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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.

    Nicola Redhouse on Unlike the Heart

    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/

    • 29 min
    Maria Tumarkin on Axiomatic

    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

    • 42 min
    Sophie Hardcastle on Below Deck

    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/

    • 33 min
    Gillian Swain book launch My skin its own sky

    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

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillian.swain.75

    River Roast Coffee: https://riverroast.com

    • 26 min
    Virtual launch of Morgan Bell's Idiomatic, for the people

    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)

    • 39 min
    Jim Reese on Bone Chalk

    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

    • 29 min

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