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Femme Fatales, Marlowe and Gangsters: The (slightly) Nonsensical Plots of Chandler’s The Big Sleep

Femme Fatales, Marlowe and Gangsters: The (slightly) Nonsensical Plots of Chandler’s The Big Sleep

October 3, 2018

The Big Sleep is a classic of crime noir: the kind of fiction that transports you to a seedy LA gin joint in the 1940s. This week, Lee and Stephanie discuss femme fatales, Marlowe, gangsters, and slightly nonsensical plots.

Murderers, Truth vs. Fiction, and a car full of snakes in Truman Capote’s “The Handcarved Coffins”

Murderers, Truth vs. Fiction, and a car full of snakes in Truman Capote’s “The Handcarved Coffins”

September 19, 2018

Truman Capote brought true crime to literature with his "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. In this podcast, Lee and Stephanie discuss a lesser-known piece of Capote non-fiction, the short story "The Handcarved Coffins". They discuss murderers, the line between truth and fiction, and a car full of snakes. 

Lexi Freiman’s Inappropriation

Lexi Freiman’s Inappropriation

August 1, 2018

Lexi Freiman's debut novel, Inappropriation, is a hilarious biting satire on identity politics, social media, high school, cyborgs, and pretty much everything else you can imagine. This week, Stephanie chats to Lexi about her novel, writing funny books, feminism, and high school formals. 

The Myth, the Heights, the Poetry and the Dogs: 200 Years of Emily Bronte

The Myth, the Heights, the Poetry and the Dogs: 200 Years of Emily Bronte

July 25, 2018

Emily Bronte was born on 30 July 1818: 200 years ago this month. To celebrate her 200th birthday, Stephanie was joined by Dr Lee O'Brien to discuss the Bronte myth, Wuthering Heights, poetry, and dogs.

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. 

The Life and Death of Christopher Marlowe

The Life and Death of Christopher Marlowe

May 30, 2018

Christopher Marlowe, the big Renaissance playwright before Shakespeare, was murdered on May 30, 1593. To mark the 425th anniversary of his death, Stephanie is joined by Professor Tony Cousins to talk about his life, his plays, and why he became so popular in the 1980s. 

SWF 2018 - Our Top Picks

SWF 2018 - Our Top Picks

April 25, 2018

Sydney Writers' Festival is definitely the best week of the year! This week, Stephanie and Michelle pour over the 2018 program, and pick their highlights, from ancient Greek epic to young Australian poets.

Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal: The Works of Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal: The Works of Jeanette Winterson

April 4, 2018

Jeanette Winterson is one of the UK's most beloved and challenging writers. This week, Stephanie and Michelle discuss Winterson's long career, from the publication of Oranges are Not the Only Fruit in 1985, to her recent (fabulously titled) memoir, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?Wh

Hamlet: The Indecisively Complicated Prince of Denmark

Hamlet: The Indecisively Complicated Prince of Denmark

March 28, 2018

To be or not to be? Is that the question? This week, Stephanie is joined by Professor Tony Cousins to discuss one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. Is this really a play about somebody who can't make up their mind or is it more complicated than that?

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