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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.

Compulsive Reader talks Magdalena 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.

    Charles Freyberg on The Crumbling Mansion

    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

    • 33 min
    KA Rees on Come the Bones

    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

    • 37 min
    James Bradley | Author of Clade - on climate fiction

    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/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Beth Spencer in conversation with Kit Kelen

    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)

    • 56 min
    Lillian Avedian on Journey to Tatev

    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

    • 33 min
    Adam Aitken on One Hundred Letters Home

    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

    • 36 min

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