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Eliana Gray on Eager to Break

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By Maggie Ball
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Compulsive Reader's author interviews, book chat, literary discussions, readings and more. It's an audio haven for book lovers! Recent and upcoming guests include Terry Denton, Marion Halligan, Sir Ken Robinson, Emily Ballou, Sofie Laguna, Matthew Riley, John Banville, Felicity Plunkett, Mark Coker, Peter Bowerman, Eric Maisel, Ramona Koval, Tim Flannery, Carl Zimmer, Gail Jones, Jane Smiley, Frank Delaney, Ben Okri, and many more.
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Compulsive Reader's author interviews, book chat, literary discussions, readings and more. It's an audio haven for book lovers! Recent and upcoming guests include Terry Denton, Marion Halligan, Sir Ken Robinson, Emily Ballou, Sofie Laguna, Matthew Riley, John Banville, Felicity Plunkett, Mark Coker, Peter Bowerman, Eric Maisel, Ramona Koval, Tim Flannery, Carl Zimmer, Gail Jones, Jane Smiley, Frank Delaney, Ben Okri, and many more.
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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/
29:22
October 28, 2019
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
32:42
September 18, 2019
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/
35:23
July 2, 2019
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/
30:32
June 24, 2019
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/
36:43
May 6, 2019
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/
33:22
February 11, 2019
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
28:26
January 10, 2019
Steve Armstrong on Broken Ground
Poet Steve Armstrong joins us to read a number of poems from his new poetry book Broken Ground. We also talk about the healing power of poetry and the magic of nature, about his poetry practice, on writing the 'walking poem', themes, rhythms, on the subtle droll humour running through the book, the difference between writing poetry and using poetry as therapy, on the editing and structuring process of pulling the book together, and much more. Find Steve's book here: https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/broken-ground
31:29
August 6, 2018
Jill Jones on Brink
Jill Jones joins us to read several poems from and talk about her latest poetry book Brink.  We discuss some of the key themes in the book (what does it mean to be on the 'brink'), the changing face of eco-poetry (and why trees remain fertile subjects for poets), the way the book came together, its editing process, the relationship between fierceness, tenderness, and politics, on appropriation, collaboration, on ways of making meaning, and lots more.  Jones' photo by Annette Willis 2007 Jill's website is: http://www.jilljones.com.au
34:14
June 28, 2018
Kathryn Fry on Green Point Bearings
Poet Kathryn Fry reads a number of poems from her latest poetry collection Green Point Bearings and talks about the book's inspiration, how many of the poems came about and how the collection came together, her interest in the natural world, on mindfulness and the power of paying attention, on Ekphrasis and the paintings of Margaret Olly, the notion of 'grace from loss' and Wendy Whiteley's secret garden, on her mentorship with Brook Emery, what she's currently reading and inspired by, and much more.  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
33:23
June 18, 2018
Holly Ringland on The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Holly Ringland, author ofThe Lost Flowers of Alice Hart joins us to read a little from the book and talk about the wonderful language of flowers she invents for the book and how that came about, writing and trauma, her recently completed book tour, the impact of leaving Australia, Alice in Wonderland, Sturt's Desert Peas and Alice Springs, on the visceral nature of her book and its promotion, and lots more. Find more about Holly at her website: http://www.hollyringland.com/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollygoeslightly/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/hollyringland, and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holly.ringland
32:56
May 18, 2018
Tracy Sorensen on The Lucky Galah
Tracy Sorensen drops by Compulsive Reader Talks to read from and chat about her new book The Lucky Galah. The conversation is wide ranging but we talk about such things as her fabulous main character Lucky, about anthropomorphism and the relationship between the human and natural worlds, about 'hooking up' with author Charlotte Wood, about the Varuna writer retreat and retreats in general, about the Canarvon dish, magic realism, space travel, and lots more.  Tracy Sorensen's website is: http://squawkingalah.com.au/
35:08
March 27, 2018
Jennifer Maiden launches her poetry book Appalachian Fall
The wonderful Jennifer Maiden joins me at Macleans Booksellers in Hamilton NSW for a launch of her new book Appalachian Fall, including a Q&A, 3 poems, and audience questions.  The talk, which is opened by a reading from the introduction by Quemar Press publisher Katharine Margot Toohey, is wide ranging and explores such things as how the book came about, its inspiration, the relationship between poetry and political rhetoric, the bisection between the personal and the political, on the use of personae and humour in poetry, and lots more.  The sound is quiet but the conversation was too good to let go, so turn up your speakers and enjoy.  You can also grab the full transcript on Quemar's Commentary page here: https://quemarpress.weebly.com/commentary.html Find out more about Jennifer's books at: Quemar Press.
52:01
February 14, 2018
Interview with Jessica Townsend
Jessica Townsend, the author of Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow drops by to read from and chat about her book, which has been had the biggest children’s debut in the Australian market since records began.  We talk about the book's outrageous success, about target markets and how it's impossible to work to them, about magic, about the broader series (including some hints about what's coming in future books), about the upcoming 20th Century Fox film (and a first time reveal of the director!), about some of the key themes in the book, including the notion of a “cursed child”, the nature of wunder, on sentience and the Hotel Deucalion, on Fenestra, the fabulous feline, and lots more.  Find out more about Jessica at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/digressica Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/digressica/
33:33
October 24, 2017
Gerry Orz talks about Lucky or Not Here I Come
Gerry Orz is an award winning actor, director, producer, youth activist, and author of the book Lucky or Not, Here I come, released this month.  He drops by to read from Lucky or Not Here I Come and to discuss his inspiration for the book, some of the key themes, why he decided to broaden his already extensive list of accomplishments to include 'novelist', his characters and their relationships, the concept of lucky, about his writing process, the critical support of his family and school, about the changing landscape for young people, about bullying and why schools need to do more, his wish list, and lots more.   You can find out more about Gerry's work at his website: https://www.gerryorz.com/ His production company: https://www.flyingeagleproductions.com and his YouTube Channel World According to G: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQOJ3FO_6Lpfy6wXwpXA18g
30:37
August 16, 2017
Patti Miller on Writing True Stories
Award-winning author Patti Miller reads from and talks about her new nonfiction book Writing True Stories. Patti reads from chapter one, and we discuss such things as how Patti became the "memoir whisperer", the rise and rise of the memoir in all of its multi-genred formats, on how we are all creating narrative as we make meaning of our lives (how everyone has a story), on the encouragement of exploration in her writing workshops, the excerpts and structure of the book, and much more.  For more on Patti's upcoming workshops and her many books, visit:  http://www.lifestories.com.au/
32:41
July 24, 2017
Interview with Melinda Smith
The award-winning author of Goodbye, Cruel, reads from her new book and talks about how it came together, the structure, her linked suites, the influence of Dante, her attraction to Rabi'a Balkhi and Persian poetry in general, on writing about sensitive subjects like suicide, and much more.  Find more about Melinda at her publisher's page: https://pittstreetpoetry.com/melinda-smith/  or on Facebook or Twitter.
38:32
June 19, 2017
Jennifer Maiden on Play With Knives
Poet and novelist Jennifer Maiden drops by to read from her latest novel Play With Knives: Three: George and Clare and the Grey Hat Hacker, and to talk about all three novels in the Play With Knives series, about the joy of working her poetic and complex words and ideas through a thriller styled plot, about her characters George Jeffreys and Clare Collins, and the way they continue to appear through her poetry and fiction, about writing through current affairs like the Trump presidency and the first America Gulf War, about writing literary sex scenes, and lots more.  All three novels can be obtained as free downloads from Quemar Press: http://quemarpress.weebly.com/books.html
32:47
February 12, 2017
Dr Joanna McMillan talks about Get Lean, Stay Lean
Nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan talks about her new book Get Lean, Stay Lean, including how the book came together, why people are still struggling with nutritional and weightloss, outlines the Dr Joanna plate, her six steps to success and which one is the most unusual, about the importance of joy, her recipes, about how to sort through the fads (and which is the most dangerous), about eating sustainably - for oneself and for the planet, about the importance of "Hara Hachi Bu",  and lots more. Find out more about Dr Joanna and Get Lean, Stay Lean at https://drjoanna.com.au/.
30:29
January 8, 2017
Interview with Michele Seminara
Michele Seminara drops by to read from and talk about her poetry book Engraft and how it came together, the variety of forms and how she uses the page, about writing through Shakespeare, Kafka and other authors, about the tension between tradition and post-modernism, about the use of humour and play amidst dark themes, about Verity La which Michele is Managing Editor of, about her new book Scar to Scar, written with Robbie Coburn, and lots more.   Michele's website: https://micheleseminara.wordpress.com/author/micheleseminara/ Verity La: http://verityla.com/ Robbie Coburn's website: http://robbiecoburn.com.au/
32:41
November 29, 2016
Interview with Michelle Cahill on Letter to Pessoa
Michelle Cahill reads "Aubade for Larkin" and talks about her new book Letter to Pessoa, including the book's genesis, its shifting genres (and genders), about literary connection and disconnection, about writing meta-fiction, and the intersections between writing practice and philosophical discourse, about Derrida, about “ambulatory praxis” or the simultaneity of multiple place and the migrant experience, her choice of authors to write letters to, about intertextuality and the canon, power structures and language,and lots more.
35:56
October 27, 2016
Tim Elliott on Farewell to the Father
Tim Elliott joins us to read from and talk about his memoir Farewell to the Father.  He discusses how the initial article and book came about, the reasons for its powerful impact on readers, the themes that underlie the book including notions of failure, toxic masculinity, and the keeping of secrets, mental illness and the changing perception of it, about the difficulties (and joy) of writing memoir and rediscovering his father that way, the literary nature of the book (and some of the books that inspired him), some of his upcoming appearances, and lots more.
33:00
August 25, 2016
Joel Deane on Year of the Wasp
Joel Deane reads from and talks about his new poetry book Year of the Wasp.  Joel discusses a number of the themes and motifs throughout the book and in individual poems, the way the book came together, the power of poetry in getting to the heart of who we are, metapoetics and the artistic process, about the intersection of poetry and trauma, about the way his work connects wtih visual art, the interaction of the personal and the political in his work, and much more.
32:59
August 1, 2016
Hazel Smith on Word Migrants
Poet, performer, professor and new media artist Hazel Smith drops by to read from and talk about her latest book of poetry Word Migrants. Hazel is an incredible reader and her readings alone are worth listening to, but she also talks with me about the genesis of the book as a whole, and about each of the poems she reads, about the sonic/musical quality of her work, her key themes, particularly migration in all its many variants, and disappearances, about "uncreative" or conceptual poetry, and about her new book on the relations
32:06
June 28, 2016
Jane Caro talks about Plain-Speaking Jane
Author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator Jane Caro, chats about her memoir Plain-Speaking Jane, about the power of plain speaking - not just in terms of being candid, but in terms of breaking silence and comunicating with different audiences (with a bit of Australian politics thrown in there too...), about the power of connections, about her anxiety and how she was able to move beyond it, why advertising is such an incubator for great writers, about the dangers of focusing on the great over the good, about the power of connection, her many works in progress, and lots more.
29:37
June 6, 2016
Vivian Gornick reads from and talks about The Odd Woman and the City
In this special "on location" Sydney Writers Festival show, Vivian Gornick reads from and talks about the writing of her latest book The Odd Woman and the City, about the nature (and freedom) of “oddness”, about the joy and vitality of New York City, about the literary self vs the living self, the conversation between life and literature, about the nature of factual truth and memory, about self-doubt and the stretch into discomfort that is a writer's work, about sitzfleish and speilkas, about the way in which she's a minimalist, about understanding the past, about her work in progress and the joy of re-reading, and lots more.
25:25
May 23, 2016
Dimitrios Ikonomou reads from and chats about The Diary of Norman K
Author and scultor Dimitrios Ikonomou reads from his new novel The Diary of Norman K, and chats with Justin Goodman about his book and its origins, his characters, on having an unreliable narrator on an unreliable journey, on meta-fiction, on the relationship between his sculptures and his writing, on the quantum nature of memory, on role models, on being an outsider, the line between reality and perception, the signified and the signifier, and lots more.
37:34
May 18, 2016
Rebecca Starford on Bad Behaviour
In this special Newcastle Writers Festival episode, Rebecca Starford, the author of Bad Behaviour, reads from and talks about her memoir and how it came about, her "characters" and why she needed to revisit them, about the complex and fuzzy lines between bullying and being bullied, about the importance of being honest about her own character in the story, on the way writing about her experiences has open doors for others to talk more openly about their own, on coming of age and coming out, the latest news on the television option for the book, about her work in progress, and lots more.
32:05
March 15, 2016
Mark Flanagan on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest and Infinite Winter
Mark Flanagan is the founder and editor of Run Spot Run, and the instigator behind Infinite Winter, an online book club of hundreds of readers who have banded together to jointly read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in celebration of the book’s 20th anniversary.  In this episode of The Compulsive Reader Talks, we discuss Infinite Jest's timeless and ongoing appeal, what its like to group read it for the second time, the value of slow, attentive reading, about the guides and resources provided at Infinite Winter, about some of the more interesting things that have come out of his group reading, about what he's looking forward to, and lots more.
31:39
March 3, 2016
Christine Evans on Cloudless
The author of Cloudless reads from and talks about her new verse novel Cloudless, her unique characters, the way the book came together, why she used verse, about the interlinking lives, about Perth in the 1980s, about the magic in her book (and her taste for Magic Realism), about the way time distorts, her work-in-progress, and lots more.
27:24
December 10, 2015
Martin Langford on his new book Ground
Martin Langford reads from his new poetry book Ground, and talks about his overarching principle of spaces places and the evolution of the book as a collection, about time and timelessness, about Australian history and how it plays out in Ground, about settlement and displacement, about Sydney and its layers, about eco-poetry and why his writing, though nature-rich, isn't, about  meta-poetry and the Kingfisher's, his next project, and lots more.
37:21
October 27, 2015
Jean Kent talks about The Hour of Silvered Mullet
In this episode held live (complete with rich sound effects) from Lake Macquarie Pub, acclaimed poet Jean Kent reads from her new book The Hour of Silvered Mullet, and talks about the importance of scent, her settings, eco-poetics, the way in which the book came together, the conjunction between the ordinary (say, a mullet jumping out of the water) and the extraordinary, the inspiration for her poetic characters (especially Morag), on nostalgia or the way the past pulls us from the present, and lots more.
29:45
September 13, 2015
Carolyn Martinez talks about Finding Love
Carolyn Martinez, author of Inspiring IVF Stories and Finding Love: 7 Things you Need to Know Before You Date Again  reads from and talks about her new book, about her path to becoming an author, about her writing process, the most surprising response from readers, about her publishing house Hawkeye Publishing and the way it has grown beyond her two releases, the secret of her productivity, about the importance of communities and why she seems to create them around her, and lots more.
28:27
August 17, 2015
Ali Cobby Eckermann on her book Inside my Mother
Ali Cobby Eckermann joins us to read from and talk about her latest poetry collection Inside my Mother, as well as the "My Mother's Heart" sesion at the Sydney Writers Festival, the many meanings of "mother", both personal, universal, and metaphoric, about language and its multiplicities, about the tension between the desire for independence and the hunger for the protection and love that mothers represent, about the abundant animals in her work, about sadness, anger, and healing, her work-in-progress, and lots more.
32:49
August 10, 2015
Lucy Dougan on The Guardians
The author of The Guardans reads a number of poems from her book and talks about how it has has come together, about the key themes in the book: masks, the roles and genetics we inherit, about poetry as archeology, on animals, parenting, the "wild estate", on poetry as craft and craft as poetry, her new current project, and lots more.
33:52
July 27, 2015
Beth Spencer on Vagabondage
Award winning novelist, poet and nonfiction writer Beth Spencer reads from and talks about her latest poetry book,Vagabondage.  In this candid conversation we discuss her own journey, the idea of "leaving no trace", about aging, displacement, homelessness, her writing processes, about giving up and then re-finding herself as a writer, verisimilitude and the poetic form, the value (and pain) of solitude and attention, about time's cyclical and mosaic quality and why poetry works so well to describe that, and much more.
33:47
June 15, 2015
Graham Stull on The Hydra
The author of The Hydra reads from and talks about his new novel and where his ideas for it came from, about his biologist turned Frankenstein protagonist Brian Matterosi, on viral engineering, genre fiction, indie publishing, distopias, population and ecology, the relationship between economics and fiction, on multi-nationality, the shifting sands of 'truth' (and how that makes good fodder for fiction, a preview of his next novel The Fortune Teller, and lots more.
33:03
June 8, 2015
Ben Okri on The Age of Magic
Ben Okri joins us live from the Sydney Writers Festival to read from and talk about his latest novel The Age of Magic and what inspired it, its characters, on the true nature of magic, on the book's themes incuding what Goethe calls des Pudels Kern (the real nature or deeper meaning of things), on transcendent knowledge and why we truly are living in an age of magic, on the value of slow reading, why we need new forms of fiction, his new poetry book Wild, on the relationship between writing poetry and writing prose, upcoming work, and lots more.  Note: this interview took place following Ben's Age of Magic Talk which I referred to several times in my interview.  The talk can be listened to in full here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/sydney-writers27-festival3a-ben-okri/6488934
26:42
May 23, 2015
Joan Schweighardt on The Accidental Art Thief
The author of The Accidental Art Thief reads from and talks about her new novel and the inspiration for it, her quirky "under-the-radar" characters, her gorgeous Albuquerque setting, some of her key themes, on keeping secrets, her new work in progress, and lots more.
27:29
May 17, 2015
Philip Salom on Alterworld
The author of Alterworld: Sky Poems, The Well Mouth, Alterworld reads from and talks about his new poetry collection and how it came together as a trio over 27 years, about his settings, the poetic afterlife, mythologies, the power of poetry, on black humour, his current work in progress, poetry and politics, and much more.
32:06
February 17, 2015
Masterchef Julie Goodwin on 20/20 Meals
Masterchef and author of 20/20 Meals Julie Goodwin talks about her new cookbook, about her journey from being a keen home cook to becoming a Masterchef and of making a business out of cooking, about the way in which food is a key to understanding other cultures, about the importance of ordinary, daily cooking, about how she chose and tested the meals in the book, tips for getting kids to participate in cooking, about her new cooking school Julie's Place, about her singing, and lots more.
28:30
November 7, 2014
Jeri Kroll on Workshopping the Heart
The author of Vanishing Point, and Workshopping the Heart reads from and talks about her latest books of poetry, about the transition from poetry to drama, the relationship between poetry and theatre, about her protagonist Diana, on writing about anorexia, about family damage and healing, on how the different books of poetry came together in Workshopping the Heart, about the relationship between the domestic and the universal, her new work and lots more.
33:00
October 27, 2014
Brooke Davis on Lost and Found
Australian Book Industy Award Winner Brooke Davis reads from and talks about her novel Lost & Found, about her lovely, quirky characters, about writing a novel as PhD project and its impact on her work, about the intersection of grief and art, about disenfranchisement and loud voices, about notions of goodness and badness, about how she's dealing with the massive and atypical success of her first novel, about the nature of grief, and lots more.
33:41
July 29, 2014
Andy Kissane on Radiance
The author of the poetry collection Radiance reads a selection of poems from his new book, talks about how the book came together as a collection, its structure and epitaphs, his themes, on being a "cricket poet", on hanging out with great, dead authors, about his character "The Moon", his current work-in-progressand lots more.
34:02
June 23, 2014
Interview with Carmel MacDonald Grahame
The author of Personal Effects reads from and talks about her novel and how the story came together, about the cyclical (and pieced together) nature of time in her book, about mosaic (pique assiette) and its role in the novel, about writing as craft, about her characters and the sacrifices they make, about the books themes, her new projects and lots more.
29:30
May 26, 2014
Vanessa Berry on Ninety 9
The author of Ninety 9 reads from and talks about her new book, about band t-shirts, growing up in the 1990s (and what has and hasn't changed), on the joy of 'zines, on the conjunction of the mythical and the domestic, on the power of capturing ephemera, her upcoming projects, and lots more.
28:41
February 23, 2014
Interview with Jaye Ford
The author of Blood Secret reads from and talks about her new book, about the incident that gave rise to it, her main characters, her local settings, her struggles with the writing, her work in progress, and lots more.
28:49
October 29, 2013
Interview with Paul W Newman
Author Paul Newman drops by to read from and talk about his novel Fin Rising, about writing the first novel, his quirky characters, the fine art of fly fishing, genre bending, the relationship between illustration and writing, and lots more.
34:09
September 19, 2013
Interview with Brian Castro
Author Brian Castro reads from and talks about his latest novel Street to Street, his three protagonists, the transformative power of the imagination, the notion of failure, melancholy, the relationship between fiction and non-fiction, the fuzziness of genre, and lots more.
31:21
September 12, 2013
Don’t Let the Wind Catch You with Aaron Paul Lazar
The author of Don't Let the Wind Catch You reads from and talks about his newest LeGarde mystery book, his protagonist Gus, his other mystery series and the lure of the genre for him, the secrets of his proflic output, the intersection of life and writing, the next books in the pipeline, how to catch LazarFever, and lots more.
29:09
August 28, 2013
The Bookman’s Tale with Charlie Lovett
The author of The Bookman's Tale talks about his new novel, about his multinational settings, the book's structure, the joy of libraries and bookstores, book restoration, his characters, the nature of fiction (versus nonfiction and plays), his upcoming work, and lots more.
30:27
July 16, 2013
Lisa Gorton on Hotel Hyperion
The author of Hotel Hyperion talks about and reads from her new book of poetry, the relationship between memory, dreams, appropriation and art, the book's origins including the nature of a storm glass, Titan, Keats, multiverses and rooms, art and imagination, and lots more.
27:37
July 4, 2013
Bread of the Lost with Philomena Van Rijswijk
The author of Bread of the Lost talks about and reads lots of poems from her new poetry collection, discusses the notion of the 'metaphorical feed', the genesis of the book, the natural world as character, the wild animal beneath the veneer of civilisation, the "Tardis of passion", Tasmania, her upcoming novel, and lots more.
32:10
June 6, 2013
Bob Rich's Ascending Spiral
The author of Ascending Spiral talks about his latest novel,about genre bending, the books themes, its characters, sustainability, about being a Renaissance man, on optimism and pessimism, and lots more.
30:34
May 6, 2013
Fred Watson on Star Craving Mad
The author of Star Craving Mad reads from and talks about his latest book, on the importance of a multi-disciplinary perspective in science, on future areas of interest for astronomy and other scientific areas, the relationship between music and science, Astronomy Tourism, his nonfiction work-in-progress, and lots more.
32:56
April 8, 2013
Interview with Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer
The editors of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home talk about the   book, about choosing the essays and working with the 27 authors, about their own migration experiences, about the relationship between writing and migration, and lots more.
32:03
February 18, 2013
Interview with Jennifer Maiden
The author of Liquid Nitrogen reads from and talks about her new poetry book, about her themes, about the combining of the personal and political, about writing topical poetry, about meta-poetics, mentorship and parenting as it plays out in her work, the relationship between poetry and prose, and lots more.
31:46
December 17, 2012
ModPo's Amaris Cuchanski, Max McKenna & Anna Strong
Three of the Teaching Assistants from the University of Pennsylvania's Modern and Contemporary American Poetry course (ModPo) drop by to chat about the course, how they got involved, contemporary poetics, the notion of uncreative writing and play in poetry, the wisdom of crowds, the future of ModPo, and lots more.
32:51
November 15, 2012
Interview with Jillian Schedneck
The author of Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights reads from and talks about her book, about the differences (and similarities) between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, about her current research project, about seeing a culture through the eyes of a foreigner, and lots more.
30:45
November 6, 2012
Interview with Lily Brett
The author of Lola Bensky talks about her new book, about rock journalism and the 1960s, about her character Lola, about the black humour in the book, the relationship between 'real life, her fictional detectives Harry and Schlomo, and lots more.
30:23
October 26, 2012
Interview with Joanne Harris
The author of Peaches for Father Francis talks about her new book, about revisiting Lansquenet, about the nature of serials, about food writing, about magical realism and how it works in her books, about her character Vianne Rocher, about what it's like to have Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche play your characters, and lots more.
31:21
October 10, 2012
Interview with Margaret Wertheim
The author of Physics on the Fringe talks about how her years of collecting the work of 'outsider physics' turned into a book, about the notion of some aspects of modern physics being more akin to art than science, about her star outsider Jim Carter, about the Institute of Figuring that she created, about the amazing Coral Reef Project she originated with her sister, about her next book, and lots more.
29:25
September 10, 2012
Interview with Danny Iny
The author of Engagement from Scratch talks about his company Firepole Marketing, about the power of blogging, about why creative people need to market, author promotion, his book and why he's giving it away, on philanthropy, mantaining the balance between professionalism and fun, and lots more.
31:45
September 4, 2012
Interview with Nigel Marsh
The author of Fit, Fifty and Fired Up talks about his new book, about self-actualisation, about why his book is not a self-help, the pressures on the modern male and why this is important beyond the personal, about his "characters", on living a purposeful life, and lots more.
33:58
August 13, 2012
Interview with Anna Solding
The author of The Hum of Concrete reads from and talks about her first novel, about the the relationship between the stories and a novel, about the title and its meaning, about her characters, about the setting in Malmö, Sweden, about Midnight Sun publishing, and lots more.
33:11
July 30, 2012
Interview with Kate Fagan
Poet, editor, musician, researcher, and lecturer Kate Fagan talks about and reads from her new poetry book First Light. We discuss the Cento form, the structuring of the book, poetics and meaning making, her collaborations, on music and poetry, style and rhythm, and lots more.
28:33
June 13, 2012
Interview with Ian Gibbins
The author of Urban Biology reads from and talks about his new poetry book and the poems in it, the relationship between poetry and science, anthropomorphism, on giving words to the wordless, his music, and lots more.
30:32
May 28, 2012
Interview with Stephen Scourfield
The author of Unaccountable Hours: Three Novellas reads from his latest book, and talks about his characters, mentorship, the novella form, wood and craftmanship, water and "the secret", ethics and environmentalism, and lots more.
31:03
April 30, 2012
Interview with Frank Delaney
The author of The Last Storyteller talks about his latest novel, about trilogies, about the art of storyteller and the Seanchai, about the communal nature of the story, his characters, about exile and art, his new Amazon short "The Druid", and lots more.
33:45
March 15, 2012
Interview with Amanda Curtin
The author of Inherited, talks about her new book of short stories, about the notion of inheritance in all its forms, about the short story form, about writing on obsession, loss and love, the origins of some of her stories, and much more.
29:45
February 16, 2012
Interview with Lesley Synge
The author of Mountains Belong to the People Who Love Them reads a variety of poems from her book, and talks about the parallels between the two sections of her book, about the importance of slowing down and learning to observe, about Buddhism and the modern world, about change and epiphany, and much more.
35:33
December 14, 2011
Interview with Mike French
The author of The Ascent of Issac Steward talks about his first novel, on being compared to James Joyce, on physics and cognative science, his symbolism and Biblical references, his literary magazine The View From Here, on the value of the slow read, his upcoming novel Blue Friday, and lots more.
35:06
October 21, 2011
Interview with George Ivanoff
The author of Gamer's Quest and Gamer's Challenge talks about his latest novel, some of the key themes, his favourite games (and Dr Who monster), the nature of reality, The Ultimate Gamer, his 50 books, and lots more.
31:00
October 19, 2011
Interview with Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley talks about her latest novel Private Life, about historical fiction and genres in general, about the relationship between fiction and memoir, about her characters, the notion of obsession, and the universe in the particular, and much more.
29:42
August 26, 2011
Interview with Mary E Martin
The author of The Drawing Lesson talks about her most recent novel in the Trilogy of Remembrance, the trilogy form, her characters, the notion of inspirational light, the muse, her research, her amazing book trailer and lots more.
29:57
July 19, 2011
Interview with Chad Hautmann
The author of Billie's Ghost and Magic and Grace talks about his latest book, his characters and key themes, his interesting route to publication, the injury that gave rise to the story, on the relationship between teaching and writing, and lots more.
30:14
May 17, 2011
Interview with Sue Collier
The co-author of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing talks about her book, about the paradigm shift in publishing over the past 5 years, the benefits and challenges of self-publishing, and lots more.
26:36
May 2, 2011
Interview with Terry Denton
Funnyman, writer, illustrator, cartoonist Terry Denton talks about his new television series Gasp, along with his latest collaborations, his future projects and lots more.
30:48
April 18, 2011
Interview with Gail Jones
The author of Five Bells talks about her latest novel, about the poem that inspired it, about Sydney, and lots more.
28:54
March 21, 2011
Interview with Carl Zimmer
The author of Brain Cuttings talks about his latest book, on how the brain works, on the limits of our understanding about the brain, the meaning of time, the nature of consciousness, and lots more.
10:12
February 16, 2011
Interview with David Follett
The author and illustrator of Uncle Silas: Genetis talks about his book, his themes, his other comics, about the graphic novel form in general, and lots more.
30:28
February 6, 2011
Interview with Tim Flannery
The author of Here on Earth talks about his latest book, about the human superorganism and the Gaia system, about game theory, the tipping point, and lots more.
13:13
December 15, 2010
Interview with Lyn Reeves
The author of Designs on the Body talks about her new book, about poetry in general and Australian poetry in particular, about her magazine Famous Reporter, and lots more.
31:31
December 13, 2010
Interview with Meredith Whitford
The author of Shakespeare's Will talks about her new book, about historical fiction in general, about her involvement in Bewrite Books new Australian wing and what that means, and lots more.
32:37
October 21, 2010
Interview with Craig Silvey
The author of Jasper Jones talks about his multi-award winning novel, his characters, his themes, music, and lots more.
25:39
September 28, 2010
Interview with Ramona Koval
ABC Radio's and The Book Show's Interviewer extraordinaire (and author of the newly released Speaking Volumes) sits on the other side of the chair for a meta-discussion on the art of the literary interview.
29:48
August 30, 2010
Interview with Bob Stahl
The author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbooks talks about his new book, about the connection between mindfulness and creativity, why mindfulness is so powerful, about the spiritual challenges of modern living, and lots more.
30:19
August 11, 2010
Interview with Justin D’Ath
Justin D’Ath is the author of 26 books for children and young adults, including the hugely popular Extreme Adventures series. He'll be joining us to talk about his latest book Phoebe Nash: Girl Warrior.
30:54
July 19, 2010
Interview with Linda Ruth Brooks
The author of I'm Not Broken: I'm Just Different talks about her latest book, about self-publishing, Asperger's Syndrome, and lots more.
37:41
July 1, 2010
Interview with Eric Maisel
The author of Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions talks about his latest book, about the nature of productive obsessions, the importance of creativity, creative anxiety, his upcoming work, and lots more.
27:38
June 16, 2010
Interview with Peter Bowerman
The Well-Fed Writer talks about the latest, updated edition of his book, about commercial writing, about the work-life balance, about the whole notion of the hungry artist, and lots more.
31:29
June 10, 2010
Interview with Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
The founder of smashwords.com talks about the future of reading, publishing, the relationship between electronic and print books, why it has taken so long for ebooks to catch on and why it's happening now, DRM, and a whole lot more.
39:30
March 4, 2010
Interview with Felicity Plunkett
The author of Vanishing Point reads her poems, talks about poetry in general, and in particular, her own work's inspiration and implications, her next book, her university work, and much more.
30:35
February 16, 2010
Interview with Margaret Hawkins
The author of A Year of Cats and Dogs talks about her first novel, her innovative use of the I Ching and recipes, her main character's journey, and lots more.
28:13
February 1, 2010
Interview with John Banville
The author of The Infinities, The Sea and a number of other award winning novels talks about his latest novel, his sometimes unacknowledged playful side, his alter ego 'crowd pleaser' Benjamin Black, on creating reality through the mesh of language, and lots more.
27:25
December 14, 2009
Interview with Matthew Riley
The author of The Five Greatest Warriors talks about his latest novel, his unique 'storyteller' style of writing, the Jack West Jr. series (and on the nature of series' in general) his unusual promotional techniques, and lots more.
52:47
October 25, 2009
Interview with Sofie Laguna
The author of One Foot Wrong talks about her first adult novel, her child protagonist, themes, the transition from children's to adult literature, acting, and lots more.
30:26
October 19, 2009
Interview with Andrew Thelander
The author of Last Birds talks about his latest novel, his characters and narrative style, about birdwatching, the relationship between conservation, ethics, and literature, and lots more.
30:55
October 1, 2009
Interview with K J Fraser
The author of A Journey, a Reckoning and a Miracle talks about her novel, her characters and their relationship to the real life people they mirror, her thoughts about America's future, her literary themes, and lots more.
31:41
September 1, 2009
Interview with Emily Ballou
The author of The Darwin Poems talks about her latest book, about the relationship between fiction, biography and poetry, about her famous subject and his 200th birthday, and lots more.
31:48
August 28, 2009
Interview with Dale Beaumont
The author of How to Write and Publish Your Own Best-Selling Book, talks to us about his latest package, on being a young entrepreneur, about the relationship between writing and promoting, the "secret" of success (using the term in its broadest context), and a lot more.
31:11
August 4, 2009
Interview with Danny Gillan
The author of Will You Love Me Tomorrow talks about his novel, his upcoming anthology, his other writing work, about rock and roll and its many facets, including its representation in literature, about comedy writing, and lots more.
29:19
June 18, 2009
Interview with Sir Ken Robinson
The author of The Element talks about his book, about the notion of finding your 'passion', about his vision of human ability and creativity, about the role of mentors, and lots more.
29:37
June 16, 2009
Interview with Lorraine Mace
The author of The Greatest Moving Abroad Tips in the World and The ABC Checklist for New Writers talks about her latest book, about being a "perennial nomad", about being a professional freelancer, about nonfiction in general, and lots more. This is a phone in show, so free free to call in or chat in with your own questions.
29:16
May 27, 2009
Interview with Gaynor McGrath
The author of Lemniscate talks about her novel, the relationship between fact and fiction, her characters, her own travels, her next project, and lots more.
28:48
May 21, 2009
Interview with Marion Halligan
Marion Halligan reads from and talks about her new novel Valley of Grace, about its French setting, it's themes, about being a reader as much as a writer and the connection between reader and writer, and lots more.
30:59
April 28, 2009
Interview with Paul Burman
The author of The Snowing and Greening of Thomas Passmore returns to The Compulsive Reader on his own to talk about his novel, his characters, deja vu, about the relationship between teaching and writing, and lots more.
32:19
April 7, 2009
Interview with Terry Denton
Children's author (Storymaze, Wombat in the City), illustrator, and humourist Terry Denton talks about his work, his latest Wombat in the City, on literary humour in general and lots more.
30:30
February 16, 2009
Interview with Bel Schenk
The author of Ambulances & Dreamers talks about her new book, Express Media, poetry in Australia, poetry for young people, and lots more.
29:05
February 10, 2009
Interview with Geoff Nelder
The author of Exit, Pursued by a Bee talks about his book, science fiction, his SciFi mag Escape Velocity, and lots more.
30:22
December 8, 2008
Interview with Mark David Gerson
The author of The Voice of the Muse talks about his book, the ideas behind it, his "rules" for writing and living, the relationship between prose, and lots more.
30:22
November 6, 2008
Joel Deane and Karen Knight: an hour of poetry
In this exciting show, we bring two of Australia's leading poets together for an hour of poetry, discussion and debate. Joel Deane has won two national awards for his poetry and fiction. His novel, Another, and his first poetry book Subterranean Radio Songs both won the IP Picks award for best unpublished Australian manuscript. His latest collection is titled Magisterium, and was published last month by Australian Scholarly Publishing. He has also worked as a press secretary and speechwriter for the Australian Labor Party. Karen Knight has won the Alec Bolton Award, three writer's development grants from Arts Tasmania, and the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship Award for Poetry. Postcards from the Asylum is her fifth collection and was published last month by Pardalote Press. Previous titles include Under the one granite roof - poems for Walt Whitman (Pardalote Press, 2004); Singing in the Grain (Walleah Press, 2001), My Mother has Become (Picaro Press, 2003) and Doctor Says (Picaro Press, 2006). With Sue Moss, she is co-editor of Interior Despots - Running the Border, an anthology of women poets (Pardalote Press, 2001). She is also one of the five writers represented in Republican Dreaming (Bumblebee Books, 1999).
1:00:58
September 25, 2008
The View From Here
Mike French and Paul Burman, Editors of The View From Here magazine(http://www.viewfromheremagazine.com) will be talking about their literary journal, their own novels The Dandelion Tree and The Snowing and Greening of Thomas Passmore (respectively), and lots more.
30:48
September 10, 2008
Interview with Wendy James
The author of The Steele Diaries talks about her latest novel, on being a sophomore, on the Australian artworld, on her mother-daughter-absent father theme, and lots more.
27:04
August 19, 2008
Interview with Howard Waldman
The author of Good Americans Go to Paris When They Die talks about his latest novel, his unique premise, his settings, characters, themes, sales, next novel, and a whole lot more.
29:19
August 13, 2008
Interview with Aaron Paul Lazar
The author of Tremolo: Cry of the Loon talks about his new book, about literary mysteries, about serialising his character Gus LeGarde, and lots more.
28:54
August 6, 2008
Interview with Will Chaffey
The author of Swimming with Crocodiles talks about his book, his great adventure, about publishing across borders, his future work and plans for return, and lots more.
25:39
August 5, 2008
Interview with Nick Place
The author of The OK Team talks about his novel, the world of superheros, his key themes, the dullest member of the royal family, Harry Potter, how to hack into his character's website, and lots more.
29:46
June 30, 2008
Interview with Marion Roberts
The author of Sunny Side Up talks about her novel, the development of her protagonist, about the gender divide in young adult books, where the photographs came from, upcoming releases, and lots more.
30:14
June 10, 2008
Interview with Julie Mars
The author of Anybody Any Minute reads from her latest novel, talks about her heroine Ellen Kenny, the challenges of living an authentic life, the theme of sisterhood and empowerment which run through her books, the female at midlife, and a whole lot more.
29:59
May 6, 2008
Interview with Basil Eliades, author of 3rd i
Poet, painter, performer Basil Eliades (www.basileliades.com performs from his CD 3rd i, and talks about poetry, painting, aesthetics, life, love, art, and the relationship between them.
37:14
March 11, 2008
Interview with Lorraine Mace, co-author of The ABC Checklist for New Writers
The author of The ABC Checklist for New Writers talks about her book, provides tips and tricks for authors, talks about international collaboration, her children's book, and lots more.
31:50
February 11, 2008
Interview with Roland Harvey
The award winning Australian children's author and illustrator talks about his new book In the City, his unique, heavily detailed style, his fascinating settings, the relationship between reality and fantasy in his latest "in the" series, and much more.
31:18
December 11, 2007
Interview with Emily Ballou, author of Aphelion
Emily Ballou talks about her new novel Aphelion, her old/new Adaminaby setting, on the cycles of life, death, love, longing and memory which form the motif of this novel, and lots more.
31:48
December 4, 2007
Interview with Graeme Kinross-Smith
The author of Long Afternoon of the World talks about his first novel, the book's strange cyclical time, on the creation of meaning, on the relationship between poetry, nonfiction, photography and teaching, his publisher, his next book, and lots more.
33:30
November 14, 2007
Interview with Justin Lowe
The author of The Great Big Show talks about his verse novel, about poetry, publishing, the literary world and much more.
33:20
October 17, 2007
Interview with Helen Townsend, author of Above the Starry Frame
The author of Above the Starry Frame talks about her new book, her character William Irwin, the Eureka Stockade, and lots more.
31:43
September 19, 2007
Ross Duncan on All Those Bright Crosses
Ross Duncan reads from his new novel All Those Bright Crosses, talks about the development of his book, his key themes - love, loss, grief, on the nature of morality, his historical setting, Fiji, the rise of poker machine addiction, the relationship between law and writing, and lots more.
30:45
August 14, 2007
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