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Audio adventures exploring the lives of books, and the ideas they ignite and illuminate. Each episode is themed and unfurls from a book or books, and features the work of artists, writers, musicians and thinkers. Hosted by Amy Tsilemanis of Tinderbox Radio

GATHER with Minerva's Books & Ideas Amy Tsilemanis

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Audio adventures exploring the lives of books, and the ideas they ignite and illuminate. Each episode is themed and unfurls from a book or books, and features the work of artists, writers, musicians and thinkers. Hosted by Amy Tsilemanis of Tinderbox Radio

    Collecting

    Collecting

    In this episode (the final of season 1!)  we explore what we collect, why we collect- and cover the weird, wonderful and also some of the darker implications of collecting as we chat with Alice Procter about her Uncomfortable Art Tours, and her recent book The Whole Picture, subtitled ‘The colonial story of art in our museums and why we need to talk about it.’  

    Our guest artist for Things Found in Books is audio maker and broadcaster Jess Fairfax and we venture over to California for our indie book feature with Natalie Jones and her bookshop The Modern First to chat about her life in rare bookselling and book collecting.
    We have check ins with the Gather team and our collecting practices! Dav Byrne, audio extraordinaire tells us about his predilection for mystery books- not like Agatha Christie but you know those Mysteries of the World uncovered! And we travel to designer Tiffany Titshall’s property in Majorca, where she lives in an old schoolhouse and has recently created her own library in one of the old rooms, and I tell you a bit about my collection of 20th century women’s poetry published by small presses in Melbourne and read some poems.

    Book seeds:
    The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in our Museums and Why we Need to Talk About It by Alice Procter, published 2020 by Hachette.

    Amy’s collection of 20th century Australian women’s poetry, including Tilly Aston’s The Inner Garden published in 1940 by The Hawthorn Press, Ruby Sykes Lyon’s Stray Sunbeams published 1926 by W.A. Hamer at 21 Jones Lane, off Lonsdale St, A Housewife’s Poems by Ellie Pearson published by S. John Bacon at 317 Collins St, and Linda Brumby’s Interlude printed at Morning Star Press, no date.

    Guests Featured: 
    Alice Procter, art historian, writer, tour guide/founder of Uncomfortable Art Tours 
    https://www.theexhibitionist.org/ and see her ‘uncomfortable library’ here for more resources  
    Jess Fairfax, Guest artist for Things Found in Books with her soundscape Marginalia
     https://www.jessfairfax.com
    Tiffany Titshall, Gather designer and artist 
    https://www.tiffanytitshall.com/
     Dav Byrne, Gather audio engineer and all round audio legend
     
    Indie Book Feature: Bookseller and collector Natalie Jones at The Modern First
    https://www.themodernfirst.com/
     
    Music Featured:
    Minerva’s Idea by Ellen Sorensen/ Shadow Feet

    Untitled by Floc 
    Home from Afar by Belle Chen
    The Passengers Asleep  by Button Jar Canyon
     
    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio   https://www.facebook.com/iridiumaudio
    Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Adaptation

    Adaptation

    Here we explore the theme of adapting across languages and senses, adapting to circumstance, adapting books into theatre and poetry into music. We also ask how this podcast itself can adapt to be more accessible and feature our first video interview in both English and Auslan (access here) with Deaf filmmaker Ramas McRae.
    We hear a reading by Fiona Murphy from her wonderful book The Shape of Sound, talk theatrical adaptation with Christine Davey and hear about her adaptation of My Brilliant Career, and feature a chat and new work by guest artist musician Gelareh Pour for the segment Things Found in Books. There is even a snippet from a song by Amy and Julian from a way-back stage adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
    For our indie book feature we visit Brad and Jodie at Ballarat’s The Independent Bookstore and hear how they help adapt writers ideas into fully published products for sale in their beautiful shop.
    Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced on traditional Wadawurrung land, and to Creative Victoria for vital funding support. 

    Please note that transcripts for all episodes will be available this December
    Book seeds
    The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy, published 2021 by Text Publishing
    https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/the-shape-of-sound
    Drawing Sybylla, by Odette Keleda, published 2017 by University of Western Australia Press
    https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/drawing-sybylla
    The Rumi Prescription by Melody Moezzi published 2021 by Penguin Random House
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586373/the-rumi-prescription-by-melody-moezzi/
     Guests featured
    Ramas McCrae, Auslan consultant with Hands to Communicate, filmmaker and lecturer and part of the team behind Flow Festival, a vibrant and unique festival of Deaf Arts by the Australian Deaf Community from 18th to 21st September 2021 online. Check out the artists here- https://www.flowfestivalaustralia.com/

    Watch our interview for this episode here with Auslan, English and captions
    And Ramas' La Trobe University Auslan Instagram Account https://www.instagram.com/latrobeuni_auslan/?hl=en
    Christine Davey, theatre maker, screen writer and Creative Director of  Skin of our Teeth Productions, Geelong
    http://skinofourteeth.com/
     Gelareh Pour, guest artist, Iranian born Persian Kamancheh and Qeychak player, singer, songwriter and Choir director.
    https://www.gelarehpour.com/
    Indie book feature:
    The Independent Bookstore and Shawline Publishing 
    https://indiebookstores.com.au/
     Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio   https://www.facebook.com/iridiumaudio
    Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall

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    • 53 min
    Songlines, Myth & Fairytales

    Songlines, Myth & Fairytales

    In this episode we look at how different kinds of sound and storytelling can transmit knowledge and emotions, and also how we can raise new voices, change narratives, and maybe even change the world. This episode is dedicated to all fighting for respect, peace and justice. 
    We hear from Indigenous curator and author Margo Neale about Songlines (also known as dreaming tracks) via the exhibition and the book, and the concept of the third archive; bringing together Indigenous and Western knowledge systems and practices. We honour things not found in books and feature the soundscape Place-we-be created by musician and educator Deb Clark Lowah, for Ballarat’s 2021 Survival day Dawn Service, and hear from artist and writer Sarah Hart on the power of reimagined fairy tales from a feminist perspective.
    Our indie book feature is with Redrock Books & Gallery in Horsham Victoria

    Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced on traditional Wadawurrung land.

    Book seeds:
    Margo Neale & Lynne Kelly. Songlines: The Power and Promise. Published 2020 by Thames & Hudson Australia (Book One in the First Knowledges series edited by Margo Neale aimed to “give readers an in-depth understanding of Indigenous expertise in six areas: Songlines;  architecture; engineering and design; land management and future farms; healing, medicine and plants; astronomy; and innovation and technology. 
     https://thamesandhudson.com.au/product/songlines-the-power-and-promise/


    Guests featured:
    Margo Neale, Senior Research Fellow, Senior Curator and Principal Indigenous Advisor to the Director at the National Museum of Australia.
    https://www.nma.gov.au/explore/research/indigenous-knowledges
     Lynne Kelly, Writer and researcher 
     https://www.lynnekelly.com.au/
     Deb Clark Lowah, Ballarat musician and educator
     https://www.facebook.com/deborahNmusic/
    Place-we-be soundscape created by deborahN with Dave Clark, Sarah Jane Hall, Bonnie Chew and Tony Lovett. With guidance and sharing of knowledge from Wadawurrung leaders Tammy Gilson and Bonnie Chew. 
     https://soundcloud.com/deb-lowah/place-we-be-ext-version
     Sarah Hart, Ballarat artist and writer
    https://www.facebook.com/sarahharthuffin/
    Indie book feature:
    Redrock Books & Gallery in Horsham Victoria
    https://www.redrockbooksngallery.com.au/


    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio   

    Minerva's Idea   by Ellen Sorensen
    Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall

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    • 47 min
    Booksellers & Storytellers Part Two

    Booksellers & Storytellers Part Two

    Here we check in with Readings Books in Melbourne and look to 20th and 21st century booksellers in Ballarat exploring Ewin’s Booksellers and the newest bookshop in town, Sothis Books and Sartorial for our regular indie book feature. We also enjoy our very first creative piece for the segment Things Found in Books from Ballarat storyteller extraordinaire Erin McCuskey. Our book seeds here are somewhat tangential but are the little teeny stickers of sorts that you might find in the inner front cover of an old book- known as booksellers tickets or labels.

    Podcast set up and first episode is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, and administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
    Guests featured: 
     
    Chris Gordon, Readings Books events coordinator- https://www.readings.com.au/profile/chris-gordon#
     
    Rex Hardware and H-Squared Studios- https://h2studios.net/
    Check out one of his current archiving projects- https://www.facebook.com/Lost-in-16mm-103572418261614
     
    Erin McCuskey aka Madame Yum of Yum Studio, artist, writer and filmmaker- 
    https://www.instagram.com/madameyum
     
    Alex Zety, of the former Pot of Gold Books and Collectibles
     
    Christine Crawshaw, Sothis Books & Sartorial- https://www.facebook.com/sothisbooksballarat/
     
    Music featured:
     
    Ellen Sorensen- Minerva’s Idea original composition for Gather-
    http://shadowfeet.bandcamp.com
     
    Carlo Onzo Trio Live Recording by Rex Hardware at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute February 2020-12-01 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6CoQtNf7JIUHw8uaKWkHw?feature=emb_ch_name_ex
     
    Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble Prologue-
    https://www.adamsimmons.com/bands/adam-simmons-creative-music-ensemble/
      
    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio       
     
    Podcast logo: Tiffany Titshall
    https://www.tiffanytitshall.com/
     
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    • 42 min
    Booksellers & Storytellers Part One: E.W Cole and Coles Book Arcade

    Booksellers & Storytellers Part One: E.W Cole and Coles Book Arcade

    Here we explore the wonderful world of bookseller and storyteller E.W Cole, a man both ahead of his times, and of them, and his amazing Book Arcade- opened on Melbourne Cup Day in 1883. But we’ll also explore the books and creative works inspired by the arcade, its publications and its message of equality, literacy, and fun.

    Podcast set up and first episode is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, and administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
     Guests featured: 
    Lisa Lang- author of E.W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow and the novel Utopian Man
    https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/literary-fiction/Utopian-Man-Lisa-Lang-9781742373348
     
    Richard Broinowski- author of Under the Rainbow: the life and times of E.W Cole 
    https://www.mup.com.au/books/under-the-rainbow-hardback
     
    Hilary Bell and Philip Johnston, creators of the yet to be staged musical Do Good and You Will be Happy, based on Coles Funny Picture Book. 
    https://phillipjohnston.com/do-good-and-you-will-be-happy/
     
    Mike Brady and the 2013 Coles Funny Picture Book-
    https://thegentsaustralia.com/blogs/stories/72179971-curating-cole


    Music featured:
     
    Ellen Sorensen- Minerva’s Idea original composition for Gather-
    http://shadowfeet.bandcamp.com
     
    Coles Book Arcade song as published in Coles Funny Picture Book, sung by Sharon Turley with music by Ellen Sorensen
     
    Coles Books Arcade symphonium c/o the Melbourne Museum- https://collections.museumsvictoria.com.au/items/288339
     
    Philip Johnston-
    https://phillipjohnston.bandcamp.com/track/diggin-bones-2

    & music from the yet to be staged musical Do Good and You Will be Happy C/O Philip Johnston and Hilary Bell
     
    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio       
     
    Podcast logo: Tiffany Titshall
    https://www.tiffanytitshall.com/


    Find @minervasbooksandideas and @amytinderbox on social media
     
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    • 44 min
    Gather Podcast Trailer

    Gather Podcast Trailer

    Gather round and get a taste of this new bookish wonderland from Amy Tsilemanis and Minerva's Books & Ideas, exploring the lives of books and the ideas they ignite and illuminate.
    Dreamt up and produced in Ballarat, Australia on Wadawurrung Country

    Each episode will be woven around a theme, using a particular book or books as the seed- we’ll roam through the world of booksellers, travel, fairytales, coming of age, the weird and wonderful world of collectors, the sea, the sky, wherever the ideas take us, and enjoy the work of musicians, writers, and more. Come along for the ride. Episode One- booksellers and storytellers will be out in December 2020 in 2 parts- an extravaganza of book loving and creativity, a little audio gift to end a crazy year.  
    Podcast set up and first episode is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, and administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

    Subscribe now! and #gatherwithminervas 

    @minervasbooksandideas
    https://minervasbooks.com/gather-podcast/

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

SkyeBlue452 ,

An all time favourite!

I love this podcast!!!! Each episode has sparked my imagination, inspired my creativity, brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face! Thank you!

Libby G Bayside ,

Perfect listening to walk to and wonder

Absolutely loved the recent songlines ep! I walked the narrm shoreline while hearing soundscapes and story and thought about all the knowledges under my feet with each step. Keep gathering xx

rosiedawn ,

Like opening a box of chocolates

This podcast draws you in to another world. The beautiful content and the polished production gently guide you in to a place of wonder as you see the world through other’s eyes. Beautiful!

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