Books, reading & writing
Working with Words: Sheila Ngoc Pham
We spoke with writer and radio-maker Sheila Ngoc Pham about crying over Philip Pullman, gravitating to documentary and writing complex family histories.
The Leap Year
20 Hana Assafiri on nourishment
Hana Assafiri is the owner of the Moroccan Soup Bar, a Melbourne dining and community institution, employing vulnerable women workers. In this episode, she talks with Sally about the creative ways she and her colleagues connected, supported and nourished each other during lockdown – and how the pandemic has shifted her understanding of community and hospitality.
Love is Strong as Death: Poems spoken and sung by Paul Kelly
Introducing Love is Strong as Death: Poems spoken and sung by Paul Kelly, a special series of intimate performances.
The Wheeler Centre
Broadly Speaking: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch
Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch
‘When a language dies, so much more than words are lost,’ the botanist and writer Robin Wall Kimmerer has said. ‘Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else.’
In our Broadly Speaking talk on translation and language, we bring together two First Nations writers whose work reflects on Indigenous languages and the languages of the natural world.
Kimmerer is a professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She’s also the author of the remarkable bestselling essay collection, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.
In this podcast, she speaks with acclaimed Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch, whose Miles Franklin-winning novel, The Yield, is about traditional language and the stories that words contain. Join them as they discuss how living organisms and living languages can connect us to the past and enrich our collective future.
The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.
We had a few technical problems while trying to record this conversation as an event, scheduled for Tuesday 27 October at 6.15pm – so we rescheduled the discussion to take place exclusively in podcast form.
The Leap Year
19 Alison Anderson on remote NT communities
The public health response to Covid-19 in remote Indigenous communities has been a remarkable success story of the pandemic in Australia. In this episode, Sally speaks with the former Northern Territory politician Alison Anderson, about how communities, health services and all levels of government worked together to keep Covid-19 out.
The Leap Year
18 Veronica Haccou on border towns
When the New South Wales-Victoria border opened up on Monday, Veronica Haccou was among those who felt great relief. Veronica lives in Albury, New South Wales, and works in Wodonga, Victoria. She'd been navigating daily border checkpoints since July, just to go to work. In this episode, she talks with Sally about the stark, surreal contrast between the two border towns during Victoria's second lockdown and about the widespread exhaustion in a community that has lived through devastating bushfires and a pandemic in a single year.
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Oxford Dictionary Finally Gets Into Sexting
The 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has been hauled into the 20th century, with a number of first-time additions to the dictionary reflecting the rise and rise of online culture. New words include cyberbullying, denialist, jeggings, mankini, retweet, sexting and woot (informal [especially in electronic communication] used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph). Some…
Costly Proofing Oversights
Our symphonies to Penguin Australia, who have had to pulp a cookbook because of a proofing oversight let a racially offensive term make it into print. The pulping of 7000 unsold copies of The Pasta Bible will cost the company about $20,000, according to the company’s head of publishing, Robert Sessions, who was quoted as being mystified that anyone could take offense to what…
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