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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.

    Jessica Mehta talks with novelist and poet Nina Murray

    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

    • 38 min
    Jenny Blackford on The Girl in the Mirror

    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

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/dutiesofacat

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennyblackford

    Macleans booksellers is carrying The Girl in the Mirror. You can find them online here: https://www.macleansbooks.com.au

    • 29 min
    Interview with Sarah Myles

    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 min
    Peter Valentine on World heritage Sites of Australia

    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 min
    Eliana Gray on Eager to Break

    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 min
    Interview with Richard James Allen

    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 min

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