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Subscribe to the Wheeler Centre's podcast to hear full recordings of our talks, featuring the best in books, writing and ideas from Melbourne, Australia.

    Shelf Life: Paul Holdengräber and Susan Orlean on Libraries

    Shelf Life: Paul Holdengräber and Susan Orlean on Libraries

    What do libraries mean to us – as public places and civic institutions? Why do attacks on libraries evoke a special kind of horror? And what do libraries represent in the collective imagination and in literary history? In partnership with State Library Victoria, we brought together two great American thinkers who have spent years of their lives immersed in the world of libraries. Paul Holdengräber was the former curator of conversations at the New York Public Library, and is the founding executive director of the Onassis Foundation LA, a centre for dialogue in Los Angeles which is an outpost of the Onassis headquarters in Athens. Susan Orlean is a bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer whose latest work, The Library Book, combines memoir with an investigation of the unsolved 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire. In an extravagantly nerdy conversation, they discuss the past, present and future of public libraries; why we love them, and why we can’t do without them. Hosted by Kate Torney.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Take Home Reading: Victoria Hannan

    Take Home Reading: Victoria Hannan

    Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Victoria Hannan about her novel, Kokomo. Kokomo is a stunning debut novel from the winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Both tender and fierce, heartbreaking and funny, Kokomo is a story about how secrets and love have the power to bring us together and tear us apart.

    • 19 min
    Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat

    Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat

    In conversation with writer, podcaster and Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva, Yorta Yorta rapper, record label owner, comedy writer and actor Adam Briggs talks about his new book, Our Home, Our Heartbeat – as well as the importance of children seeing themselves in picture books, and the rise of books (like Young Dark Emu and Welcome to Country) that distil complex conversations into accessible formats.

    • 30 min
    Take Home Reading: Erin Hortle

    Take Home Reading: Erin Hortle

    Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Erin Hortle about her novel, The Octopus and I. The Octopus and I is a stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

    • 23 min
    Take Home Reading: Ronnie Scott

    Take Home Reading: Ronnie Scott

    Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Ronnie Scott about his debut novel, The Adversary. The Adversary follows its protagonist from a long Brunswick winter into the sticky heat of one transformative Melbourne summer.

    • 20 min
    Take Home Reading: Laura McPhee-Browne

    Take Home Reading: Laura McPhee-Browne

    Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Laura McPhee-Browne about her debut novel, Cherry Beach. A tender coming-of-age novel, Cherry Beach, introduces a pair of childhood best friends who depart suburban Melbourne to live in Toronto.

    • 18 min

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