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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

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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

    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
    Coming of Age

    Coming of Age

    In this episode we look at the by turns painful, joyous, creative, and generally angsty time of transition as we become our older selves (something that never really stops evolving, as Virginia Wolf wrote- “A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living” and we ask what role books and art play in our becoming us. 
    Taking Maria Popover’s Brain Pickings (and associated books such as Figuring, and A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader) as our book seeds, we talk to guests Rochi Zalani, Declan Miller, and Leanne Hall and feature music by Ballarat electronic artist FLOC. Voice messages on favourite Coming of Age novels are from Jenny, Ruth, Erin and Sian.
    Our indie book feature is the recent collaboration between the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Stick Mob and Gestalt Publishing, who launched three new graphic novels during NAIDOC Week this year in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
      
    Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced in Ballarat on traditional Wadawurrung land. Kind thanks to Creative Victoria for funding assistance.
    Find @minervasbooksandideas and @amytinderbox on social media
     
     Book seeds: 
    Maria Popover’s Brain Pickings
    https://www.brainpickings.org/
    A Velocity of Being
    https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/01/03/a-velocity-of-being-rebecca-solnit/
     
    The Getting of Wisdom, Henry Handel Richardson

    https://lithub.com/leanne-hall-examines-her-problematic-childhood-fave/


    Guests featured:
    Rochi Zalani, writer and content creator
    https://rochizalani.com/
    Declan Miller, graphic novelist and Stick Mob Design Studio
    https://www.stickmobstudio.com.au/
    Leanne Hall, writer and guest artist for Things Found in Books
    https://www.thelongblinks.com/
      
    Music featured: 
    FLOC 
    https://soundcloud.com/floc-music

    Minerva's Idea, Ellen Sorensen
    https://shadowfeet.bandcamp.com/
    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio   
    Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall
     
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    Other things to check out 
    Maria popover talk-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyOxrLnPLeA&t=250s&ab_channel=JCCSF
    Graphic novel launch-
    https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/news-events/making-history-launching-three-new-graphic-novels-by-four-indigenous-creators
    Floc story in the Ballarat Times News
    https://timesnewsgroup.com.au/ballarat/news/floc-breaks-artistic-boundaries/
    My Brilliant Career theatrical adaptation-
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/357415465662290
    Rochi’s recommendation- Indian writer Rega Jha 
    https://regajha.com/bio/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Fairy Tales Continued

    Fairy Tales Continued

    In Part 2 of this episode enjoy chats, tunes, and tales as we explore the Fairy Park, artworks and PhD projects that work with fairy tales, and our kids writing competition themed Change the Story, Change the World, remixing fairy tales. Wander themes of magic and transformation, women’s agency, self-understanding, greater diversity of representation and the rich world of storytelling. Featuring the music of Tom McGowan (Button Jar Canyon) and a specially created song by Tom and daughter Freya.
     
    Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced in Ballarat on traditional Wadawurrung land.
     
     Book seeds:
    The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley published 2019 by Affirm Press
    https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/the-bee-and-the-orange-tree/
    There Was Once, the Collected Fairy Tales by Deborak Klein, published 2009 by Moth Woman Press
    http://www.deborahklein.net/Books.htm
    Guests featured:
    Lucy Taylor- my 6 year old guide at the Fairy Park
    Ellen Sorensen, Ballarat artist and musician 
    https://www.artsatlas.com.au/ellen-sorensen/
    Sarah Hart, Ballarat artist and writer
    https://www.facebook.com/sarahharthuffin/
    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio   
    Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall


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    • 56 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
    Travel with books, music and ideas

    Travel with books, music and ideas

    In this episode we explore the ways in which we can travel with books, music, and ideas when we might not be able to journey physically. We look at Hugh Kenner’s concept of the elsewhere community, ideas of sonic postcards and the sense of home. Amy discusses her thwarted travel plans of 2020 to Ireland and Greece and her Macedonian family heritage. Featured interview is with London based musician and sound artist Belle Chen, and the Things Found in Books creative response is a wild radio play set on a library cruise ship with Ballarat’s Sophie Livitsanis. Sarah Comyn also talks about her favourite bookish spots in Dublin.
    Book seeds:
    Hugh Kenner. The Elsewhere Community: A grand tour of the world and the mind. Published 1998 by Allen & Unwin
    William Hugh Kenner (1923–2003) was a Canadian literary scholar, critic and professor. He published widely on Modernist literature with particular emphasis on James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Samuel Beckett.
    We hear a snippet of Hugh Kenner from CBC Radio, listen to more here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/radioideas/the-1997-cbc-massey-lectures-the-elsewhere-community-1.2946858
    Anne Yelland. The Atlas of Dream Places: A grand tour of the world’s best loved destinations. Published 1995 by Cardigan St
    The Atlas of Literature, edited by Malcolm Bradbury. Published 1996 by De Agostini Editions, and writers that have inspired dreams of writing and travel- James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Sappho, Charmian Clift, & Patrick Leigh Fermor. 
     Other books mentioned:
    Rebecca Solnit. Recollections of my non-existence. Published in 2020 by Viking
     & if you’re looking for personalised Greek tours with my old friend Chriss-
    https://www.facebook.com/AthensSecrets.PrivateGuide/
     Guests featured:
    Amy’s aunty and uncle- Freda/Aphrodite and John Tsilemanis
    If you want more you can listen to them talk about their wedding day here-
    https://www.instagram.com/tv/CHY1m4qgQFS/
     Researcher and lecturer Sarah Comyn at University College Dublin
    https://people.ucd.ie/sarah.comyn
    See more about the bookish places she loves in Dublin- the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)
    https://moli.ie/ and the Forty Foot James Joyce swimming spot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Foot
     London based musician and sound artist Belle Chen- Find Belle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. https://www.bellechen.com/ With Belle’s online sessions during lockdown in 2020 and 2021 she invites her community into her process and also to contribute sounds and be part of her music-making.
    Ballarat based artist and performer Sophie Livitsanis 

    Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio        
    Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall
    https://www.tiffanytitshall.com/

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

    Find @minervasbooksandideas and @amytinderbox on social media


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    • 42 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/
     
    Find @minervasbooksandideas and @amytinderbox on social media
     
    MORE INFO & SUPPORT THE SHOW-  https://minervasbooks.com/gather-podcast/

    • 42 min

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