From the Lighthouse
Comfort Texts for a Brave New World

Comfort Texts for a Brave New World

April 1, 2020

The world is in a very strange place right now, and we're in need of serious distraction. Jimmy, Kirstin and Stephanie take you through their favourite comfort books, television shows, movies and podcasts.

Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Complex, The Ambiguous and the Inexplicable

Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Complex, The Ambiguous and the Inexplicable

March 4, 2020

Stephanie is still too busy and doesn't have time to act as referee as Michelle and Jimmy lock horns over Kafka's The Metamorphosis (or, as Steph calls it, "the bug episode"). Join Michelle and Jimmy as they politely discuss the enduring appeal, complexities and ambiguities of Kafka's seminal text, before descending into an inexplicably long debate about the source of artistry in music. 

Best Books of 2019

Best Books of 2019

February 5, 2020

In a proud From the Lighthouse tradition, Stephanie and Michelle give their verdict on the best books of 2019.

Interview with Diana Plater on her first novel, Whale Rock

Interview with Diana Plater on her first novel, Whale Rock

October 16, 2019

Diana Plater, professional travel writer, journalist, and now novelist, discusses her first novel, Whale Rock, a sensuous exploration of mothering and loss and what it means to be a middle-aged woman in multi-cultural Sydney.

 

Credit for the pic of Diana: Sylvia Karschies.

Whale Rock by Diana Plater is available at:

https://themoshshop.com.au/collections/new-releases/products/whale-rock-by-diana-plater

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/924932

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NYHWNTR

https://books.apple.com/us/book/whale-rock/id1454032970

#crusoeat300 and the Strange Life and Works of Daniel Defoe

#crusoeat300 and the Strange Life and Works of Daniel Defoe

August 21, 2019

2019 marks 300 years since the publication of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. This week, Stephanie is joined by Geoff to discuss the strange life, and perhaps even stranger works, of Daniel Defoe.

Sara-Mae Tuson and Heyer Today

Sara-Mae Tuson and Heyer Today

July 17, 2019

This week, Stephanie talks to Sara-Mae Tuson about her upcoming podcast series, Heyer Today, which will begin airing in December. They talk about the ongoing appeal of Heyer, the delights of rereading, and what happens when Stephen Fry accidentally sends you an email meant for his assistant.

Crowdfunding site: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fable-gazers-podcast-company-season-2-fundraiser#/updates/all

 

1819: An Extraordinarily Prolific Year for Keats

1819: An Extraordinarily Prolific Year for Keats

July 3, 2019

The romantic poet John Keats wrote most of his most famous poetry in the year 1819: 200 years ago this year. This week, Stephanie is joined by Dr Geoffrey Payne for an expansive discussion about Keats's life, death, poetry, and why 1819 was such an extraordinarily prolific year for him.

Interview with Ellie Crookes on Guinevere and Arthurian Literature

Interview with Ellie Crookes on Guinevere and Arthurian Literature

May 22, 2019

Guinevere has always been one of the most popular, and the most contested, characters of the Arthurian legends. This week, Stephanie is joined by Ellie Crookes to talk about the place of Guinevere in Arthurian literature, and why the nineteenth century loved to represent her as a nun.

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. 

Best Books of 2018 (re-uploaded)

Best Books of 2018 (re-uploaded)

February 20, 2019

This week, Stephanie, Michelle and Jimmy finally gather to talk about their favourite books (and film!) of 2018. Jimmy talks crime movies, Michelle talks about her love of deep, depressing books, and Stephanie cheats wildly.