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2020

Present Tense. Our Uneasy Inheritance
Monday 14 September 2020
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Present Tense. Our Uneasy Inheritance

Both searing yet beautiful, the poetry and prose of Ellen van Neerven traces the continuing dispossession and violence that are our country’s uneasy inheritance. Ellen speaks with Dr Jeanine Leane about their powerful new poetry collection, Throat.

– 1 hour 3 minutes 10 seconds
Animal Magnetism
Monday 14 September 2020
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Animal Magnetism

Prehistoric animals, a pandemic and climate catastrophe are at the pointy ends of a three-way conversation between the latest novels of Chris Flynn, Laura Jean McKay and James Bradley. Jane Rawson explores an uncanny confluence of science,

– 1 hour 15 minutes 46 seconds
Criminal Types
Monday 14 September 2020
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Criminal Types

Jason Steger chats with them about font crimes, typomania and a P.I. who is many things, including deaf. This event will be Auslan interpreted.

– 1 hour 14 minutes 45 seconds
Body Count
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Body Count

Respected journalist Paddy Manning tells stories of tragedy, loss, heroism and resilience, in a book that is both monument and warning in his account of the human toll of climate change. With Jane Rawson.

– 46 minutes 6 seconds
Past Tense. History: What is it good for?
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Past Tense. History: What is it good for?

With Professor Clare Wright at the helm, we hear from Megan Davis, Tony Birch, Lucy Treloar, Chris Flynn and James Dunk responding to the NSW History Week theme, History: What is it good for?

– 1 hour 32 minutes 5 seconds
A Room Made of Leaves
Sunday 13 September 2020
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A Room Made of Leaves

A Room Made of Leaves turns historical fiction inside out. It is a stunning sleight of hand that gives the past the piercing immediacy of the present and reveals its urgent implications for our future. Don’t miss Kate Grenville in conversation

– 1 hour 0 minutes 20 seconds
Bedlam
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Bedlam

In Bedlam at Botany Bay, historian James Dunk looks at how mental illness surfaced in colonial New South Wales. Weaving a narrative of freedom and possibility, unravel and collapse, he traces the path of people who found themselves at the edge of

– 48 minutes 21 seconds
Somebody's Story
Sunday 13 September 2020
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Somebody's Story

Working in various mediums including film, theatre and podcast, our panellists showcase recent projects and discuss the delicate art of working with the stories of others, working regionally, and working through Covid. With Alyson Evans, Helen

– 1 hour 9 minutes 1 seconds
River of Stories Award 2020
Saturday 12 September 2020
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River of Stories Award 2020

Join us at 12:15pm on Saturday 12th September for our very special River of Stories Award ceremony.

– 30 minutes 9 seconds
AlburyCity Short Story Award 2020
Thursday 10 September 2020
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AlburyCity Short Story Award 2020

Tune in at 6:15pm Thursday September 10 as Lucy Treloar announces the 2020 winner of the AlburyCity Short Story Award.

– 24 minutes 22 seconds
Wednesday 3 June 2020
Short Stories: Kate Rotherham talks to Lucy Treloar

Short Stories: Kate Rotherham talks to Lucy Treloar

Kate Rotherham in conversation with Lucy Treloar about the art of short story writing, what they love and what tips they have for aspiring writers.

2019

Sunday 15 September 2019
The Fragments: Toni Jordan in conversation with Jason Steger.

The Fragments: Toni Jordan in conversation with Jason Steger.

Jason Steger chats with Toni Jordan about her novel The Fragments, set in 1930s New York and 1980s Brisbane. Recorded 15.9.2019

Sunday 15 September 2019
Thrill of Crime: Marg Hickey talks to Andy Muir, Christian White and Richard Anderson

Thrill of Crime: Marg Hickey talks to Andy Muir, Christian White and Richard Anderson

Andy Muir, Christian White and Richard Anderson talk to Marg Hickey about their latest novels while discussing our insatiable fascination with the crime-thriller genre. Recorded 15.9.2019

Friday 13 September 2019
Inclusion Zone: Ben Doherty talks to Alice Pung, Arnold Zable and Amal Awad.

Inclusion Zone: Ben Doherty talks to Alice Pung, Arnold Zable and Amal Awad.

Ben Doherty, Alice Pung, Arnold Zable and Amal Awad discuss racism, identity and belonging in Australia; the need to move beyond tokenism in our embrace of our diversity; and what it means to be a good human. Recorded 13.9.2019

Friday 13 September 2019
Inside Publishing: Jane McCredie talks to Elissa Baillie, Coco McGrath and  Jacqueline Kent

Inside Publishing: Jane McCredie talks to Elissa Baillie, Coco McGrath and Jacqueline Kent

Get an insider’s look into the world of book publishing with Elissa Baillie of Simon & Schuster, Coco McGrath from Affirm Press and Jacqueline Kent, author of A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a Literary Life. Chaired by Jane McCredie. Event sponsored by Writing NSW. Recorded 13.9.2019

2018

Sunday 9 September 2018
Finding Words: Ailsa Piper talks to Caroline Baum and Jessie Cole

Finding Words: Ailsa Piper talks to Caroline Baum and Jessie Cole

Caroline Baum and Jessie Cole talk to Ailsa Piper about family, forgiveness and the importance of writing to understanding their lives and losses. Recorded 9.9.2018

Sunday 9 September 2018
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted: Jason Steger talks to Robert Hillman

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted: Jason Steger talks to Robert Hillman

Jason Steger talks to Robert Hillman about his exquisite and moving book The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted. Recorded 9.9.2018

Saturday 8 September 2018
Badlands: Margaret Hickey talks to Chris Hammer, Mark Brandi and Mark Smith

Badlands: Margaret Hickey talks to Chris Hammer, Mark Brandi and Mark Smith

Chris Hammer, Mark Brandi and Mark Smith talk to Margaret Hickey about the importance of landscape and place in rendering their characters, driving the narratives and pulling the reader into their stories. Recorded 8.9.2018

Saturday 8 September 2018
Self in the Story: Caroline Baum talks to Jessie Cole and Robert Hillman

Self in the Story: Caroline Baum talks to Jessie Cole and Robert Hillman

To what degree is the author present in their fiction or the biographer present in stories of others? Is the self as revealed in memoir any truer than the self that emerges in other genres? Jessie Cole and Robert Hillman get introspective with Caroline Baum about the ways they appear in their writing. Recorded 8.9.2018

Friday 7 September 2018
Stranger than Fiction:Tony Wright talks to  Chris Hammer

Stranger than Fiction:Tony Wright talks to Chris Hammer

Senior journalists Tony Wright and Chris Hammer tease at the threads between fact and fiction as they discuss Chris’s first novel Scrublands. Recorded 7.9.2018

Thursday 6 September 2018
Languages of Immortality: Ruth Davys, Pettina Love, Geoff Anderson and Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann

Languages of Immortality: Ruth Davys, Pettina Love, Geoff Anderson and Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann

Wiradjuri language experts and advocates Ruth Davys, Dr Pettina Love, Geoff Anderson and Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann speak with Sally Warhaft about the significance of language preservation and the impact of language decline on identity and shared cultural knowledge. Presented by the Murray Art Museum Albury. Recorded 6.9.2018

2017

Saturday 16 September 2017
Everyday Violence: Jason Steger talks to Nicole Hayes, Michael Sala and Emily Maguire

Everyday Violence: Jason Steger talks to Nicole Hayes, Michael Sala and Emily Maguire

Jason Steger talks to Emily Maguire, Michael Sala and Nicole Hayes about the prevalence of violence in everyday life as depicted in their novels, and the importance of language in shifting narratives and assumptions. Recorded 16.9.2017

Thursday 14 September 2017
Black Seeds: Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch in conversation

Black Seeds: Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch in conversation

Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch discuss the recovery and regeneration of Indigenous knowledges and the necessity for Aboriginal beliefs and practices to be valued and reflected in our modern age. Recorded 14.9.2017

Wednesday 13 September 2017
Breaking the Mould: Angela Pippos in conversation with Gaye Pattison

Breaking the Mould: Angela Pippos in conversation with Gaye Pattison

ABC Radio's Gaye Pattison talks to Angela Pippos about her new book, Breaking The Mould – Taking A Hammer To Sexism In Sport. Recorded 13.9.2017

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