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Luc Sante: ‘The Other Paris’

Episode twenty-three: Luc Sante ‘The Other Paris’


This is lovely treat  – Author Luc Sante takes us on a walk through the Paris of the nineteenth century, a very different place to now.  The fields outside the ‘wall’ he  mentions are now where the motorway known as the Peripherique encircles the city, and thousands of people live there.Luc’s sonorous delivery makes this a very meditative aural experience, Ken Naughton’s discreet piano fills in spaces.

Australian duo ‘Bebe et Lulu’ gives the end a french flair.

Music Tracks:Ken Naughton , – Variations – Baby et Lulu- ‘Paris’ and ‘Paris se regarde’

Luc Sante was recorded at the Sydney writers Festival 2016.

You can buy this book by clicking on the cover.


Nick Earls and friends read from ‘Wisdom Tree’.

Episode twenty-one: Nick earls and Friends read from “Wisdom Tree’



‘Wisdom Tree’ is a series of 5 novellas entitled : Gotham, Venice, Vancouver, Juneau, Noho by prolific author Nick Earls.

The actual books are half size of a normal paperback and fit in your back pocket or purse for a quick read at any moment. The five stories are linked but in subtle ways so each novella stands on its own. Nick has asked several other author friends  -Abdel Jasmin-Mageid, Matt Conlon, Liam Piper, Ashley Hay  –  to read from his works and he  also reads himself. In the interview he explains a little about each novella and why he chose that particular author to read from  it . No music track in this podcast.


 Nick Earls,Abdel Jasmin-Mageid, Matt Conlon, Liam Piper, Ashley Hay were recorded at the Byron writers Festival 2016.

Libby Hathorn and TM Clark


‘Eventual Poppy Day’ by Libby Hathorn, is based around letters a young man sent home from the warfront in WW1, and ‘A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy’ is a children’s picture book story about a  young man adopting a homeless dog he befriended in the warzone. Both tales are based on true stories Libby read or researched  from actual wartime reporting.


TM Clarke grew up in St Africa and is now an Australian citizen, and her story  ‘Tears of the Cheetah, is an adult fictional novel,  of the struggle to prevent the decimation  of native species in africa , and of the violent conflicts that ensue  when poachers see their livelihoods threatened.

Check out this episode!

This week on Narratives National – Richard Roxburgh and Tristan Bancks

Something for all you big ( and little ) kids out there…..


Richard Roxburgh reads from  ‘Artie and the Grime Wave’


Tristan Bancks reads from  ‘My Life and other stuff I made up  ‘

Two actors write funny books for kids and act out all the parts in their read!

You can hear this podcast here!


Narratives National Edition will be broadcast on Bay FM  99.9 on Wednesdays at 11am-12pm with Michael Schubert of Soundminds from November..

Already every week  heard  on the Community Radio Network on Mondays at 7 pm and Thursdays at 10pm.

Also available on the Narratives Library website ( works on desktop, mobile and tablet)

And coming along … the GOOGLE App so you can listen to entertaining stories and interviews from authors wherever you are and whatever you listen on.

(Well you can already but somehow those little apps just make it easier!)

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A.C Grayling – The Age of Genius

If you missed eminent historian, philosopher and academic A. C Grayling speaking in Byron Bay this week because of the incredible drama of the elements- here is a good taste of what you would have  heard.

This interview  and read was conducted on Arts Canvass Bay FM 99.9  this week.

A.C Grayling interview March 31 2017 Byron Bay


And here Professor Grayling reads an extract for us from his latest book.

The Age of Genius read by the author A.C Grayling



The Narratives Library has now been online for a year and has grown from an initial 600 hits per month to now an average of over 40,000 hits and over 30,000 files read each month!

We look forward to expanding the content and genres and the reach of the library with a Narratives National – a half hour national broadcast  every week sometime in the future.

Stay tuned and keep dropping by to read more and more great story extracts, straight from the authors’ mouth!






Hebe De Souza – reading this Friday at Heritage House, Bangalow


Author Hebe de Souza will  be talking about her her fascinating novel ‘ Black British’ on Friday October 28th at 5.30 pm at Heritage House in Bangalow. It’s a catered event so you have to book through Bookworms and Paper mites in Bangalow on 66871396.  A big thank-you to Caroline at the bookshop for giving us a copy of the book to giveaway on air today to a lucky Bay FM subscriber!

Click on the book cover to hear Hebe read for Narratives.


New on The Narratives Library !

Here a more authors reading for you  for you to enjoy.

Each week there will be new entries. Go over and listen!

Sarah de Vos cover

Dominic Smith – The Last Painting of Sarah De Vos.

The connecting thread in this book   is a beautiful painting  – first we hear Dominic read  a description of this work and its provenance, and then we hear from the contemporary owner of the  work who has discovered it was removed and a fake substituted without his knowing.


The Wild Girl

Kate Forsyth – The Wild Girl

The  Wild Girl  is based on the true story of the Brother’s Grimm and their relationship with a young woman called   Dortchen Wild. Dortchen and Wilhelm Grimm are in love but have been prevented from marriage by her father. This is an extra long read of 11 minutes as Kate wanted to give us a whole chapter.


Bob Brown – Green Nomads

And a beautiful photographic book with accompanying text by Bob Brown detailing his love of the Australian bush and his travels around the country.

New Authors this week reading for you On Narratives!

Here are the latest uploads of authors reading for 5 minutes from their own works. Click on the   Book Covers to take you to the reading!

The Turner House

Angela Flournoy – The Turner House – Fiction

A ‘Haint’ is a southern term for a ghost or spirit – and in  the house  the Turner family inhabit in Detroit  in Angela Flournoy’s novel ,it is the children who claim to have witnessed this  aggressive materialization.


The Railway Man's Wife

Ashley Hay – The Railway Man’s Wife – Fiction

The Railway man’s wife is set in Thirroul, a coastal mining  town in southern nsw at the end of the second world war. The heroine Ani, struggles to keep her family together after her husband dies in a mining accident.

Black Water

Louise Doughty – Black Water – Thriller

Indonesia in 1965 was a a terrifying time for anyone deemed  a ‘communist’ . Here  the main character of the story, John Harper is being told  how many thousands of innocent villagers  met grisly ends , often by the words  of their own terrified neighbours.


The Women's Pages


Debra Adelaide – The Women’s Pages  – Fiction

Debra Adelaide’s heroine , Dove,  reads Wuthering Heights to her dying mother  in hospital and then becomes obsessed with writing herself.