Full Interview with Zoe Daniel on April 11th 2014 in the 2ser studios. The cut version (8min) will be available soon and go to air in early May.
Poetry has the power to take us to imaginary places, but often those rooted in the geography and history of past civilisations. And that’s what South-African born Australian poet John Mateer aims to achieve in his latest collection of poetry called Unbelievers, or The Moor. This collection aims to trace the influential but invisible histories of the Moorish state Al-Andalus, where the present day Spain and Portugal lie.
But there’s no mistaking the politics of apartheid, or the war on terror that has torn apart the Islamic and Western worlds. Nor can you mistake the startling similarities between Mateer’s adopted home of Western Australia and his ancestors’ hometown of Cape Town, South Africa. By drawing together these histories in parallel, Mateer succeeds in asking us: just how do the histories of civilisations survive the information age?
Here, in conversation with Rachel Worsley, he begins a reading of one of his poems from the collection.
Lionel Shriver discusses her latest novel ‘Big Brother’, a confronting look about society’s view on obesity and responsibility for our weight and food choices. We also discuss the role of gender, as per the special International Women’s Day broadcast on 8th March 2014.
Rachel Worsley brings us an interview with Patricia Edgar, the author of ‘In Praise of Ageing’.
We hear so much about the “ageing population”, so much that even the word “ageing” may induce collective groans from politicians and policy-makers who think that the aged will be placing unprecedented pressure on the health system. However, Patricia Edgar’s latest book, “In Praise of Ageing”, presents a feisty riposte to this alarmism, pointing out that our long life expectancy should be considered one of the great achievements of the modern world.
We also visit the Word Travels Festival where Rachel Worsley got a poetry lap dance as part of the Poetry & Story Bordello. Held inside the historical rooms of a 19th century mansion in The Rocks, poets and storytellers such as Ursula Rucker and Edwina Blush entertained audiences late into the night in a smorgasbord of live literary adventures and intimate unplugged shows.
I spoke with Tracy Ryan, author of ‘Unearthed’.
Broadcast 17 August 2013, Final Draft, 2ser 107.3FM.
I spoke with Craig Sherborne, author of ‘The Amateur Science of Love’, about his experiences.
Broadcast 18 February 2013, part of Final Draft, 2ser 107.3FM.
Interview with Chris Somerville on his book “We are not the same anymore”
Broadcast 25 March 2013, for Final Draft, 2ser 107.3FM.
I speak to Margo Lanagan, author of Sea Hearts.
Broadcast on 15 April 2013, part of Final Draft, 2ser 107.3FM.
Sydney Writers Festival voxpop with Laura Corrigan following the opening event of the Sydney Writers Festival, with storyteller Daniel Mordern.
For Final Draft, 2ser 107.3FM.
When Tony Abbott announced his frontbench earlier this week, many were dismayed by the lack of women on the frontbench. But just as many were concerned about the lack of a Minister of Science, which had ceased to become its own portfolio since its creation in 1931.
Instead, the responsibility for science will be split between the new Minister for Industry, Ian Mcfarlane, and Education Minister, Christopher Pyne.
Some critics say that this shows the lack of importance that the new Abbott Government will put on science, and is seen as a retrograde step backwards for the 21st Century.
Rachel Worsley reports.
Broadcast 20th September 2013, on 2ser 107.3FM, for Razors Edge.