Episode twenty-four: Kim Mahood ‘ Position Doubtful’ ; and Sophie Green – ‘ The Inaugural meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Bookclub’
‘Position doubtful’ is an old surveyors map term used for areas where it is almost impossible to get a landmark for bearing.In her memoir , Kim Mahood uses this term to apply to her memories of the history of a homestead that used to belong to her family and her deep attachment to the land and its indigenous peoples that surround this place. Here she reads from her opening chapter and later in our interview explains what has drawn her to write of this geographical place that is located in her heart and of the personal charts she creates to explain its history. ‘The Fairvale Ladies BookClub’ is also about living in the Australian outback, but Sophie Green’s central character, is newly arrived as a bride from London and struggling to find friends and her feet in a radically different land.
Music tracks: ‘ Periphery’ by Belle Miners
Kim Mahood and Sophie Green were recorded at the Byron Writers Festival.
Episode twenty-two: Nadja Spiegelman “ I’m supposed to protect you from all this”, Jenevieve Chang ‘The Good Girl of Chinatown”
Nadja Spiegelman had a complicated family life, a fact she observed very early on as a small child . Her mother was highly strung and emotional and it made for a fraught relationship. Jenevieve Chang went to teach dance in China and found she was a lot more Australian than she realised, but not exotic enough for her employers.
Music tracks:‘I love you and let you go’ by Gyan; ‘Fire in her Belly’ by Trysette.
Nadja Spiegelman and Jenevieve Chang were recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2017.
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 .
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
Edition eight: David Leser “To Begin to Know – walking in the shadows of my Father”, Nikki Gemmel ” After”.
David Leser reads from his memoir ‘To Begin to Know- in theshadows of my father’, in which he attempts to understand the forces that shaped his father’s childhood and their subsequent relationship. Nikki Gemmel reads from ‘After‘, an astonishing examination of the aftermath of her mother’s suicide. ( This interview and read deals with the subject of assisted dying .)
Featured Music track : “Undertow” by Cye Wood
Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016 and Byron writers Festival 2017 respectively.