The longlist for the Women's Prize was released on March 8, International Women's Day. This week, Stephanie and Michelle discuss the longlist: the books they've read, the books they want to read, and the snubs.
Women's Prize website: https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/
A special From the Lighthouse presentation: an evening of poetry and song in China! Featuring Toby Davidson, Jane Messer and Hsu-Ming Teo reading their works, with musical accompaniment by Shu-Cheen Yu.
Australian literature today: Toby Davidson
Reading 1: Jane Messer from her novel Hopscotch, a novel set in present-day Sydney
Reading 2: Toby Davidson, poems about Australia from his collection Beast Language
‘Lotus Moon and Willow Spirit Songs’: opera singer Shu-Cheen Yu and novelist Hsu-Ming Teo perform a series of Chinese and Australian songs, and paired Chinese-Australian stories:
1. ‘The Swallow’. Traditional folksong from Xinjiang Autonomous Region
‘Three Swallows’. By Hsu-Ming Teo
2. ‘My Dark-Eyed Acushla’. Music by Horace Keats; words by Paul Furniss
‘Acushla of the goldfields’. By Hsu-Ming Teo
3. ‘Feng Yang Flower Drum Song’. Anhui folk song
‘Big Feet, Doesn’t Sew’. By Hsu-Ming Teo
4. Rivers: ‘The Murray River’ and ‘Untitled’. Ouyang Yu. Read by Shu-Cheen Yuand Toby Davidson
‘Song of the Yangtze River’. By Wang Shu Guang
Do you like spoooooky novels? Tv shows? Movies? Podcasts? Why do we like to be scared, anyway? To celebrate Halloween, Stephanie and Jimmy are joined by Dr Kirstin Mills to discuss werewolves, vampires, mermaids, ghosts, witches, and the delicious thrill of terror.
Between the two of them, Stephanie and Michelle have read the Man Booker Prize shortlist, as well as most of the longlist. This week, Stephanie and Michelle discuss the books that made it through to the shortlist, those that didn't (how did Reservoir 13 not get to the shortlist?), and predict the winner.
The Man Booker Dozen (otherwise known as the longlist) is about to be whittled down to six. On the eve of the shortlist announcement, Stephanie and Michelle discuss the longlisted novels, pick their favourites, and predict the novels that will go through to the shortlist.
Francis Webb is the best Australian poet you've never heard of. At least, that's what Dr Toby Davidson thinks. This week, Stephanie and Michelle discuss Australian poetry, cultural cringe, and Francis Webb's influence on the poets who came after him. This podcast also features recordings of Francis Webb reading his own poetry.
Stephanie and Michelle love going to the Sydney Writers' Festival, and they think you should too. We talk about Macquarie University's involvement in the festival, which runs from May 22 to May 28, their top festival picks, and ponder what Stephanie should wear to the panel she's chairing.