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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Kokomo is a stunning debut novel from the winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.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.
‘When I was writing it I had this thought of like, is anyone going to be able to empathise with what it's like to be stuck in your house for a long time? And now, we all know what that feels like, so I feel like Elaine is sort of relatable in some ways because she's inside (that's the mother character, Elaine), but also in other ways she wants to stay inside, whereas we're all just like, "Oh my God, I need to get out of this house". So I think people will empathise with her, but also find her a bit infuriating, maybe.’
Kokomo is out now through Hachette.Transcript
Download a PDF transcript of this episode here.
Working with Words: Libby Butler
We spoke with Melbourne-based screenwriter Libby Butler about Beaches, bolognaise and The Babysitters Club.
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Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat
Marlee Silva, left, and Briggs
Adam Briggs – better known simply as Briggs – is a Yorta Yorta rapper, record label owner, comedy writer and actor. He’s part of the ARIA-winning hip hop duo A.B. Original, and outside of music, he’s appeared regularly in ABC TV shows (Black Comedy, Cleverman, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering). Recently, he’s been a writer for Matt Groening’s animated Netflix series, Disenchantment.
Now, Briggs adds children’s book author to his CV. Adapted from his song, ‘The Children Came Back’ – with illustrators Kate Moon and Rachael Sarra – Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a beautiful picture book that celebrates Indigenous resilience, honours legends past and present, and salutes emerging generations of the oldest continuous culture on earth.
'You weren’t that yesterday; you’re this today. What could you be tomorrow?'Briggs
In conversation with writer, podcaster and Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva, Briggs talks about 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.
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Table Read: Death in Brunswick
Before Muriel’s Wedding, He Died with a Falafel in his Hand and The Castle lit up Australian screens, there was the 1990s comedy classic Death in Brunswick, best remembered for its iconic grave-digging scene.
That scene is among the most famous in Australian cinema. It’s a sequence of dark absurdity that captures not just a moment and a…
Welcome to our 2020 Signal Boost participants
Today, we're excited to announce five Signal Boost programme participants for 2020, who'll each take part in a six month scheme designed to elevate their skills in creative audio storytelling.
Off the Page: Writers on Screen
Off the page and onto the screen, Hollywood conjures the imagination into being … or at least, another form of imagining. This collection highlights discussions with international guests whose work engages with the screen – writing, acting, or adapting – exploring what motivates us to craft and consume stories.
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