From the Lighthouse
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.

Interview with Xu Daozhi on Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children’s Literature

Interview with Xu Daozhi on Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children’s Literature

May 8, 2019

How are Indigenous people represented in Australian children's literature? Xu Daozhi joins Stephanie to discuss her book Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children's Literature, which explores this very subject.

Might as well face it, we’re addicted to true crime

Might as well face it, we’re addicted to true crime

April 24, 2019

We love true crime. We consume lots of true crime. This week, Jimmy and Steph discuss some recent true crime books, podcasts, and documentaries, and ponder exactly what was happening in the 1970s. #FreeAdnan.

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/

 

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.

Beloved and Controversial: The Works of Enid Blyton

Beloved and Controversial: The Works of Enid Blyton

February 6, 2019

Enid Blyton was a part of many childhoods, as the author of such classics as The Enchanted Forest, the Famous Five and the Naughtiest Girl in the School series. However, in recent years she's come under increasing scrutiny for the racism and sexism apparent in many of her stories. This week, Stephanie and Lee discuss school stories, food, women, and all things Blyton. 

Milne’s The Red House Mystery: A non-Pooh Bear Detective Story

Milne’s The Red House Mystery: A non-Pooh Bear Detective Story

January 23, 2019

Hang on, A.A. Milne wrote a crime novel? Is Winnie the Pooh the murderer or the detective? This week, Stephanie and Lee discuss a crime novel that does not feature Winnie the Pooh, but does feature all the best features of a cozy crime novel, complete with some digs at Australia.