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The ABR Podcast is produced by ABR (Australian Book Review). The podcast features book reviews, poetry, fiction, interviews and commentary.

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  • Contents indexed selectively. Only episodes related to Australian writers and writing is indexed in AustLit.

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y separately published work icon The Peter Porter Poetry Prize : Shortlisted Poets Read Their Poems The ABR Podcast : Episode 2 Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 18599117 2020 single work podcast The shortlisted poets for the 2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Lachlan Brown, Claire G. Coleman, Ross Gillett, A. Frances Johnson, and Julie Manning – read their shortlisted poems. Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Helen Garner's Diaries The ABR Podcast : Episode 3 Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 18599240 2020 single work podcast review
— Review of Yellow Notebook : Diaries Volume I, 1978-1986 Helen Garner , 2019 single work diary

'ABR Editor Peter Rose reviews Yellow Notebook, the first volume of the diaries by Helen Garner, a most anticipated book. [Peter] delves into Garner's own private musings, the diaries she kept during the pivotal years of her writing life.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon 'Season of Reckoning' : An Essay Tom Griffiths (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 18720229 2020 single work podcast 'After this calamitous summer, this 'season of reckoning' as he puts it, celebrated historian Tom Griffiths reflects on names given to bushfires – all those Black Sundays and Mondays, etc. – and wonders if they truly capture what is new about this savage summer.' (Publication summary) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Salt Blood Michael Adams , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 11348050 2017 single work podcast 'It is quiet and cool and dark blue. At this depth the pressure on my body is double what it is at the surface: my heartbeat has slowed, blood has started to withdraw from my extremities and move into the space my compressed lungs have created. I am ten metres underwater on a breath-hold dive, suspended at the point of neutral buoyancy where the weight of the water above cancels my body’s natural flotation. I turn head down, straighten my body, kick gently, and begin to fall with the unimpeded gravitational pull to the heart of the Earth.' (Introduction) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon West Arnhem Land Martin Thomas (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439118 2020 single work podcast 'Etched in Bone, the acclaimed documentary by Martin Thomas on the repatriation of Indigenous remains, is premiering in the US in March. The documentary stems from Thomas's essay ‘"Because it’s your country": Bringing Back the Bones to West Arnhem Land', which won the 2013 ABR Calibre Essay Prize. In this bonus episode of The ABR Podcast, we look back on Thomas's reading of his remarkable essay.' (Production summary) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Nah Doongh's Song Grace Karskens , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 17067125 2019 single work biography 'Nah Doongh was among the first generation of Aboriginal children who grew up in a conquered land. She was born around 1800 in the Country near present-day Kingswood, just south-east of Moorroo Morack, Penrith, and she lived until the late 1890s. Her life spanned the first century of colonisation, from the invasion of her Country to the years approaching Federation. She was a contemporary of the famous Hawkesbury River matriarch and landowner Maria Lock and of the astonishing Lake Macquarie religious seer and teacher Biraban.' (Introduction) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Poetry for Troubled Times Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20181122 2020 anthology poetry podcast 'At this ominous time, as we all hunker down, hoping for a cure, perhaps only poetry offers true insight and consolation, if we lean on it, as we’ve always done in past crises. In this episode, 18 fine poets and close associates of ABR – such as J.M. Coetzee, Robyn Archer, and Sarah Holland-Batt – read some favourite poems, works that seem to resonate in these anxious times.' (Introduction) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon At Her Majesty's Pleasure : Sir John Kerr and the Royal Dismissal Secrets' by Jenny Hocking Jenny Hocking , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20181079 2020 single work podcast criticism

'In 1975 the governor general, John Kerr, removed a democratically elected Labor government, amid great intrigue and subterfuge. The dismissal of the Whitlam government remains one of the blights on our democracy – perhaps the most controversial event in Australian political history. And yet the full record of what happened in the weeks and months leading up to the dismissal is still unavailable to Australian citizens because of the intransigence of Queen Elizabeth and the expensive lengths to which the National Archives of Australia have gone to suppress access to John Kerr’s correspondence with Buckingham Palace.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon 'News Deserts : A Worrying Portent for Our Democracy' Johanna Leggatt (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439440 2020 single work podcast

'The imminent closure of Australian Associated Press, or AAP, has sounded alarm bells for many citizens and journalists already worried about the lack of media diversity in Australia. AAP has long played a fundamental role in investigative journalism, which we need more than ever in an age of government intrusion, evasion, and over-reach. Johanna Leggatt, a journalist who has worked for Fairfax, News Corp, and AAP, writes about this troubling threat to journalism.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus Billy Griffiths , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19052493 2020 single work review
— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography

'Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse follows the life of the strong Nuenonne woman who lived through the dramatic upheavals of invasion and dispossession and became known around the world as the so-called ‘last Tasmanian’. But the figure at the heart of this book is George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary and chronicler who was charged with ‘conciliating’ with the Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples. It is primarily through his journals that historians are able to glimpse and piece together the world fractured by European arrival.'  (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon Surviving the Pandemic : Robyn Archer on Living in the Time of Covid-19 Robyn Archer , Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20181015 2020 single work podcast essay

'Peter Rose – before introducing this week’s ABR Podcast guest – updates readers on ABR’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Australia Council’s inexplicable decision not to fund ABR in 2021–24.

'Then Robyn Archer – renowned performer and ABR Laureate – currently hunkering down in Melbourne, reflects on how people are surviving and what Australia might look like when it emerges from this crisis.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon The Golden Age of Television? James McNamara , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20180959 2020 single work podcast essay

'During the Covid-19 crisis, many of us are surfeiting on television drama from Netflix, Stan, and the rest of them. Back in 2015, we published James McNamara's Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship essay 'The Golden Age of Television?', which considers the ascendancy of television drama and its cultural significance. Listen to James reading his essay, which appears in ABR's film and television issue in April 2015.' (Introduction) 

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y separately published work icon More Poetry for Troubled Times Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20180919 2020 anthology poetry podcast

'All literature, but poetry in particular for some of us, becomes more important during the pandemic. Last month, we invited a group of poets and critics to read favourite poems of theirs, from any country or century. We know how much you enjoyed it; the response has been fantastic. So we've invited fifteen more poets and poetry lovers to read a poem that resonates for them and that might speak to others as we hunker down and live more privately. All the readers, poets, and titles of poems are listed on our website. 

'Featuring Kate Middleton, Jaya Savige, Anthony Lawrence, Claire G. Coleman, Warwick Hadfield, Sarah Day, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Kevin Brophy, Andrea Goldsmith, Michael Farrell, Geoffrey Lehmann, Maria Takolander, Ali Alizadeh, and Thom Sullivan. ' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon On the Characterisation of Male Poets’ Mothers i "Charles Baudelaire’s mother—", Lisa Gorton , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19188531 2020 single work poetry Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Coronaspeak : Tracking Language in a Pandemic Amanda Laugesen , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19498856 2020 single work essay

'The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all our lives, and little else has featured in the media for weeks. Unsurprisingly, this has led those of us who work with words to track the language of the pandemic (coronaspeak) closely. Here at the Australian National Dictionary Centre (temporarily WFH, of course), we have been compiling a database of the words emerging from the pandemic; from anti-lockdown protest to zumping (being dumped via Zoom), the Covid-19 isolation lockdown has generated its own vocabulary.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon Gwen Harwood : A Centenary Birthday Tribute Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20180828 2020 anthology podcast podcast 'Gwen Harwood, who died in 1995, was born on 8 June 1920, in Brisbane, of course, which she loved dearly. Harwood seems increasingly to have been one of the finest poets Australia has ever produced. She was much loved; anyone who knew her relished her wit, her directness, her inextinguishable spirit. To mark the centenary of her birth, ABR asked a number of her colleagues and admirers to record some of her poems. Happily, there are hundreds of them to explore.' (Podcast introduction) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Reading the Mess Backwards Yves Rees , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19498808 2020 single work essay

'When I’m ten or so, my brother appears shirtless at the dinner table. Ever the eager disciple, I follow his example without a second thought. It is a sweltering January day, and our bodies are salt-crusted from the beach. Clothing seems cruel in these conditions.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon Contested Breath : The Ethics of Assembly in an Age of Absurdity Sarah Walker , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19498535 2020 single work essay

'There’s a script for everything. Someone, voice wavering, says, ‘She’s dead’, and you say, ‘What?’ They say it again, and you say, ‘Oh, my god.’ You ask the usual questions, and then hang up and everything is incredibly quiet. You tell your boyfriend, and you both walk around the house trying to pack useful things: a sleeve of Valium, warm socks. You call your brother in London. He texts to say it’s five am there, can it wait? You call back. Before he even answers the phone, he knows.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon Ambassadors from Another Time Stephen Orr , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 11968814 2017 single work essay

'First, I need to visit Dean Nicolle’s eucalypt arboretum. Four hundred rows of trees, four specimens of each species of EucalyptusCorymbia, and Angophora (the eucalypts) nestled together, sharing pollen and landscape, dropping limbs in the grass. Each group of trees is a result of the previous year’s fieldwork. The year 2000 was big: Nicolle this keeper of the keys to the eucalypts spent six months in Western Australia collecting seed.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon The Point-Blank Murder Sonja Dechian , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 17266941 2019 single work short story Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Unsolicited Smut : A Nation of Prudes and Wowsers James Ley Reviews 'The Trials of Portnoy' by Patrick Mullins James Ley , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19498503 2020 single work review
— Review of The Trials of Portnoy : How Penguin Brought down Australia's Censorship System Patrick Mullins , 2020 single work criticism
'Okay, I’ll tell you what’s wrong with this country. For a start, we have this profoundly stupid and deeply irritating myth that we’re all irreverent freedom-loving larrikins and easygoing egalitarians, when it is painfully obvious that we have long been a nation of prudes and wowsers, that our collective psyche has been warped by what Patrick Mullins describes, with his characteristic lucidity, as ‘a fear of contaminating international influences’, and that we are not just an insular, conservative, and deeply conformist society, but for some unaccountable reason we take pride in our ignorance and parochialism. And let’s not neglect the fact that we are cringingly deferential and enamoured of hierarchy...' (Introduction)
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y separately published work icon The Porter Prize : Listen to All the Past Winners Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20180560 2020 anthology podcast poetry Listen to all previous winning poems of the Porter Prize from 2005. Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Declan Fry on 'Fire Front : First Nations Poetry and Power Today Declan Fry , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20180677 2020 single work podcast

Declan Fry discusses Fire Front before reading his review of the book. 

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y separately published work icon River Story Mykaela Saunders , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19767068 2020 single work short story Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Poets Abroad - Victoria Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20180607 2020 anthology poetry In this episode poets record a poem of theirs that is set outside their home state.  Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon The Dolorimeter Kate Middleton , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 20051711 2020 single work essay

'Sometime late morning it begins, a root of something that only as it grows do you recognise as pain. You have had coffee, as you do every morning, and now you feel the kind of heaviness that sends you to lie down. At home, the friend who is staying with you, whom you half invited and who may have misinterpreted your keenness for company, notes your early return and approves of your plan to retreat. For both of you it has been a year frantic with change and learning and emotion, and even if it is likely indulgent – so what, you’ve earned the right to call a morning off the books and instead take a heat pack and wish it were night all over again. She even microwaves the heat pack for you. You take it to bed where you think you will read or watch television or luxuriate in some way.' (Introduction)

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y separately published work icon Egg Timer C. J. Garrow , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19767026 2020 single work short story Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon Johanna Leggatt on Twitter's Threat to Writers and Journalists Johanna Leggatt , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439571 2020 single work podcast

'In today's episode, Johanna Leggatt speaks to ABR Editor Peter Rose about growing disquiet about ‘cancel culture’, censorious voices on social media, and Twitter's threat to writers and journalists. Beginning with the recent case of Rachel Baxendale, a journalist at The Australian, who was subjected to much invective because of her persistent questions about the quarantine fiasco in Victoria, Leggatt laments the ‘routine trashing of reputations on Twitter’ and wonders why Twitter has ‘devolved into a channel for our most juvenile emotions’. This interview is based on her recent article, 'The Problem of Belonging'.'

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y separately published work icon Tony Hughes-d'Aeth on Australia's Literary Regionalism Tony Hughes-d'Aeth (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439628 2020 single work podcast

'Is it possible to parse Australian writers by states and territories? In today's episode, Tony Hughes-d'Aeth – Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia – speculates about new ways of contemplating Australian writers through the lens of regionalism. As he writes in his upcoming essay 'Thinking in a regional accent: New ways of contemplating Australian writers': 'Yes, we are divided into states and territories, but are these anything other than lines on a map, drawn with a ruler and a set square, and the occasional river? The contrast between the political map of Australia and the now iconic AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia graphically exposes the poverty of the Australian regional imagination and the essential irreality of our territorial demarcations. More particularly, for someone like me, is it right to conceive of Australia in terms of literary regions?'' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Hessom Razavi on Statelessness and Australia’s Detention Centres Hessom Razavi (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439684 2020 single work podcast

.In today's episode, Hessom Razavi – the ABR Behrouz Boochani Fellow – speaks to Peter Rose about his essay 'Failures of imagination: From Tehran’s prisons to Australia’s immigration detention centres', which appears in the November issue. Hessom's essay offers a powerful reflection on the experiences that led to his family fleeing Iran to escape political persecution. Navigating the 1979 Islamic Revolution, political rebellion, and tragic family disappearances, Razavi examines the similarities between Australia’s immigration detention centres and the political prison he visited as a boy – and contemplates how easily the detainees’ fate might have been his own.. (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Joshua Black on Susan Ryan, a Pioneering Politician Joshua Black (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439740 2020 single work podcast

'In today's episode, Joshua Black reads his tribute to former Labor senator Susan Ryan, featured in our November issue. Ryan was a historic figure in Australian politics: she was the first woman from the ALP to serve in cabinet, and cemented her legacy with the Sex Discrimination Act (1984) – which prohibited sexual discrimination in the workplace. Here, Black recounts his interview with the pioneering politician only weeks before her death on 27 September 2020.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Kate Crowcroft on Kylie Maslen's 'Show Me Where It Hurts' Kate Crowcroft (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439796 2020 single work podcast

'Kylie Maslen's début essay collection, Show Me Where It Hurts, is an intimate exploration of living with chronic illness. Maslen describes her own experiences with the invisible illness she has lived with for the last twenty years, delving into its daily reality while incorporating music, literature, television, film, online culture, and more. Kate Crowcroft, who reviews the book in ABR's November issue, describes it as 'essential reading for those of us with the privilege of having a body that behaves itself'.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon In Conversation with Nicole Abadee about Sofie Laguna's 'Infinite Splendours' Amy Baillieu (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439852 2020 single work podcast

'In today's episode, Amy Baillieu speaks to Nicole Abadee about Sofie Laguna's latest novel, Infinite Splendours. In her November issue review, Abadee reflects that Laguna 'does not shy away from confronting subject matter' and notes that Infinite Splendours represents 'new territory' for Laguna as it follows protagonist Lawrence from childhood into adulthood. Baillieu and Abadee also discuss Abadee's own podcast Books Books Books.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Blankety-blank : Amanda Laugesen on Swearing and the Art of the Euphemism Amanda Laugesen (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439954 2020 single work podcast

'Amanda Laugesen, historian and lexicographer, is director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the ANU. In her latest book, the evocatively titled Rooted, Amanda considers the bountiful history of bad language in Australia. Her column in the December issue of ABR is devoted to the quaint old euphemism. Amanda talks about the inventive ways in which writers and editors have tried to placate the censor while also celebrating profanity. ' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Books of the Year Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23440064 2020 single work podcast

'In today's episode, Peter Rose talks to writers Beejay Silcox and Billy Griffiths about what they’ve been reading during this tumultuous year. They also speculate about some highlights of 2021. For those looking for a more extensive listing of this year's finest works, our Books of the Year features more than 30 different ABR critics nominating their favourite releases.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon A Tussle with the Past : Jon Piccini on Two New Books Interrogating the Palace Letters Jon Piccini (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23440109 2020 single work podcast Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020
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y separately published work icon The Porter Prize Shortlist : Listen to the Poets Read and Introduce Their Poems Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23440230 2021 single work podcast 'The Peter Porter Poetry Prize, now in its seventeenth year and worth a total of $10,000, this year attracted more than 1300 entries from 33 different countries. It’s our pleasure now to present the five shortlisted poets, who introduce and read their shortlisted poems.' 

(Production summary)

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y separately published work icon In Conversation with Tim Byrne Jack Callil (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23440281 2021 single work podcast

'In today's episode of the ABR Podcast Tim Byrne discusses his review of Mark Mordue's new biography of Nick Cave, Boy on Fire, with ABR Digital Editor Jack Callil.'(Production summary) 

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y separately published work icon Naama Grey-Smith on Daniel Davis Wood Naama Grey-Smith (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23440334 2021 single work podcast

'In today’s episode, Naama Grey-Smith reads her review of At the Edge of the Solid World, the second book of fiction by the Australian writer Daniel Davis Wood. The novel follows the breakdown of the lives of a man and wife in the aftermath of the death of their firstborn. Naama Grey-Smith, an editor, publisher and critic based in Fremantle, Western Australia, reviews the book for ABR’s January-February issue – describing it as ‘a masterclass in wedding form to content’.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon An Interview with Paul Kildea : On Musica Viva, Benjamin Britten, and More Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23440436 2021 single work podcast

'Paul Kildea is a man of many parts – author, musician, new artistic director of Musica Viva – and a regular contributor to ABR. In this week’s podcast, he talks to Peter Rose about the challenges of programming Musica Viva’s season during a pandemic and about Benjamin Britten, whose opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a highlight of the 2021 Adelaide Festival. Paul Kildea – who will conduct the opera – is the author of a biography of Britten.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon On Louise Milligan : Beejay Silcox Reviews the 'Bruised and Bruising' Witness Beejay Silcox (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23440618 2021 single work podcast

'In the wake of Brittany Higgins's startling allegations of sexual abuse in Parliament House, Beejay Silcox revisits her review of Witness by award-winning journalist Louise Milligan. Witness (recently shortlisted in the 2021 Stella Prize) is an interrogative critique of the criminal trial process. It is the culmination of five years of research into how witnesses are treated (and often intimidated or worse) in court rooms.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon A Plague on All Our Houses : Tim Byrne on Australian Theatre After the Pandemic Tim Byrne (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23440829 2021 single work podcast

'Over the past year the pandemic has devastated the performing arts in Australia. Theatre especially has been adversely impacted. In today’s episode, theatre critic and ABR regular Tim Byrne looks at how theatre organisations are coping now that venues are beginning to reopen. He interviews a range of artistic directors spanning Melbourne Theatre Company’s departing Brett Sheehy, Queensland Theatre Lee Lewis, Malthouse Theatre’s Matthew Lutton, and many more.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Krissy Kneen in Conversation with Beejay Silcox : On The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen Beejay Silcox (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 21871734 2021 single work podcast 'Throughout her childhood, Krissy Kneen was surrounded by make-believe. At the centre of this enchanted world was her grandmother Lotty, whose prodigious fabulations not only kept her family in thrall, but also hid painful memories of poverty and forced migration. In her new memoir, The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen, Kneen retraces her grandmother's journey from Slovenia to Australia. In today's episode, Kneen sits down with her friend Beejay Silcox, a past ABR Fellow and longtime contributor, to discuss their serendipitous meeting and Kneen's journey to uncover her family's history. ' (Production introduction) Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021
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y separately published work icon Frankenfish James Boyce (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23441146 2021 single work podcast

'Richard Flanagan's new work, Toxic, is a startling exposé on Tasmania's salmon farming industry. From genetically altered 'frankenfish' to the use of dangerous chemicals to turn 'dead-grey flesh a marketable red', the industrial machinations uncovered in Flanagan's new work are stomach-churning. As James Boyce writes in his review, 'After the publication of Toxic, I doubt Tasmania will ever be the same again.'' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon A Period in the Shade : Martin Thomas on Patrick White Martin Thomas (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23441290 2021 single work podcast

'Patrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, has long been considered Australia’s finest novelist. And yet, the thirtieth anniversary of his death in 2020 passed by with barely a murmur. Was this merely a consequence of the pandemic, or are there larger cultural forces at play? In today's episode, historian and ABR Calibre prize-winning essayist Martin Thomas considers the posthumous neglect of the great Australian writer, who once described himself as a ‘Londoner at heart’ and who continues to challenge jingoistic and complacent forms of nationalism.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Bunker : A Short Story by Josephine Rowe Josephine Rowe (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23441575 2021 single work podcast

'In today's episode, Josephine Rowe – winner of the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – reads a new short story, 'Bunker', which appears in the June issue of ABR. Josephine has published three short story collections and a novel called A Loving, Faithful Animal.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Façades of Lebanon : Winner of the 2021 Calibre Essay Prize Theodore Ell (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23441822 2021 single work podcast Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021
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y separately published work icon Poetry in Times of Recovery James Jiang (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23441777 2021 single work podcast

'As the world realigns itself in the wake of a global pandemic, ABR turns its thoughts to the various forms – individual and institutional, material and more intangible – that recovery may take. In 'Poetry in times of recovery', we asked a number of Australian poets to share the works that best capture how recovery can look, sound, and feel. Today’s episode builds on the popularity of our ‘Poetry for troubled times’, released in 2020.

'We bear in mind, of course, that these are still troubled times, as recent events in the Middle East and the intractable problems (to do with sovereignty and borders) back home well attest. Poetry may not be the only balm we need at this juncture, but in ‘the nightmare of the dark’, as W.H. Auden once put it, the poet’s ‘unconstraining voice’ nevertheless remains a place where ‘the healing fountain starts’.'(Production summary)

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y separately published work icon On the Australian poet Francis Webb John Hawke (presenter), Ian Dickson (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23441898 2021 single work podcast 'Francis Webb, an Australian poet born in 1925, was widely regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most gifted poets of his generation. His creative output was extensive, despite a troubled life living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. His first major poem, ‘A Drum for Ben Boyd’, appeared in book form when he was only twenty-two. In today’s episode, listen to ABR’s Sydney theatre critic Ian Dickson read the poem in its entirety.' 

(Production summary)

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y separately published work icon The Enemy, Asyndeton : Winner of the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Camilla Chaudhary , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23442257 2021 single work podcast

'Recently, for the eleventh time, ABR presented the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. This year the Prize attracted 1,428 entries, from thirty-six different countries. In a virtual ceremony last night, ABR named Camilla Chaudhary as the winner of this year’s Jolley Prize for her story titled ‘The Enemy, Asyndeton’. The judges – Melinda Harvey, Elizabeth Tan, and Gregory Day – described Chaudhary’s entry as ‘a delightful, nimble story; the characters bristle with life, and the dialogue is crisply rendered’. In today’s episode, listen to Camilla Chaudhary read her story in its entirety.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon An Die Nachgeborenen: For Those Who Come After : Read by Elisabeth Holdsworth, Winner of the Inaugural Calibre Essay Prize Elisabeth Holdsworth (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23442343 2021 single work podcast

'In today’s episode, ABR looks back at the winner of the inaugural Calibre Essay Prize in 2007: ‘An Die Nachgeborenen: For Those Who Come After’ by Elisabeth Holdsworth. Holdsworth was born in the Netherlands in the years following World War II. Zeeland, where she grew up, was heavily bombed during the war and later flooded. Her poignant essay is a dialogue with the past, detailing her recent return to the Netherlands, her family’s vicissitudes and suffering during the war, and an unforgettable portrait of her conflicted mother.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon A Fall from Grace John Richards , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23442683 2021 single work podcast

'This year, the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize received nearly 1500 entries from thirty-six different countries, a record field. Placed third was ‘A Fall from Grace’ by John Richards. The story is the first work of historical fiction to appear on the shortlist of the Jolley Prize. In today’s episode, listen to the author read ‘A Fall from Grace’, which our judges described as ‘a deliciously enigmatic story, rich in the overtones of the international canon: Balzac, Calvino, Borges. Set in pre-revolutionary rural France, a talented painter’s career receives an unforeseen jolt that simultaneously shadows his life and propels his work from realist proficiency to metaphysical greatness.’'(Production summary)

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y separately published work icon May Day : As Read by Anita Punton Anita Punton , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23442782 2021 single work podcast

'ABR’s Calibre Essay Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for an original essay. This year, we received a record field of 638 essays. Today we hear from Anita Punton, who placed second for her essay ‘May Day’, a poignant memoir about piecing together her father’s life after his death. Our judges – Sheila Fitzpatrick, Billy Griffiths, and Peter Rose – described Punton’s essay as ‘a rich and moving evocation of a relationship between father and daughter’, one ‘written with humour and flair, offering a complex portrait of Punton’s father: a brilliant, narcissistic man, whose life was full of contradictions.’' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Airwave Feminism Yves Rees , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23442855 2021 single work podcast Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021
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y separately published work icon Dugongesque : An Essay by Krissy Kneen Krissy Kneen , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23500264 2021 single work podcast 'Each year, the judges of the Calibre Essay Prize face the difficult task of selecting a winner from an impressive shortlist. Last year’s winner was Theodore Ell for ‘Facades of Lebanon’, an intimate chronicle of the 2020 port explosion in Beirut. In today’s episode, ABR turns to another impressive essay, ‘Dugongesque’, which was shortlisted for last year’s Calibre Essay Prize and appears in our upcoming December issue. Written by the award-winning Queensland author Krissy Kneen, ‘Dugongesque’ is a poignant exploration of identity, bodies, and death as Kneen embarks on a diving course bought for her by her partner. Listen to Kneen read her essay in full.' (Introduction)
 
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y separately published work icon Hand-to-hand Combat : A New Biography on the Porous and Passionate Life of Gillian Mears Brenda Walker , Southbank : ABR Publications , 2021 23560194 2021 single work review
— Review of Leaping into Waterfalls : The Enigmatic Gillian Mears Bernadette Brennan , 2021 single work biography

'In 2011, Bernadette Brennan convened a symposium on ‘Narrative and Healing’ at the University of Sydney, an opportunity for specialists in medicine and bereavement to meet writers with comparable interests. Helen Garner, for example, spoke about Joe Cinque’s Consolation. The day included an audiovisual piece about death as a kind of homecoming, with reference to the prodigal son, and exquisite photographs, including a picture of an elderly Irishman wheeling a bicycle with a coffin balanced on the seat and handlebars: austere and moving, a vision of austere and careful final transportation. Since 2011, Bernadette Brennan has written two literary biographies: A Writing Life: Helen Garner and her work (2017); and the wonderfully titled Leaping into Waterfalls: The enigmatic Gillian Mears. As with the Symposium, each biography is a genuine enquiry, a gathering of unexpected elements, and an invitation to later conversation. Brennan writes of Leaping into Waterfalls as an extension of a conversation she had with Mears in 2012. The Mears biography is certain to be a talking point for years to come.'(Introduction)

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y separately published work icon ‘Start Wobbling Your Tongue’ Penny Russell (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23604955 2021 single work podcast

'‍As momentum builds for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, it is timely to reflect on the career of William Cooper. A Yorta Yorta elder and founding secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League, Cooper gathered support for Indigenous representation in parliament and for voting and land rights during the interwar years. Historian Bain Attwood’s new book tells Cooper’s story but resists the biographical impulse that would separate the man from his social milieux. In today’s episode, Professor Emerita Penny Russell reads her review of Attwood’s portrait of this remarkable man, whose eloquence has left only a scant textual record. What survives reveals a figure ‘always driven by a profound vision of justice and moral uplift’.

'Penny Russell is a historian of families, intimacy, and social encounters in nineteenth-century Australia, with a longstanding interest in the intricacies of gender, class, race, and culture in colonial societies. Penny is a Professor Emerita at The University of Sydney.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon The Porter Prize Poems 2022 23657314 2022 single work podcast

'In today’s episode, listen to the shortlisted poets for the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Chris Arnold, Dan Disney, Michael Farrell, Anthony Lawrence, and Debbie Lim – read their poems. This year, our judges Sarah Holland-Batt, Jaya Savige, and Anders Villani had 1,330 poems to assess. In their comments, they write: ‘The five accomplished shortlisted poems each share a narrative bent, a focus on form (four out of five are stanzaic), and a capacity to startle and surprise with vivid imagery, linguistic torque, humour, and juxtaposition.’' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Lisa Gorton on Helen Garner's Third Volume of Diaries Lisa Gorton , Peter Rose (presenter), 2022 23749093 2022 single work podcast

'‘I would like to write about dominance, revulsion, separation, the horrible struggles between people who love each other,’ wrote Helen Garner, foreshadowing How to End a Story, the final instalment of her published diaries, following Yellow Notebook (2019) and One Day I’ll Remember This (2020). While the first two volumes spanned eight years apiece, How to End a Story spans only three. Starting in 1995, shortly after the release of Garner’s The First Stone, it details the dissolution of her marriage to another writer, V. As Lisa Gorton notes, this volume differs from its precursors both in tone and focus: ‘This one is as compelling as a detective story. This one is edited with the sense of an ending.’ (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Journal of a Pandemic Year Peter Rose , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24277417 2022 single work podcast

'For his sins, Peter Rose has always kept a diary. Over the years, ABR has occasionally published extracts, which have tended to consist of annual highlights laced with gossip and humour. The 2021 instalment is rather different in tone. The lockdowns occasioned by the pandemic also coincided with a marked deterioration in the health of his mother, who moved into aged care in March last year. 

'In this episode of the ABR podcast, Rose reads diary extracts from January until June (July to December will follow in a subsequent episode), documenting the anguish and impotence that go with being a carer under lockdown – as well as the volatile unconscious life of these feelings. Mordant and moving in equal measure, this selection offers a glimpse into both the waking life of an editor and his dreaming one.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Till ‘Real Voices’ Wake Us, and We Drown : The Mire of Identity Politics Mindy Gill , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 23914852 2022 single work column

'We can learn much about a culture by listening to how it talks about its art. The way non-white writers, for want of a better phrase, tend to be reviewed in Australia tells us a lot about how we determine cultural value. Some reviewers place a premium on the author’s biography – her identity – rather than on her work itself. The reviewer avoids critical engagement with the text in favour of a kind of reverential praise of its political messaging. This messaging isn’t necessarily determined by the content of the work, but rather by a mistaken conflation of the work with the author’s cultural identity. It’s a kind of habit, a reflexive way of reading literature, especially literature by non-white authors, as if the mere act of writing a book were fundamentally and inevitably political – or, as they say, an ‘act of resistance’.' 

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y separately published work icon Peter Rose Reads from His ‘Editor’s Diary’ (July to December) Peter Rose , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24277314 2022 single work podcast

'In this special episode of The ABR Podcast, Peter Rose reads the second and concluding instalment of his 2021 diary, taking us from July to December. These entries continue his chronicle of life under rolling lockdowns – not only for himself, but also for his mother, Elsie, who had moved into aged care earlier that year because of her declining health. Against the arrhythmic schedule of closures and prohibitions, faint tracings of the pre-pandemical world appear: birthday celebrations, an English batting collapse, email trouble, a high five. Written under a cloud of personal and collective uncertainty, these diaries record a son’s observance of his mother’s last days. Elsie Rose died at the age of ninety-five on 15 March 2022.' (Production summary)

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y separately published work icon Covid on the Brain Thomas H. Ford on the Irresistible Rise of ‘brain Fog’ Thomas H. Ford , James Jiang (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24620769 2022 single work podcast

'Few phrases captured the atmosphere of lethargy and disorientation in which many of us lived under lockdown as much as ‘brain fog’. The term has come to denote a whole range of symptoms – from fatigue and forgetfulness to anxiety and an inability to focus – that serve as an historical marker for our Covid moment. Yet, as literary scholar Thomas H. Ford observes, the malaise is far from unique to the twenty-first century. In this episode of The ABR Podcast, listen to Ford as he traces the history of cognitive fuzziness, revealing the persistent concerns about mental overwork for which ‘brain fog’ is only the latest diagnosis.'  (Production summary))

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y separately published work icon ‘Too Busy to Have Time for Us’ Joan Beaumont Reflects on Australian Studies at Harvard Joan Beaumont , James Jiang (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24620810 2022 single work podcast

'The Gough Whitlam and Malcom Fraser Chair of Australian Studies was established at Harvard University in 1976 as a diplomatic gift marking the bicentenary of the American Revolution. It was also part of a global strategic initiative that saw Australian Studies visiting professorships spring up in places from Dublin and Copenhagen to Tokyo and Beijing. While not all such professorships have fared equally well, the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies has been bolstered by the financial largesse of its host institution as well as by its record of strong recruitment. In this episode of The ABR Podcast, Joan Beaumont reflects on the history of this unique institutional arrangement and what it might help us see about both the place of Australian studies in a global context and the future of collaborative research.' (Production introduction)

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y separately published work icon ‘This Woman My Grandmother’ Simon Tedeschi Reads His 2022 Calibre Prize-winning Essay Simon Tedeschi , Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24621003 2022 single work podcast 'Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists. He commenced piano studies when he was six and gave his first concerto performance at the age of eight, at the Sydney Opera House. He has performed with all the major Australian state orchestras, as well as many overseas, and he has released a number of recordings through Sony and ABC Classics.' 

(Production introduction)

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y separately published work icon The Writer as MFA Seminar : Beejay Silcox on Rhapsodising Helen Garner Rightly Beejay Silcox , Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24621104 2022 single work podcast

The Writers on Writers series aims to tease some of Australia’s literary treasures out of the Aladdin’s cave of canonicity. A collaboration between publisher Black Inc., the University of Melbourne, and the State Library of Victoria, it began in 2017 with Alice Pung’s book on John Marsden and Erik Jensen’s on Kate Jennings. The series now boasts eleven titles, the most recent of which is Sean O’Beirne’s book on Helen Garner. In this week’s episode of The ABR Podcast, Beejay Silcox points out the difficulty of pairing any writer with Garner, who ‘deserves a well-armed opponent, not an acolyte’. For Silcox, this latest instalment encapsulates the idiosyncrasies of the entire series of ‘not quite memoirs and not quite primers’ – idiosyncrasies that have perhaps ‘set [O’Beirne] up to fail’.(Production introduction)

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y separately published work icon John Harwood on Gwen Harwood and the Perils of Reticence John Harwood , Peter Rose (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2022 24765554 2022 single work podcast

'Ann-Marie Priest’s My Tongue Is My Own, published by La Trobe University Press and reviewed in our June issue, is the first authorised biography of the Australian poet Gwen Harwood (1920–1995). Unsurprisingly, this was not the first attempt to record the life of one of Australia’s most loved and admired poets. In an exclusive feature for ABR, John Harwood reflects on the conflicting motives behind his literary executorship of his mother’s estate – an estate holding the secrets to an at-times fractious marriage between two opposing temperaments.

'It’s a candid, fascinating addition to the vast literature surrounding Ian Hamilton’s Keepers of the Flame (1992) and the knotty ethics of literary biography.

'John Harwood has written poetry, fiction, biography, environmental journalism, literary criticism, and satire. His novels The Ghost Writer (2004), The Séance (2008), and The Asylum (2012) have been translated into several languages and won several awards. 

'This commentary is generously supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.' (Production summary)

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