Books and Arts - Separate stories podcast

Books and Arts - Separate stories podcast


Separate stories: Join Michael Cathcart and Sarah Kanowski for ABC Radio National's Books and Arts: Australia's only national broadcast devoted to literature and the arts. Published Mondays to Saturdays.


New play explores Aboriginal and Jewish experience  

William Cooper is remembered as both an Aboriginal activist and as a hero to the Melbourne Jewish community. Playwrights Andrea James, a descendant of William Cooper, and Elise Hearst, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, have created a new play about their shared history.

Leanne Hall's children's novel, Iris and the Tiger  

Leanne Hall's first novel for kids tells the story of Iris Chen-Taylor, a 12-year-old who has been sent by her parents to Spain on an important solo spying mission.

Trudy Smith: 100 years of creativity  

Trudy Smith started painting when she was eight-five years of age. Last year, she turned one hundred years old, and to mark the occasion, a retrospective of her artwork was held at the Mundaring Arts Centre, outside Perth.

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride  

Irish prize-winning author Eimear McBride speaks about her latest novel The Lesser Bohemians.

Masterpiece: Patrick Gale  

Writer Patrick Gale chooses his masterpiece: a 1950 recording of Kathleen Ferrier singing the folk song The Keel Row.

African Book Club: Teju Cole's Every Day is for the Thief  

Novelist, critic and photographer Teju Cole has written a complex novel of Nigeria, of return, of reading, public transport, class and belonging.

Jeremy Gavron’s search for his mother  

In his latest book, foreign correspondent and novelist Jeremy Gavron goes in search of his mother in an effort to make sense of who she was and why she took her own life.

Etgar Keret's The Seven Good Years  

Beloved Israeli writer Etgar Keret on his memoir. He tells stories about his parents who were Holocaust survivors, talks about what it's like raising a child in a war zone and amongst all this serious stuff he makes you laugh.

Monsieur Mayonnaise, a film about Philippe Mora  

Monsieur Mayonnaise is a documentary about filmmaker Philippe Mora as he’s making a comic book about his parents experience during German occupied France.

Who Speaks for Me?  

A new production at the National Theatre of Parramatta explores what it means to exist in translation.

Modernist greats: O'Keeffe, Preston & Cossington Smith  

A new exhibition at Heide brings together the work of three pioneering modernist painters: Georgia O'Keeffe, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.

The Vinyl Frontier: the 10” LP  

James Lee and Michael Munson delve into the ABC Sound Library in search of the best tunes released on the humble and somewhat forgotten format – the 10-inch LP.

Top Shelf: Colum McCann  

Irish writer Colum McCann shares his favourite works of art for Top Shelf, including the great classic Ulysses by James Joyce.

Amanda Curtin's novel Elemental  

Have you heard of the Gutting Girls, itinerant workers who followed the herring catch in northern Scotland for centuries? Perth writer Amanda Curtin has written the life of one of these girls, from the Orkneys to Australia.

Hugo Race on his memoir  

Musician Hugo Race has written a memoir, Road Series, that's been described as a vagabond road poem.

Simon Winchester at the Perth Writers Festival  

Author Simon Winchester takes us on a thrilling journey through the recent past, an uncertain present and the future of the Pacific Ocean.

A conversation with Robert Forster  

Robert Forster, together with Grant McLennan, formed one of Australia's most influential bands, the Go-Betweens, and he's written a memoir called Grant and I.

Top Shelf - Virginia Reeves  

American writer Virginia Reeves shares her favourite works of art.

Damon Young on The Art of Reading  

We're always celebrating the skill and achievement of writing, but Damon Young makes a plea for the art of reading.

Knitting a response to gendered abuse  

In 2013 a news story of artist Casey Jenkins knitting wool that she had inserted into her vagina went viral. Now, she's knitting a response to the online abuse she received for her work, much of it from other women.

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