.
Links: The Daily Kit blog - www.thedailykitkelen.blogspot.com
www.kitkelen.com - art and writing
Originally premiered on Climactic's Artbreaker: https://www.climactic.fm/show/art-breaker/beth-spencer-on-artbreaker-kit-kelen-on-creativity-habit-and-disruption/ (republished with permission)
Lillian Avedian on Journey to Tatev
Lillian Avedian is an Armenian American journalist and poet from Los Angeles. In this episode she reads from and talks about her debut book of poetry, Journey to Tatev. We talk about many of the key themes in the book - the many journeys: physical, metaphorical, about the uneasy alliance between grandmother, mother, daughter, on coming out, the rejection of shame and the acceptance of the richness of desire, on the sensual evocativeness of food (especially Nazouk), on writing a duel language book and the power of the mother-tongue, and lots more.
Find more about Lillian on Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/lillian_avedian/?hl=en
Lillian's work at The Armenian Weekly: https://armenianweekly.com/author/lillian-avedian/
To buy a copy of Journey to Tatev visit: https://www.girlsonkey.com/poetryportalshop/Journey-to-Tatev-Lillian-Avedian-p307875338
Adam Aitken on One Hundred Letters Home
Adam Aitken reads from and talks about his memoir One Hundred Letters Home. We talk about the book's multi-genres structure, the limits of memory, artefacts and perception, "fluid subject positions" and the shifting nature of identity, his poetry book Archipelago and the ongoing appeal of France, his new book due out later in the year, and lots more.
Find out more about Adam and his books at his blog: https://adamaitken.blog
Michael J Leach on Chronicity
Australian academic, writer, and poet, Michael J. Leach reads from and talks about his latest poetry book Chronicity. We talk about such things as the relationship between the visual/concrete poems on the page and their sonic qualities in live readings, the sensual, visceral nature of the work, how he chooses and works with constraints, his use of humour and the way he plays scientific precision against emotion, the way poetry enables him, as a scientist, to work better with the complexities of the real world, and lots more.
You can find out more about Michael and Chronicity at his website: https://mleach11.wixsite.com/writing/chronicity
Emily Maguire on Love Objects
Australian writer Emily Maguire's new novel is a clear-eyed and compassionate novel about love and family, betrayal and forgiveness, and the things we do to fill our empty spaces. In this interview, created for The Newcastle Writers' Festival's Stories to You series https://www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au/news/#podcasts, Emily reads from and talks about Love Objects.
Find out more about Emily here: https://www.emilymaguire.com.au
Alison Treat interviews Leslie K Barry about Newark Minutemen
In this guest episode, author and podcaster Alison Treat interviews Leslie K Barry about her book Newark Minutemen. Note that this is a re-pod from Alison's excellent podcast Historical Fiction: Unpacked. In this interview, author Leslie K. Barry talks Newark Minutemen, and its historical 1938 setting, including the little known history behind the book around a shadow Nazi party called the German-American Bund led by an American Fuhrer and inspired by Leslie's own uncle's role in fighting this party. More on Newark Minutemen can be found at the book's website and Facebook page.
Leslie K Barry's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20201224.Leslie_K_Barry
Find out more about Alison Treat at her website: http://alisontreat.com
Watch another interview with Leslie about the book conducted by her sister here: https://youtu.be/K96g5GXBNT4
Chris Mansell on Foxline
Chris Mansell is one of Australia’s notable powerhouses in the poetry world. Chris was one of the founders of Five Islands Press and now runs PressPress, an independent publishing house she founded in 2002. Chris has had over a dozen of her own books of poetry published as well as artist books, CDs, a collection of short fiction and even a children’s book. Her extensive body of work has been translated into many languages, and won many prizes including the Queensland Premier's Literary Award (poetry) the Meanjin Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize. Chris joins us to read from and talk about her poetry book Foxline, published in 2020 by Flying Island Books.
Find out more about Chris at her website: http://www.chrismansell.com
Zacchary Bird on Vegan Junk Food
Does being vegan mean having to miss out on burgers, jalapeno peppers and deep-fried banana fritters? No way, according to Melbourne writer and vegan recipe developer Zacchary Bird. In this episode that aired for the Newcastle Writers Festival's Stories to You series, Zacchary spills the tea on his first book Vegan Junk Food.
Paul Rabinowitz on The Clay Urn
Paul Rabinowitz talks to Tinfoil Crowns author Erin Jones about his novella The Clay Urn. They talk about the inspiration for his story, on working with a real situation--the Arab/Isreali conflict--in a fictional context, his evocative setting, his own experiences in the Isreali army, the complexity of war and the impact of that on young people, on seeing both sides of any conflict, key themes and takeaways from The Clay Urn, and much more.
Find out more about Paul Rabinowitz at his website here: https://www.paulrabinowitz.com
Find out more about Erin Jones at her website: http://www.betterpeaches.com/erin-jones
Angus Gaunt on Black Rabbit
The author of Black Rabbit and co-owner of Sappho Books reads from and talks about his latest novel and its quirky characters, about the impact of 2020, about themes and his writing style, the inherent beauty of writing for oneself, the value of small publishers, his work-in-progress, the book he's reading and loving (Janet Frame's An Autobiography), and lots more.
Angus' website: https://www.angusgaunt.com/
Sappho Books: https://www.sapphobooks.com.au/
Denise O'Hagan on The Beating Heart
Denise O'Hagan reads from and talks about her new poetry book The Beating Heart. We cover such things as how the book came about, the relationship between memoir, poetry, and meaning making, on the use of sensual stimulus and poetry is everywhere, on time, and the way our pasts are ever present, on the 'heart' of and in the book, on editing for The Blue Nib, and lots more.
Connect with Denise O'Hagan at her website here: https://denise-ohagan.com
and on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DeniseOHagan3
Visit The Blue Nib: https://thebluenib.com
Lee Kofman on Imperfect
Author, mentor, writing teacher and speaker Lee Kofman reads from about talks about her memoir Imperfect. In this brief but far-reaching conversation, we talk about some of Lee's key themes such as body surface and how it shapes us, the power of creative nonfiction, combining memoir and research and the connection for her, how she chose the people who were profiled in the book, the anthology she edited, Split, and lots more.
Find out more about Lee at her website: https://leekofman.com.au/
Nicola Redhouse on Unlike the Heart
Nicola Redhouse reads from her book Unlike the Heart and talks about the way her research grew from her own postnatal anxiety to something much bigger, about the relevance of the literary perspective on scientific inquiry, her readership, the genetic links that drive us, on the way in which her book helped her family, her works in progress and lots more.
You can watch this in full video at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival YouTube site: https://youtu.be/q0NCgiqxvdw
Find out more about Nicola at her website: https://www.nicolaredhouse.com/
Maria Tumarkin on Axiomatic
Maria Tumarkin reads from her award-winning book Axiomatic and talks about language and accents, the many different representations of time in Axiomatic: horizontal, vertical, chronological, cyclical, and 'real' and how she represents these multiple temporalities, about her characters and their complexities, about memory and the limitations of narrative, on axioms and the way they are true and not true, on productivity and caretaking, and much more. You can find out more about Maria's work at her website: http://www.mariatumarkin.com
The video version of this conversation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVuhP6yyuwE
Sophie Hardcastle on Below Deck
Sophie Hardcastle reads from her latest and much lauded novel Below Deck. We also talked about many things including her Provost scholarship at Oxford, on being an artist-in-resident with Chimu Adventures in Antarctica, the big themes of Below Deck, including ecology, respect, compassion, and the interconnectedness of all things, the link between visual art and written art, the current pandemic, and much more.
Full Video version here: https://youtu.be/82COIj2UXbw
Find out more about Sophie's writing, art, and her screenplay work at her website: https://www.sophiehardcastle.com/
Gillian Swain book launch My skin its own sky
Following the cancelled Newcastle Writers Festival, Gillian Swain and I decided to launch her new poetry book, My skin its own sky, online. The launch was featured in this year's online Newcastle Writers Festival #NWFSTORIESTOYOU (see video link below). My skin its own sky was published in Dec 2019 by Flying Island Books, and is Gillian's second published work following Sang Up (Picaro Press, 2001). Gillian lives in East Maitland with her husband and their four children, where they run their successful coffee roasting business, River Roast
Video version of launch: https://youtu.be/Z0ZxKQj2dkg
River Roast Coffee: https://riverroast.com
Virtual launch of Morgan Bell's Idiomatic, for the people
As the Newcastle Writers Festival had to be cancelled this year due to Coronavirus, we did a virtual launch for Morgan Bell's poetry chapbook Idiomatic, for the people. The session, which we conducted with Zoom, was a lot of fun and after my launch Morgan read and spoke about several of the poems in the collection, as well as how the book came together. The full video version can be found here: https://youtu.be/1G3kbb2wCfU. You can buy copies of Idiomatic, for the people from the Girls on Key Poetry Portal (https://www.girlsonkey.com/poetryportalshop/Poetry-book-Idiomatic-For-The-People-Morgan-Bell-p140419435) or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Idiomatic-people-chapbook-Morgan-Bell/dp/024445776X)
Jim Reese on Bone Chalk
In this guest episode, Daniel Flahie of the Die Healther podcast shares a recent interview with Dr Jim Reese on his new book Bone Chalk. Jim talks about how he became a writer, his transition from narrative poetry to prose (and the inspiration for that), the relationship between his personal experience with crime, working in prisons (especially San Quentin) and some of the surprising facts he learned doing so, and on writing crime, on the value of education, the relationship between writing, exercise and mental health, some of the key themes in his book, what gets him up in the morning, his inspirations, his upcoming project, and lots more.
Jim Reese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writing Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. He has also worked for over a decade in the United States prison systems as an educator. Dr. Reese has published three books of poetry, and his most recent work Bone Chalk is his first work of published prose. He has many awards including first place in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
Find out more about Jim Reese at his website: http://jimreese.org
Find out more about Daniel Flahie at: https://twitter.com/danielflahie
Roslyn McFarland on All the Lives We've Lived
Roslyn McFarland reads from and talks about her new novel All the Lives We've Lived, and discusses such things as her transition from English teacher and author of English HSC text books to fiction writer, the Salt Pan Creek setting of her book, the unique narrative structure and multiple stories within the narrative, her work in progress, and lots more.
Find more about Roslyn at: https://www.facebook.com/RoslynMcFarland.Writer/
Find All the Lives We've Live here: https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/store.php?product/page/2018/Roslyn+McFarland+%2F+All+the+Lives+We%27ve+Lived
Jessica Mehta talks with novelist and poet Nina Murray
In this wide-reaching and warm conversation, novelist and poet Jessica Mehta talks with novelist and poet Nina Murray, who reads some of her poems and talks about her latest poetry book Alcestis in the Underworld, the writing year in review, book titles, their relationship with Shakespeare, the appeal of the list poem and variety packs, on poetic themes, poetic sequencing and the critical importance of editing, on making sense of data, patterns and needs and how that relates to the poetic process, wishes for the new year/decade, writerly relationships, and lots more.
Nina Murray’s website: https://houndart.wordpress.com
Jessica Mehta’s website: https://jessicamehta.com
Jenny Blackford on The Girl in the Mirror
Multi-talented polymath Jenny Blackford reads from her new middle-grade novel The Girl in the Mirror and talks about her attraction to different genres, how the book came about, her attraction to sci-fi (and why she chose to entangle her protagonists), the book’s lovely illustrations (especially those redbacks), on her different fan streams, her large garden, her work-in-progress (and the name of the cat who will be in the book), and lots more!
Find more of Jenny at her website: http://www.jennyblackford.com
Macleans booksellers is carrying The Girl in the Mirror. You can find them online here: https://www.macleansbooks.com.au
Interview with Sarah Myles
The author of The Wolf Hour reads from and talks about her latest novel, its origins and her research, her characters, writing about Uganda, the micro world of her family and the macro world of global politics, on sibling tension and bonds, her work in progress, and lots more.
Find out more about Sarah and The Wolf Hour at https://sarahmyles.com.au/
Peter Valentine on World heritage Sites of Australia
Peter Valentine reads from and talks about his new book World Heritage Sites of Australia. In this wide-ranging discussion, we talk about the book and how it came about, why he’s pleased it took the more popular and less academic form of a coffee table book, the critical importance of protecting and celebrating our most important ecological areas, his plans for a second part, the need for community engagement, and lots more. You can find out more about World Heritage Sites of Australia at the National Library of Australia book site. You can also read or listen to the excellent conversation held with former Greens leader and noted environmentalist Bob Brown at the Canberra Writers’ Festival in August 2019 here: https://www.nla.gov.au/stories/audio/fragile-inheritance-book-launch
Eliana Gray on Eager to Break
Eliana Gray reads from and talks about their new poetry book Eager to Break. In this candid interview we talk about such things as writing about, through, and after trauma, on finding new forms of language, on writing about the body, on blurring and allowing for multitudes in pronouns, on self-acceptance, love, and healing, on eggs, and lots more.
Eager to Break can be purchased here: https://www.girlsonkey.com/poetryportalshop/Eager-to-Break-Eliana-Gray-p127089532
Find them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foxfoxxfox/
Interview with Richard James Allen
Richard James Allen reads from and talks about his new poetry book, The Short Story of You and I, exploring topics such as his book's themes and unique dialectical structure, the relationship between the poems and the reader, writing about love, the delicate motion between the metaphysical and the concrete, the relationship between poetry and quantum physics, complexity, the links between his many creativity practices, the relationship between the constructed self and character, and lots more.
Find out more about Richard's many projects at: https://physicaltv.com.au/
Bram Presser on The Book of Dirt
Bram Presser drops by to read from The Book of Dirt and we chat about many things including the Holocaust, the origins of his novel, the research he’s done, on the interplay between fact and fiction, the motif of dirt and his many golems, Czech folklore, his works in progress, and lots more.
Find out more about Bram at: https://brampresser.com/the-book-of-dirt/
We ran out of time before I could ask Bram whether his Jewish punk rock band Yidcore would be getting back together, but it turns out that they are, at The Festival of Jewish Arts & Music on the 8th of Sept. Find out more here: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2019/yidcore/
Anne Casey on Where the Lost Things Go
Anne Casey drops by to read from and talk about her debut poetry collection Where the Lost Things Go, including the poem that started it all (fifth most read item in The Irish Times “In memoriam II: The draper” which actually made both of us cry, some of the many themes in the book: loss, anger, compassion, the migrant's guilt, poetry as activism, transcendence, and lots more. Find more about Anne at her website: http://www.anne-casey.com/
Ali Whitelock on And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can
Ali Whitelock reads from and talks about her latest poetry book And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can. We cover such topics as Ali's particular take-no-prisoners style, on being candid, how the book came together, on being a permanent migrant, her work-in-progress, and lots more. You can find Ali at her website: http://www.aliwhitelock.com
Steve Armstrong on Broken Ground
Find Steve's book here: uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/broken-ground
Jill Jones on Brink
Jones' photo by Annette Willis 2007
Jill's website is: www.jilljones.com.au
Kathryn Fry on Green Point Bearings
Here are links to a few of the things we spoke about:
Green Point Bearings
Wendy Whiteley's Garden
Jean Kent's Paris in my pocket
John Foulcher's A Casual Penance