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Welcome to the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival Podcast. Each episode presents a live, unscripted session that took place on Festival stages in 2018 and 2019. The lineup includes legendary editor Tina Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight, biographer Jung Chang, Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt, bestselling authors Bernard Cornwell, Madeline Miller, Margo Jefferson and Jeanette Winterson plus the matchless Joyce Carol Oates, and many more. You’ll hear about topics as di ...
 
One arts charity, multiple fantastic Festivals. From world exclusive events with international best-sellers, to launching the careers of debut authors, the HIF Player Podcast brings the literary conversations from Harrogate International Festivals' famous stage to audiences around the world.
 
Welcome to Vignettes, a new audio reading series from the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Our first season is Summer, and it features five episodes of fresh, original work by emerging writers responding to themes drawn from the world of nature. Each episode, we’ll feature emerging writers from all around the continent, working across genres and forms. Stick with us as we bring you a soft, summery vibe with new creative readings! The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most est ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
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On this week's bumper podcast episode, hosted by Jake Kerridge, we’re thrilled to bring you interviews with the fantastic authors: Mel McGrath, and Nadine Matheson.Head over to the podcast page on Harrogate International Festivals website now, to download a free sample chapter of both Nadine Matheson's: The Jigsaw Man, and Mel McGrath's: Two Wrongs…
 
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan is back with an intoxicating new story of love, lust, and the impossibly gilded lives of the elite, that flits from the sun-drenched isle of Capri to the grandeur of the Hamptons. Sex and Vanity is both escapist love story and a witty exploration of Asian-American identity. Join Kwan for a lively discussion on fa…
 
In this propulsive and mesmerising debut, A Burning, a young Muslim woman’s Facebook post lands her in jail on terrorism charges—and the story that follows is a vivid portrait of contemporary India’s social and political complexities. Join author Megha Majumdar for a discussion of power, nationalism, corruption and justice in a work that is both gr…
 
From the 17th edition of International Literature Festival Dublin in May 2015“Gray forces us to face the mirror and see ourselves as we are”James LovelockThe acclaimed philosopher, sceptic and writer makes a welcome return to the festival with his book, The Soul of the Marionette, a characteristically provocative exploration of the nature of human …
 
The Last Migration is a haunting love letter to the natural world, to the wild places and creatures threatened by climate change. It’s also a profoundly observed story of one young woman’s quest to bear witness to the migration of the world’s last remaining flock of Arctic terns. Join author Charlotte McConaghy for an insight into what has been hai…
 
On today’s bumper podcast episode we’re thrilled to bring you two interviews with two fantastic authors: Mel McGrath, and Nadine Matheson, as they sit down with Jake Kerrige to discuss their new books, writing in the pandemic, using real life experience in your writing, flawed sleuths and the fun of writing villains. Head over to the podcast page o…
 
From the 20th edition of International Literature Festival Dublin in May 2018The essay, that brilliantly elastic literary form once described by Zadie Smith as the best way to reflect ‘messy reality’, is making a glorious comeback.Daisy Hildyard’s collection The Second Body is a brilliantly lucid account of the dissolving boundaries between all lif…
 
Casey McQuiston loves stories with big, beating hearts. Her bestselling novel, Red, White & Royal Blue is a delicious, frothy, very queer romantic comedy, and also one of the sharpest books you’ll read all year. The US author sits down with Will Kostakis to talk about why we need escapism, the pure joy of the rom-com, and what it’s like when your d…
 
‘Real feminism (if such a thing can be defined) isn't going to be found in replicating racist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, or classist norms,’ writes Mikki Kendall in Hood Feminism. In this session, author and cultural critic Kendall discusses how mainstream feminism fails to consider how race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect…
 
From the 17th edition of International Literature Festival Dublin in May 2015The prolific writer and journalist Elif Shafak is one of the most significant voices in contemporary fiction. An outspoken campaigner and champion of minority rights, she is not afraid to tackle controversial subjects, from the Armenian genocide in The Bastard of Istanbul,…
 
Want to take back the future? But how can we think about the future right now? What do we need to do – and who do we need to be?For all the big questions in our lives we like to look towards Margaret Heffernan for answers. Do not miss the chance to see the award-winning business psychologist (her TED talks have been viewed by over 7 million people)…
 
Lisa Fuller, a Wuilli Wuilli woman and descendent of Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples, weaves her culture and spirituality into her storytelling. Her new book Ghost Bird is a page-turning thriller about a girl’s search for her missing twin, and was recently named the winner of the Readings YA Prize 2020. Fuller sits down to discuss her actio…
 
No one observes the beauty of ordinary lives quite as astutely as Elizabeth Strout. Ten years after she won a Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge, she has returned to small-town Maine—and her flawed, cantankerous and much loved heroine—in the delightful Olive, Again. The master storyteller sits down to discuss her career, her craft, and what compel…
 
Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, Kokomo is the superbly written debut from Melbourne-based author Victoria Hannan. Described as ‘a disarmingly profound novel about the violence and the softness of navigating the world as a young woman’, Kokomo is both tender and fierce, heartbreaking and funny, an…
 
On today’s podcast episode the award winning author S.J. Watson sits down with Frankie Gray, to discuss his Yorkshire inspiration, his love of reading, being by the sea and his latest (brilliant) novel: Final Cut.S.J Watson’s incredible first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success and has now sold over 6,000,000 copi…
 
What would happen if we could understand what animals were saying? Jean McKay (The Animals in That Country), Chris Flynn (Mammoth) and Erin Hortle (The Octopus and I) have each explored this question in their latest books—with fascinating results. Harnessing both the surreal and the serious, these works pose inventive and urgent questions about our…
 
At once an enthralling family mystery and a meticulously-researched exposé of a dark chapter of history, How We Disappeared bears unflinching testimony to the experience of Singaporean ‘comfort women’ during World War II. Join Jing-Jing Lee as she discusses her powerful and elegiac debut novel, which has been hailed as an ‘unforgettable image of ho…
 
Genealogy isn't a simple story,’ says Michael Christie. ‘In my own personal life and experience, families are built much more than they are born.‘ A novel that reckons with legacy, inheritance, nature and sacrifice, Greenwood reveals layer by layer one family’s secrets—and the forest that binds them across generations. Christie has constructed a ti…
 
International bestselling-author Patricia Cornwell talks to Alex Clark about her pulse-pounding thriller, Spin, featuring her brilliant and unusual new heroine, Captain Calli Chase.Patricia Cornwell is one of world’s best-loved authors, with more than 120 million copies of her books in print and sold in more than 100 countries. Her research is unpa…
 
Featuring: Val McDermid, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Who better to put the world to rights, and to help us celebrate Burns Night, than two Scottish supernovas!?Best-selling author Val McDermid has been publishing acclaimed crime fiction for over 30 years. An international bestseller, her books have been translated into 40 different …
 
Patrick Radden Keefe (Say Nothing) takes complicated histories and transforms them into riveting works of narrative journalism—whether a deep-dive podcast into the alleged CIA origins of a 90s power ballad or a sweeping, switchblade-sharp account of the 1972 disappearance of Jean McConville in Northern Ireland. Join Radden Keefe as he reflects on a…
 
Anne Enright’s new novel Actress is a beguiling tale of fame, creativity, courage, survival, and the troubled love between a magnetic, capricious mother and the daughter who’s unable to escape her long shadow. Here, Enright sits down to discuss her funny, unsentimental and shrewdly observed new book—and delves into her craft, the writer’s life, and…
 
Stella and Desiree, identical twin sisters, run away from their small southern town in search of self-determined futures. Both light-skinned Black women, their lives take strikingly divergent paths as one passes as white, while the other marries ‘the darkest man she could find’. Brit Bennett sits down to discuss The Vanishing Half, an expansive, mu…
 
Featuring: Harriet Tyce, Simon Kernick, Allie Reynolds and Lauren North.Have you ever questioned what lengths you would be prepared to go to if a loved one was in danger?What would push you over the edge to act out of character, even commit a crime?Join us for a very special Harrogate International Festivals virtual event with bestselling crime thr…
 
Everywhere we look, we’re faced with dire predictions about the future of the planet. How can coming from a place of hope give us the tools we need to create a better, fairer and more equitable world? Join Damon Gameau (2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration) and Jess Scully (Glimpses of Utopia) as they discuss the importance of optimism in creating…
 
Written by Ngāi Tahu author and journalist Becky Manawatu, Auē is a work of gritty, social realist fiction centring on the lives of orphaned brothers: eight-year-old Arama and teenager Taukiri. Dealing with themes of domestic violence, gang culture, curdled masculinity and fractured families, this award-winning debut from a uniquely New Zealand voi…
 
Books are often seen simply as a source of diversion and pleasure. But they are more than that. They can offer not an escape from real life, but a richer engagement with the business of living. Two great readers—Charlotte Wood (The Weekend) and Tegan Bennett Daylight (The Details)—sit down to discuss how they find comfort, refuge and power in both …
 
‘The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper,’ Eden Phillpotts once wrote. Robbie Arnott and Jan Carson have both written novels that bring that magic to the fore—while still being grounded in the familiar world—in The Rain Heron and The Fire Starters respectively. The authors sit down to discuss magic, mea…
 
Six of Australia’s most clear-eyed, insightful writers—2020 Stella Prize–winner Jess Hill; actor and screenwriter Michelle Law; writer and founding editor of Liminal magazine Leah Jing McIntosh; award-winning novelist Favel Parrett; Queensland Literary Award–winning poet Ellen van Neerven; and award-winning poet and scholar Alison Whittaker—deliver…
 
In the beautifully written and illuminating polemic, How To Stay Sane In An Age Of Division, Booker Prize nominee Elif Shafak reflects on our age of pessimism, when emotions guide and misguide our politics, and misinformation and fear are the norm. Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to reveal how writing can nurtu…
 
Racism is real, despite race having no scientific basis. But in a time of fake news and divided politics, the appeal for science to strength racist ideology is on the rise. Scientist Adam Rutherford makes the case against race and using fake science to justify prejudicial politics.Adam Rutherford - How to Argue with a Racist was recording for Berwi…
 
For our third episode, we’ll hear from artists Jesse Oliver and Jazz Money with their creative responses to the theme, 'Plant'. We invited them to reflect on their connections to the green, moving, breathing things - from houseplants to forest floors - that we are so lucky to co-exist with.Bởi Emerging Writers' Festival
 
In The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism, Paul Adler argues that the only way to save society from catastrophic collapse is to adopt democratic socialism. Adler joins Sally Warhaft for a discussion that elucidates how our current economy serves about one per cent of the world population, why it barel…
 
Former prime minister Julia Gillard and economist and international development expert Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders—so they wrote a book about it. Join the former PM for a discussion of Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons and broader issues of gender bias, politics, …
 
Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony shares anecdotes from his career and discusses his new novel The Moonflower Murders alongside the celebrated Alex Rider YA series.Anthony Horowitz in Conversation with Joe Haddow was recorded as part of the…
 
When you cast your mind up towards the sky, what do you think of? Perhaps you think of clouds, sunsets and shades of blue. Maybe your mind wanders further and reaches for instances of optimism, searching for opportunities and wandering into dream spaces. For this episode, we invited Awale Ahmed, Christy Tan and Ruby Hillsmith to respond to the them…
 
Jessie Tu’s debut novel explores love, sex, and female desire through the eyes of Jena Lin, a Taiwanese-Australian former child prodigy whose journey of self-discovery forms the heart of this book. A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing has been hailed as ‘gutsy, bold and surprising’. Join Tu in conversation on writing complex characters, the model min…
 
An extraordinary showcase of emerging and established voices, New Australian Fiction 2020 is the second anthology of its kind curated by literary journal Kill Your Darlings. These stories, by writers from all around Australia, explore some of the most intriguing and urgent issues of our time, including genetic experimentation, nuclear fallout and w…
 
In traditional retellings of the Greek myths, the focus is invariably on gods and men, but in Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths, classicist and Women’s Prize shortlisted writer Natalie Haynes refocuses our gaze on the remarkable women at the centre of these ancient stories.Natalie Haynes in conversation with Gerry Foley was recorded live as p…
 
For this first episode, we asked Philip Marri Winzer and Victoria Alondra to respond to the theme of 'Grain'. To us, grain speaks to the smallness of something at its beginning, which is why it felt like a perfect opener for this new podcast. But it’s also sustenance, building, the fibres of being and, of course, going against the grain.We hope you…
 
Presenting Vignettes, the new audio reading podcast series from Emerging Writers’ Festival. Trailer out now! 🎙 Stay tuned over the coming days to get the down-low on what Vignettes is all about.First episode launches Tuesday 17 November. 🎉Find and subscribe to Vignettes: The EWF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at emergingwrit…
 
As certain branches across politics and the media push mistruths, half-truths and lies about the cause and severity of the climate crisis in Australia, identifying reliable, science-backed information is increasingly a challenge. But how do we identify misinformation in the battle against climate change, and what can we do to counter it? Academic J…
 
In this daring collection of speculative fiction, 12 Indigenous writers and writers of colour offer up visions of Australia’s possible futures: after colonisation, after white supremacy, and after climate change. Authors Claire G Coleman and Omar Sakr sit down with After Australia editor Michael Mohammed Ahmad to discuss their contributions and the…
 
Best known for his BBC Radio 2 lunchtime programme and Eggheads, much loved presenter and broadcaster Jeremy Vine presents his debut novel The Diver and The Lover. Inspired by true events and Vine’s obsession with Salvador Dali, this is a powerful story of love and sacrifice and the lengths we will go to for who – or what – we love.Jeremy Vine in c…
 
Join the award-winning and bestselling author, Matt Haig, as he talks about his latest novel, The Midnight Library.Welcome to the strangest library of them all – one that houses second chances. From the author of How to Stop Time and The Humans comes this poignant, unique novel about regret, hope and forgiveness. Profound and sparkling with imagina…
 
As we struggle to recover after last summer’s devastating bushfires—and with the next fire season less than six months away—urgent questions must be addressed. What is missing from Australia's climate change response? How can First Nations’ knowledge and practices help us? And what must change in the way we talk about climate change? Join Ketan Jos…
 
The Uluru Statement, created in 2017, is a rallying cry to enshrine First Nations’ voices in the Australian Constitution. Torres Strait Islander writer Thomas Mayor spent 18 months travelling across the country to garner support for the Statement—now, with Finding the Heart of the Nation, Mayor brings that journey to all Australians. Mayor is joine…
 
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