Books, reading & writing
Broadly Speaking: Mieko Kawakami and Fernanda Melchor
'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.’
English-language publishers are increasingly embracing works in translation. What new worlds does this open up for readers? What does feminism gain from more translated women's voices in fiction?
For this conversation, we spoke with two international authors with major works recently published in English. Mieko Kawakami is the author…
Working with Words: Sinéad Stubbins
We caught up with Melbourne-based writer and editor Sinéad Stubbins to talk about cry-laughing, snark and soundtracks for writing.
The Leap Year
6 Dennis Altman on distance
Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to attention in 1972 with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation.
While the coronavirus pandemic is most people’s first experience of having their lives affected by a pandemic, Dennis was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific from 2001-2005, and has been a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. In this episode, he shares his insight on the similarities – and differences – between coronavirus and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the upcoming American election, and the ache of distance.
The Leap Year
5 Dr Neil Cunningham on protecting others
Dr Neil Cunningham is an emergency physician at St Vincent's Hospital, where he oversees 600 junior doctors. Throughout his career, he has witnessed a number of pandemics, including Sars, Swine Flu, and now the Coronavirus.
In this conversation with Sally Warhaft, he describes his duty to protect those around him – his patients, staff and family – in a year like no other.
The Leap Year
4 Robyn Archer on looking forward
Robyn Archer AO is a singer, performer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She was first introduced to the topic of resilience by Dr Brian Walker, who writes, ‘Bouncing back is not resilience – this means nothing has been learned.’
In this interview, Robyn talks to Sally Warhaft about what the arts industry can learn from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The quarantine-cooking crazes of 2020 – from sourdough starters to dalgona coffee and cloud bread – have brought new ingredients, new culinary enthusiasms, new online communities and new foul-smelling catastrophes into our lives.
Even those of us who haven't embraced the trends have been cooking at home more – out of financial necessity, boredom or pure pleasure. How has this…
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