Economics, business & marketing
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 do feminism gain from more translated women's voices in fiction?
For this conversation, we'll speak with two international authors with major works recently published in English. Mieko Kawakami is the author…
History shows that people often turn to arts and culture, and to the people who create them, during difficult times. The global pandemic is no exception, with many of us reading more books, watching more movies and listening to more music. At the same time, the arts industries – both artists themselves and people working in the arts – have…
The Wheeler Centre
Take Home Reading: Robbie Arnott
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 Robbie Arnott about his novel The Rain Heron, a lyrical, compelling ecological thriller about our relationship with the natural world. The Rain Heron is equal parts horror and wonder, and utterly gripping.
‘I think all stories are human stories, in a way. I knew [that] I wanted to write a lot about the environment, and I wanted to create these worlds that felt very visceral and tangible while also being quite fantastical… I tried to have all the imaginative elements as things that feel like they fit neatly into these people's lives and into the world they live in. I didn't want to over explain them or make it feel like I was heaping on a bunch of exposition about why there's a bird made out of rain... And I thought, if it's something that characters just accept, then they'll feel more human.’
The Rain Heron is out now through Text Publishing.Transcript
Download a PDF transcript of this episode here.
Working with Words: Shastra Deo
We spoke with poet and author of The Agonist, Shastra Deo, about mecha pilots, conversations in retail and input/output phases of the writing process.
Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris
What's it like to devote your whole working life to language, as a literary translator or as an editor?
In September, we'll be joined from New York by two brilliant bilingual friends, both of whom have shaped the linguistic landscape in distinctive ways. Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris met as young copy editors at the New Yorker magazine. Norris went…
The Fifth Estate
New Economic Futures
Remember March 2020? When Australian borders closed, when we saw the first round of social restrictions? When the disturbing and surreal realities of COVID-19 finally hit home across Australia? March! We were so young.
Back then, Sally Warhaft caught up with George Megalogenis for a Fifth Estate conversation about political leadership during the pandemic, and about its historic and economic…
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