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In love with the shape of you: An Interview with Lee Kofman

In love with the shape of you: An Interview with Lee Kofman

April 10, 2019

Lee Kofman's Imperfect explores the way our bodies shape the people we are. This week, Stephanie talks to Lee about imperfect bodies, gender, the cultural history of scars, and why we never talk about our bodies.

Visit Lee's website at https://leekofman.com.au/

 

Mary Queen of Scots and the Enduring Appeal of Tudor Queens

Mary Queen of Scots and the Enduring Appeal of Tudor Queens

March 27, 2019

Mary Queen of Scots seems to be having a moment, with new films and plays about the Scottish queen's relationship with her cousin, Elizabeth I, recently released. This week, Michelle and Jimmy chat to Steph about one of her favourite subjects: the enduring appeal of Tudor queens. 

Jenna Guillaume’s What I Like About Me: A Daggy Caravan Park Romance

Jenna Guillaume’s What I Like About Me: A Daggy Caravan Park Romance

March 13, 2019

Jenna Guillaume's debut novel, What I Like About Me, is a YA romantic comedy set at that most Australian of settings: the daggy caravan park. This week, Stephanie is joined by Jenna to discuss romance, body positivity, beauty pageants, Twitter, Dirty Dancing, and why all dresses should have pockets.

 

Jenna's Twitter account is @JennaGuillaume and her novel What I Like About Me is available at all good bookshops now. 

Interview with Laura Neill, Editor for The Quarry Journal Issue 13

Interview with Laura Neill, Editor for The Quarry Journal Issue 13

February 27, 2019

The Quarry Journal, the online journal of Macquarie University's English Department, is currently seeking submissions for Issue 13: Borderlines. This week, Stephanie and Michelle discuss the issue with the student editor, Laura Neill.

For more information on The Quarry, or to submit please visit the journal website: http://thequarryjournal.com/submit-2/

 

Meredith Lake’s The Bible in Australia: A fascinating history of the part the Bible played in shaping Australia

Meredith Lake’s The Bible in Australia: A fascinating history of the part the Bible played in shaping Australia

September 5, 2018

Meredith Lake, award-winning historian, traces the impact of the Bible on Australian culture, from Tony Abbott's misuse of the Bible to discredit the science of climate change to the distinctively Australian irreverence for authority that saw the coining of the expressions 'bible-basher' and 'wowser'. Join Michelle Hamadache as she interviews Meredith Lake about the complex ways the Bible and its reception has shaped Australian literature, language and politics.

Pinballs and Boiling Frogs: An interview with Australian feminist playwright Alison Lyssa

Pinballs and Boiling Frogs: An interview with Australian feminist playwright Alison Lyssa

August 8, 2018

Alison Lyssa, playwright, writer and poet, discusses her groundbreaking feminist play Pinball. Pinball, a play about a young lesbian couple fighting the patriarchy for custody of one of the women's son, was labelled 'feminist chauvinist piggery' in the Australian Press in the 80s when it was first performed. Now a set-text in universities in the UK and re-staged by Duck Duck Goose in 2014, Pinball and its playwright, Alison Lyssa, remain cutting edge in contemporary Australia. 

Trauma and the Possibility of Change: An Interview with Meera Atkinson

Trauma and the Possibility of Change: An Interview with Meera Atkinson

July 18, 2018

Meera Atkinson's Traumata is an innovative mix of memoir and cultural criticism, in the vein of Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. This week, Stephanie chats to Meera about writing about trauma, the #metoo movement, and the possibility of change.

 

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How do you solve a problem like Junot Diaz?

How do you solve a problem like Junot Diaz?

July 4, 2018

Just as our Contemporary Literature students were reading Junot Diaz, allegations of sexual harassment against the author emerged at the Sydney Writers Festival. Stephanie talked to three students from the class - Joanna Catsanos, Juliette Kaado and Jasmine Joyan - to discuss their reactions to the revelations. 

Kate Rossmanith: Small Wrongs: Remorse and the criminal justice system

Kate Rossmanith: Small Wrongs: Remorse and the criminal justice system

June 13, 2018

Remorse plays an important part in Australia’s criminal justice system, impacting both sentencing and parole. Kate Rossmanith’s book, Small Wrongs, explores remorse in all its complexity. Join Michelle Hamadache as she talks with Kate about researching and writing her compelling new release.

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Medicine, Literature, Interceptionality, and Literary Gate-Keeping: An Interview with Michelle Cahill

Medicine, Literature, Interceptionality, and Literary Gate-Keeping: An Interview with Michelle Cahill

March 21, 2018

This week, Stephanie and Michelle interview Michelle Cahill, writer and managing director of the literary journal Mascara. In this wide-ranging discussion, they talk about the intersection of medicine and literature, interceptionality, and literary gate-keeping.

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