Shakespeare's Macbeth is so good that we can't stop thinking about it, or talking about it. This week, Stephanie, Jimmy and Kirstin discuss the appeal of the Scottish play, as well as the best and worst adaptations.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.