Tex Perkins and Mark Holden – holiday listening!

Episode thirteen: Tex Perkins – ‘Tex’ , and Mark Holden- ‘My Idol Years’


To day we hear from Tex Perkins  reading, under slight duress on a hot day at a Byron Writers Festival, from his book entitled simply ‘Tex’, in which he reveals he  was never dismayed that he wasn’t taken seriously as a musician, he never wanted to be serious as a musician – and Mark Holden  reads from ‘ My Idol Years’  about one of the highlights of his career, singing with the Temptations.

Featured music tracks : ‘How Good is Life’  & ‘One step ahead of the Blues ‘ by  Tex, Don and Charlie .

Recorded at the Byron writers Festival 2017

Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase

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Some kids just love to read and can be found  with their nose in a book or glued to a screen e-reading any time of the day, but for some the magic of entering those other  imaginary worlds eludes them. Reading is an important skill and some parents despair that their children just don’t seem interested but maybe  they just haven’t found that one book that is the key . Our three authors today all write for that tricky  age of ‘7-12 years

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Holiday Romance in the Australian outback ( and top end, and ocean!)

Edition twelve: Penelope Janu -‘ In at the Deep End’,  Kendall Talbot  – Lost in Kakadu’, and  Susan Lattwein – ‘Arafura- Blood, the Wet and Tears ‘




Well here is some holiday listening! Three Adult romance authors with a love of the outback and the top end and the deep sea!

Featured music track:’Nullabor Song’ by Kasey Chambers

Recorded at the A.R.R. A conference , Melbourne 2017.

Catherine Evans and Kelly Hunter – a bit of romance in the bush!

Edition  eleven :  Catherine Evans – ‘The Healing Season’ and Kelly Hunter –‘Wish’


Today we hear from two authors who are classed as Romance authors but this genre is now so expanded that under books published by romance imprints along with the usual  love stories you will find, crime, fantasy, science fiction, historical and in the case of Catherine Evans  and her book ‘ The Healing Season’ – scientist  romance! In Kelly Hunters novel ‘Wish’ we have a classic ‘ searching for a new life’ saga – but charmingly and satisfyingly told as a young mother struggles to start again.

Featured music track:‘The day that I lost You’ – Suzannah Espie;  “ Back to the Sun” -Ange Takats

Recorded at the A.R.R. A conference , Melbourne 2017.

Tracey Spicer , Mary-Lou Stephens, and Suzanne Leal

Edition Ten :Tracey Spicer  – ‘The Good Girl Stripped Bare ‘; Mary-Lou Stephens –‘ Sex,Drugs and Meditation’ and Suzanne Leal – ‘The Teacher’s Secret’


Well this week’s edition is certainly topical! Here is Tracey Spicer with her explosive expose of the misogyny in the media industry ( who’d have thought?!) and Mary-Lou Stephens tells all about  being bullied at the ABC and Suzanne Leal weighs in with a fictional novel of life in the education department.

Featured music tracks:‘Change’ –Jodi Martin; ‘Some say I got Devil ‘ –Inge Liljestrom

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2017, Byron writers Festival 2015, Sydney Writers Festival 2017

Tex Perkins and Mark Holden

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Two great musical memoirs from Tex Perkins in ‘Tex’ and Mark Holden in ‘My Idol Years’. Language warning on the Tex Perkins one as he recounts his early years performing around Sydney.

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