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Each week the Sydney Review of Books publishes criticism and essays by Australia’s best writers – and now we’ve got a podcast to match. It’s about what writers do to make books, essays and poems – and what they do to make a living. Settle in for audio essays, conversations and documentary featuring some of our favourite local writers.

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Each week the Sydney Review of Books publishes criticism and essays by Australia’s best writers – and now we’ve got a podcast to match. It’s about what writers do to make books, essays and poems – and what they do to make a living. Settle in for audio essays, conversations and documentary featuring some of our favourite local writers.

    Blackfulla Bookclub on Fire Front

    Blackfulla Bookclub on Fire Front

    On this episode Teela Reid and Merinda Dutton, the co-founders of Blackfulla Bookclub,

    talk about the online community they’ve built around First Nations storytelling and discuss their experiences of reading Fire Front, an anthology of poetry and essays curated by Alison Whittaker. It’s about seeing, and hearing, and reading the world through powerful First Nations perspectives. Listen up.

     

    * Please note that this episode contains names and references to deceased persons*

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    You can find Blackfulla Bookclub on Instagram @blackfulla_bookclub

    Merinda Dutton is on Twitter and  Instagram @min_dutton

    Teela Reid is on Twitter and Instagram @teelareid

    Fire Front: First Nations poetry And Power Today was curated by Alison Whittaker and published by UQP.

    Visit sydneyreviewofbooks.com/podcast for show notes.

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    Our website is sydneyreviewofbooks.com

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    Find us on Twitter and Instagram @SydReviewBooks

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    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggles for justice are ongoing. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands this digital platform reaches.

    Support the SRB: https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/donate/

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    • 38 min
    Pat Grant on getting The Grot to readers

    Pat Grant on getting The Grot to readers

    In this episode, graphic novelist Pat Grant explains what happened during the seven years it took him to make his second book, The Grot. We’ll also hear about the challenge of getting hard copies of your own book in the midst of a global pandemic.

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    Pat’s website is patgrantart.com where you can order a copy of The Grot.

    You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @patgrantart

     

    Our producer is Allison Chan. Sound design and mixing by Elina Godwin.

     

    Visit sydneyreviewofbooks.com/podcast for show notes.

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    Our website is sydneyreviewofbooks.com

    Sign up to our weekly newsletter

    Find us on Twitter and Instagram @SydReviewBooks

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    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggles for justice are ongoing. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands this digital platform reaches.

    Support the SRB: https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/donate/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    Climbing the Hill – poet Eileen Chong on writing and place

    Climbing the Hill – poet Eileen Chong on writing and place

    This episode of the SRB podcast is an audio essay: ‘Climbing the Hill’ by Eileen Chong. We are fascinated by the ways the places we live shape the poems, books and essays we write. When poet Eileen Chong was invited take up this theme she wrote an essay with roots in three places:  Singapore, where she was born, Sydney, where she now lives, and Scotland, the country her husband is from.

     

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    Read Eileen’s essay ‘Climbing the Hill’ on the SRB website.

    Eileen’s website is eileenchong.com.au

    She’s on Twitter @eileenchongpoet

     

    Our producer is Allison Chan. Sound design and mixing by Elina Godwin.

     

    Visit sydneyreviewofbooks.com/podcast for show notes.

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    Our website is sydneyreviewofbooks.com

    Sign up to our weekly newsletter

    Find us on Twitter and Instagram @SydReviewBooks

    Follow us on Facebook

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    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggles for justice are ongoing. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands this digital platform reaches.

    Support the SRB: https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/donate/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    An Introvert’s Guide To Surviving An Arab Family of Extroverts

    An Introvert’s Guide To Surviving An Arab Family of Extroverts

    ‘It’s not a document that anyone can see or get hold of, rather, it’s the way I’ve broken things down to guide me and my anxiety along. The extroverts are a loud, 25-strong Lebanese clan – all of us living in three houses side-by-side on the same street in Punchbowl, south western Sydney, roaming freely onto each other’s properties, with detached fences and no clear borders.’

     

    In this episode Rawah Arja presents an essay on family life at her home in Punchbowl, Western Sydney.

     

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    Read Rawah’s essay ‘An Introvert’s Guide to Surviving an Arab Family of Extroverts’ on the SRB website.

    Find more of her work at her website: rawaharjaauthor.com

    Follow her on Instagram @rawaharja

     

    Our producer is Allison Chan. Sound design and mixing by Elina Godwin.

     

    Visit sydneyreviewofbooks.com/podcast for show notes.

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    Our website is sydneyreviewofbooks.com

    Sign up to our weekly newsletter

    Find us on Twitter and Instagram @SydReviewBooks

    Follow us on Facebook

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    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggles for justice are ongoing. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands this digital platform reaches.

    Support the SRB: https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/donate/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 15 min
    Award Rate – Andrew Brooks and Laura Elizabeth Woollett on writing, money, work and prizes

    Award Rate – Andrew Brooks and Laura Elizabeth Woollett on writing, money, work and prizes

    In recent years there’s been a trend of writers publicly giving away prize money to charity or sharing it with other shortlisted writers.

    But when novelist Laura Elizabeth Woollett was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, she was working in a call centre. The $80,000 prize would have utterly changed her life and bought her literally years of time to write. 

    We’re suspicious of romantic notions about starving artists here at the SRB. We asked Andrew Brooks to talk to Laura about her essay ‘Award Rate’ and the complex relationship between writing, money, work, and prizes.

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    Read Laura’s Writers at Work essay ‘Award Rate’ on the SRB website

     

    Laura’s website is lauraelizabethwoollett.com
    She’s on Instagram @lauraelizabethwoollett.

     

    Andrew Brooks is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate and part of the Rosa Press collective.

     

    Our producer is Allison Chan. Sound design and mixing by Elina Godwin.

     

    Visit sydneyreviewofbooks.com/podcast for show notes.

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    Our website is sydneyreviewofbooks.com

    Sign up to our weekly newsletter

    Find us on Twitter and Instagram @SydReviewBooks

    Follow us on Facebook

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    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggles for justice are ongoing. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands this digital platform reaches.

    Support the SRB: https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/donate/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Welcome to the Sydney Review of Books Podcast

    Welcome to the Sydney Review of Books Podcast

    Welcome to the Sydney Review of Books podcast, a show about Australian books and writers.

    • 3 min

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