About the Narratives Library

Welcome to the Narratives Library Audio Resource

A library is a focal point, a sacred place to a community; and it’s sacredness is it’s accessibility, it’s publicness. It’s everybody’s place. Author :Ursula Le Guin 1997

The Narratives Library has been created around one simple idea, we all love stories. How much more wonderful can it be then to hear  the voice of the person who wrote the story , reading their own words just for you?

This library provides a permanent,  online  resource for community  radio stations, educational institutions,book clubs,  writers and readers – anyone who is interested in books , stories and writing.

Now over 50,000 hits per month!

STOP PRESS! – JANUARY 2018 – 96,784 HITS!

              Over 500,000 hits for 2017!

              Heading for a million in 2018!


Listen to small excerpts from authors reading on many different themes by  clicking  on the tab  that interests you in the top bar or use the box on the right hand side of the page . You can also search for authors by name in the INDEX page.

Once in your chosen category, the authors are listed alphabetically by surname. Scroll down the page to the author that interests you and click on sound bar to hear the author reading from their book.

Something longer? Go to my PODCASTS page and settle in for half an hour – lots more reads and interviews and beautiful music in every edition.


This library will be added to on a regular basis and over time it will contain hundreds of audio samples of authors reading from their own work on particular themes but most will be no longer than 5 minutes.The number of Themes will also  be enlarged as we record more and more authors.

If you are a published author and would like to be included here, please contact us – narrativeslibrary@gmail.com –  so we can make  it happen. If you are already listed here  feel free to use the link to help promote your work.


This is a global platform for your author’s work, and also a link to over 300 community radio stations around the nation. This is a free access site for users whether consumers or producers ( however there is a donation button over on the left there, think of all the work we are doing on behalf of the book industry!)

2018 Narratives recording schedule

This year we hope to be once again at SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL  and also   : BYRON WRITERS FESTIVAL . 

And the Melbourne Writers Festival. The Somerset Festival of Youth Literacy and maybe more!!

We will endeavour to attend as many other  conventions, conferences and literary festivals as we can  to keep adding to our incredible archive of authors reading and talking about their work.

From October 2  ,2017 ,   7.05pm  – NARRATIVES LIBRARY NATIONAL EDITION goes live across the Community Radio Network and every Monday evening thereafter..

Special half hour editions of lots more authors interviews and reads and music! 

Can’t listen in? No problem, just go to our PODCASTS  on this site .Updated every week with the latest edition.



These readings make great spoken word content additions to a wide range of programs for both  Community Radio and Commercial radio. Contact us to learn how we can deliver material ready to go and even make up longer  programs around specific subjects.If you work in Radio and would like to use these reads they all have full clearance. For Narratives National contact the Community Radio Network.


Check our F.A.Q’s for answers to your questions.



This project is brought to you by Karena Wynn-Moylan of Arts Canvass and Bay FM  99.9.

Karena’s two hour weekly program ‘Arts Canvass’ has been on air for nearly  20 years and is consistently in the top 10% of listener-ship for Bay FM 99.9  programs. Her Arts Canvass internet site of interviews with authors has an average 15,000 hits per month.Click on the Arts Canvass   blog  link to listen to author interviews – most authors reading here have been interviewed as well.

Photo by Parissa web

Karena’s writing and producing  credits include  winning the  CBAA Spoken Word Documentary Award in 2014 for her 3 part series ” Memories of Sarajevo” which  was also awarded  the Bronze Award – Social Issues   2015 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs  International Competition.  This series also  received an Honourable Mention for Radio Documentary  2015 International Association of Women in Radio & Television Awards. She is also a Fine Artist, Composer , and Filmmaker.


Karena and author L.A Larkin

Karena and author L.A Larkin,

L.A reads from her thriller ‘Devour’ in Crime..



This project is supported by the Community Broadcasting Foundation of Australia.


authors in their own words