Episode twenty-six: Libby Hathorn -‘ Eventual Poppy Day’, ‘A Soldier , a dog and a Boy’ and T.M Clarke: ‘Tears of the Cheetah’
Libby Hathorn’s ‘A Soldier, a dog and a boy’ is a picture book for small children about the First World War. ‘Eventual Poppy Day’ is for older readers on the same subject. They are beautifully written stories about a serious subject and with Anzac day coming up in two week s might provide a gentler explanation of just what those old blokes are marching in the street for.
‘Tears of the Cheetah’ is set in South Africa and is a novel about the dangers of running conservation projects in that country. T.M Clark grew up in South Africa and most of her novels are set there as she tries to alert her readers to the complex social and political problems facing the country.
Music track : “ Down the river’ by Starboard Cannons
T. M Clark recorded at the ARRC in Melbourne 2016 and Libby Hathorn at Somerset Literature Festival in 2017