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From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, ...

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, this series combines human stories, expert interviews and historic archive, to reveal the astonishing beauty of books.

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from childrens' stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, ...

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from childrens' stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, this series combines human stories, expert interviews and historic archive, to reveal the astonishing beauty of books.

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, ...

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, this series combines human stories, expert interviews and historic archive, to reveal the astonishing beauty of books.

Tristan is a huge fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. In fact, you could call him a superfan. Tristan has a lot of questions to ask, and they even work on a new ...

Tristan is a huge fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. In fact, you could call him a superfan. Tristan has a lot of questions to ask, and they even work on a new character together.

Have you seen bear? Help writer/actor Nakkiah Lui and Play School's Big Ted find 'Bear' in Jonathan Bentley's adventurous and endearing picture book Where Is Bear?

Have you seen bear? Help writer/actor Nakkiah Lui and Play School's Big Ted find 'Bear' in Jonathan Bentley's adventurous and endearing picture book Where Is Bear?

ABC News presenter Kumi Taguchi swaps the news desk for the Story Time couch to read Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley's beloved story about Pamela the cow, Too Many ...

ABC News presenter Kumi Taguchi swaps the news desk for the Story Time couch to read Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley's beloved story about Pamela the cow, Too Many Pears.

Join the 2017 Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson and Play School's Humpty Dumpty as they read the heartwarming tale of 'Snail and Turtle Rainy Days' by Stephen Michael King.

Join the 2017 Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson and Play School's Humpty Dumpty as they read the heartwarming tale of 'Snail and Turtle Rainy Days' by Stephen Michael King.

Don't miss Paralympic gold medallist and tennis player Dylan Alcott as he reads Nick Bland's The Very Itchy Bear, alongside Big Ted, Maurice and Little Ted.

Don't miss Paralympic gold medallist and tennis player Dylan Alcott as he reads Nick Bland's The Very Itchy Bear, alongside Big Ted, Maurice and Little Ted.

Snuggle up with Fiona Choi and the Play School toys to hear the heartwarming story of a big journey through the snow for a little wombat. Don't miss The Snow Wombat by ...

Snuggle up with Fiona Choi and the Play School toys to hear the heartwarming story of a big journey through the snow for a little wombat. Don't miss The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers, and illustrated by Mark Jackson.

In this episode, Emma Wiggle is joined by Play School's Joey. Join the fun as they read Wombat Big, Puggle Small by Renee Treml - a book of opposites, playful rhymes and ...

In this episode, Emma Wiggle is joined by Play School's Joey. Join the fun as they read Wombat Big, Puggle Small by Renee Treml - a book of opposites, playful rhymes and stunning illustrations.

Story Time is a show made especially for preschoolers and each episode features a different story teller with help from Teddy Bear called Tall Ted. Every show ends with a ...

Story Time is a show made especially for preschoolers and each episode features a different story teller with help from Teddy Bear called Tall Ted. Every show ends with a craft activity that parents can attain from the www.tallted.com web site so that they can interact with their children and relive the Story Time experience.

Australian comedian Lawrence Leung reads Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd to the Play School toys on the Story Time couch.

Australian comedian Lawrence Leung reads Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd to the Play School toys on the Story Time couch.

ABC's 7.30 host Leigh Sales takes to the Story Time couch with Play School's Jemima to read an epic tale about the first chook in space. Hear all about Zelda's Big Adventure, ...

ABC's 7.30 host Leigh Sales takes to the Story Time couch with Play School's Jemima to read an epic tale about the first chook in space. Hear all about Zelda's Big Adventure, by Marie Alafaci and illustrated by Shane McG.

Snuggle up with Emma Wiggle on the Story Time couch as she reads the quacking classic picture book Ducks Away! by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek alongside Play School's Little Ted.

Snuggle up with Emma Wiggle on the Story Time couch as she reads the quacking classic picture book Ducks Away! by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek alongside Play School's Little Ted.

Snuggle up with Big Ted and the gang as Story Time returns with another collection of loved stories read by an exciting array of storytellers, including Jack Charles, Emma ...

Snuggle up with Big Ted and the gang as Story Time returns with another collection of loved stories read by an exciting array of storytellers, including Jack Charles, Emma Alberici, Casey Donovan and Kumi Taguchi.

Join comedian Rove McManus and Play School's Little Ted as they read a story about a cheeky pug dog in Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey. What mischief will Pig the Pug get up to ...

Join comedian Rove McManus and Play School's Little Ted as they read a story about a cheeky pug dog in Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey. What mischief will Pig the Pug get up to next?

A delightful new Play School series featuring some of Australia's most loved celebrities as they snuggle up on the Story Time couch and read entertaining picture books written ...

A delightful new Play School series featuring some of Australia's most loved celebrities as they snuggle up on the Story Time couch and read entertaining picture books written by Australian authors.

A delightful new Play School series featuring some of Australia's most loved celebrities as they snuggle up on the Story Time couch and read entertaining picture books written ...

A delightful new Play School series featuring some of Australia's most loved celebrities as they snuggle up on the Story Time couch and read entertaining picture books written by Australian authors.

Snuggle up with Debra Lawrance on the Story Time couch as she reads Charlote Voake's Ginger an affectionate account of pet rivalry.

Snuggle up with Debra Lawrance on the Story Time couch as she reads Charlote Voake's Ginger an affectionate account of pet rivalry.

Karen Pang joins her friends on the Story Time couch to share a delightful and entertaining peek into the life of one very busy wombat! Don't miss Jackie French and ...

Karen Pang joins her friends on the Story Time couch to share a delightful and entertaining peek into the life of one very busy wombat! Don't miss Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley's "Diary Of A Wombat".

Join the fun as Adam Liaw and the Play School toys read the classic tale of The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat by author LR Hen and illustrator Jago.

Join the fun as Adam Liaw and the Play School toys read the classic tale of The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat by author LR Hen and illustrator Jago.

Roar with laughter as Faustina Agolley reads the hilarious Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur? by Kylie Westaway and illustrator Tom Jellett.

Roar with laughter as Faustina Agolley reads the hilarious Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur? by Kylie Westaway and illustrator Tom Jellett.

Australian actor Marta Dusseldorp reads Hello Little Babies by Alison Lester to the Play School toys on the Story Time couch.

Australian actor Marta Dusseldorp reads Hello Little Babies by Alison Lester to the Play School toys on the Story Time couch.

Jimmy Giggle and Hoot join the Play School toys to read Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson. Three baby owls wake in the night to find their mum ...

Jimmy Giggle and Hoot join the Play School toys to read Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson. Three baby owls wake in the night to find their mum gone! Will she come back soon?

Join the fun as Osamah Sami and the Play School toys read the classic tale of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by author Michael Rosen.

Join the fun as Osamah Sami and the Play School toys read the classic tale of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by author Michael Rosen.

Join Australian women's rugby sevens star, Ellia Green, and Play School's Joey as they read a story about dreams, believing in yourself and a dancing kangaroo. Tune in for ...

Join Australian women's rugby sevens star, Ellia Green, and Play School's Joey as they read a story about dreams, believing in yourself and a dancing kangaroo. Tune in for Josephine Wants to Dance.

English-born poet Hugo travels across his adopted nation, attempting to reconcile his ancestors' role in its colonial past.

English-born poet Hugo travels across his adopted nation, attempting to reconcile his ancestors' role in its colonial past.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. In this episode, Jennifer is joined by special guests; Andrea Goldsmith, Mark Colvin, ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. In this episode, Jennifer is joined by special guests; Andrea Goldsmith, Mark Colvin, Toby Schmitz and Posie Graeme Evans to discuss the all important genre of Love.

What have the Seven Deadly Sins morphed into today? Are they really so deadly? Are you guilty of any of them? And how have they been represented in art and literature? Join ...

What have the Seven Deadly Sins morphed into today? Are they really so deadly? Are you guilty of any of them? And how have they been represented in art and literature? Join Jennifer Byrne and her panel of esteemed guests for a sinfully good seven weeks' viewing of deadly sins.

Most well known as author of the best selling Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert chats with Jennifer Byrne about life after a literary smash hit, writing and her forthcoming ...

Most well known as author of the best selling Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert chats with Jennifer Byrne about life after a literary smash hit, writing and her forthcoming new release, The Signature of All Things.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors, and investigations into the popularity ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors, and investigations into the popularity of writing genres like crime, sex and romance and fantasy. In this episode, Jennifer and guests embark on a fascinating exploration of one of the most popular writing genres - literary hoaxes.

Jennifer Byrne and a panel of esteemed guests are presenting a sinfully good seven weeks' viewing of deadly sins. This week the final sin Gluttony will be discussed in all of ...

Jennifer Byrne and a panel of esteemed guests are presenting a sinfully good seven weeks' viewing of deadly sins. This week the final sin Gluttony will be discussed in all of its 'guilt inducing glory'.

Tony Jordan examines Charles Dickens' popular novel Great Expectations. Jordan investigates why the author changed the ending of the book, and asks what this tells the reader ...

Tony Jordan examines Charles Dickens' popular novel Great Expectations. Jordan investigates why the author changed the ending of the book, and asks what this tells the reader about the writer.

Simon Russell Beale examines Shakespeare's First Folio, exploring what can be learnt about the Bard's character and his collaborative writing process from this rare printed ...

Simon Russell Beale examines Shakespeare's First Folio, exploring what can be learnt about the Bard's character and his collaborative writing process from this rare printed volume from 1623.

Jennifer and her guests are looking at the tricky business of transforming our beloved books into cinema. Joining Jennifer on the panel are John Marsden, Ana Kokkinos, John ...

Jennifer and her guests are looking at the tricky business of transforming our beloved books into cinema. Joining Jennifer on the panel are John Marsden, Ana Kokkinos, John Collee and Margaret Pomeranz.

Cerys Matthews explores the Mabinogion, a medieval book of ancient folk tales which includes the first-ever appearance of King Arthur. Translated from Welsh to English in the ...

Cerys Matthews explores the Mabinogion, a medieval book of ancient folk tales which includes the first-ever appearance of King Arthur. Translated from Welsh to English in the 19th century by Charlotte Guest, the influence of the book can be seen today in the works of JRR Tolkien and in Game of Thrones. The presenter examines the original manuscripts, and visits some of the locations in Wales that inspired many of the stories.

This month, First Tuesday Book Club host Jennifer Byrne, and regulars Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined on the panel by business leader, speaker and author Geoffrey ...

This month, First Tuesday Book Club host Jennifer Byrne, and regulars Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined on the panel by business leader, speaker and author Geoffrey Cousins, and Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Submerged Cathedral, The Children and Animal People.

Journalist and author Bidisha examines Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, questioning the main themes of the novel and asking what the characterisation of the mad Creole woman in ...

Journalist and author Bidisha examines Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, questioning the main themes of the novel and asking what the characterisation of the mad Creole woman in the attic says about they author's views on colonialism. T

Six Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. This week Joely ...

Six Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. This week Joely Richardson investigates Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

Legendary director Trevor Nunn, (who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all), takes us through the magical and mysterious world ...

Legendary director Trevor Nunn, (who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all), takes us through the magical and mysterious world created in The Tempest, Shakespeare's last complete play.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres. They reveal the conventions, controversies, and titles that have helped shaped the literary landscape. This month, Jennifer brings in the heavy artillery of the publishing world, those authors whose books always appear in the front of the shops. While critics tend to ignore their work, the books sell in their millions, and bring huge pleasure to many readers.

Alexandra Harris examines Virginia Woolf's classic novel Mrs Dalloway, and finds out how the post-war climate of confusion and uncertainty, but also of progression in the ...

Alexandra Harris examines Virginia Woolf's classic novel Mrs Dalloway, and finds out how the post-war climate of confusion and uncertainty, but also of progression in the 1920s influenced the free-form style of the book.

Around 25,000 books and scholarly articles have been written about every aspect of WWI, from well-known works such as All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, ...

Around 25,000 books and scholarly articles have been written about every aspect of WWI, from well-known works such as All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, to Gallipoli and The Great War by Les Carlyon, alongside books of poetry and verse from the 1930s. This special program will invite a panel of guests including Merrick Watts, Peter Fitzsimons, and Dr Christina Spittel to bring their favourite books to discuss and recommend to the audience.

Adapted from the children's book by Walter Farley, this animal-lovers' treat follows a boy named Alec from shipwreck to the winner's circle with the stunning horse that ...

Adapted from the children's book by Walter Farley, this animal-lovers' treat follows a boy named Alec from shipwreck to the winner's circle with the stunning horse that befriends him. While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once-successful trainer. Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world.

A series of intimate portraits of Australia's leading authors; their work practices, their quirks and habits, their 'imaginative habitat'.

A series of intimate portraits of Australia's leading authors; their work practices, their quirks and habits, their 'imaginative habitat'.

A series of intimate portraits of Australia's leading authors; their work practices, their quirks and habits, their 'imaginative habitat'.

A series of intimate portraits of Australia's leading authors; their work practices, their quirks and habits, their 'imaginative habitat'.

Part two of IOU honours Queensland poet Judith Wright. Wright, who died in 2000, was one of Australia's most important and influential literary figures. We pay tribute to her ...

Part two of IOU honours Queensland poet Judith Wright. Wright, who died in 2000, was one of Australia's most important and influential literary figures. We pay tribute to her life and poetry in IOU: Judith Wright through interviews with a number of Australian artists, poets and musicians who were influenced by her work.

American science writer Dava Sobel writes about the natural wonders of the world. Space, time, the stars and planets are her thing, and her special skill has been to make them ...

American science writer Dava Sobel writes about the natural wonders of the world. Space, time, the stars and planets are her thing, and her special skill has been to make them a little less mysterious while retaining a sense of awe and amazement. She has won a number of major awards for her popular expositions of scientific topics.

A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer Byrne for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres.

A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer Byrne for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres.

A Poet's Guide To Britain
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A Poet's Guide To Britain: Sylvia Plath

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC2  |  October 24, 2010
Sylvia Plath is one of the most popular and influential poets of recent history but her poetry is often overshadowed by her life. Owen explores a rich seam of her poetry.

Sylvia Plath is one of the most popular and influential poets of recent history but her poetry is often overshadowed by her life. Owen explores a rich seam of her poetry.

Program writer Owen Sheers travels to the Orkney town of Stromness, the home of George Mackay Brown, the great poetic voice of the Orkneys and one of the foremost Scottish ...

Program writer Owen Sheers travels to the Orkney town of Stromness, the home of George Mackay Brown, the great poetic voice of the Orkneys and one of the foremost Scottish poets of the twentieth century.

Jennifer Byrne talks to one of Australia's most prolific writers Tom Keneally as he celebrates 50 years in print. Traversing his many successes as well as some of the ...

Jennifer Byrne talks to one of Australia's most prolific writers Tom Keneally as he celebrates 50 years in print. Traversing his many successes as well as some of the criticisms he's faced over the decades.

In this episode, Jennifer Byrne talks to one of Australia's most critically acclaimed and successful authors, Geraldine Brooks. Brooks is the author of the 2005 Pulitzer ...

In this episode, Jennifer Byrne talks to one of Australia's most critically acclaimed and successful authors, Geraldine Brooks. Brooks is the author of the 2005 Pulitzer Prizewinning March, Year of Wonders, and the non fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

This week Jennifer and her guests discuss something very close to their hearts, not a genre, not a title, but the thing itself - the old fashioned book. How we read it. How ...

This week Jennifer and her guests discuss something very close to their hearts, not a genre, not a title, but the thing itself - the old fashioned book. How we read it. How long we'll keep on reading it.

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of fiction genres like crime, sex and romance and fantasy. Tonight Jennifer speaks to three of her literary heroes - Peter Carey, Paul Auster and Ian McEwan.

During her visit to Australia this year celebrating her 80th birthday primatologist and environmental campaigner, Jane Goodall, talks about her groundbreaking research on ...

During her visit to Australia this year celebrating her 80th birthday primatologist and environmental campaigner, Jane Goodall, talks about her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees and her conservation work.

A Poet's Guide To Britain
28:53

A Poet's Guide To Britain: Louis Macneice

Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  ABC2  |  November 14, 2010
Louis MacNeice, was one of the big guns of British poetry in the 30s and 40s but whose name is less well known today. This film takes a stroll into one of his finest poems, ...

Louis MacNeice, was one of the big guns of British poetry in the 30s and 40s but whose name is less well known today. This film takes a stroll into one of his finest poems, called simply, 'Woods'.

From Harry Potter to Twilight and The Hunger Games, young adult (YA) fiction is bigger than ever. Anyone who has walked into a bookstore in recent years will know that teen ...

From Harry Potter to Twilight and The Hunger Games, young adult (YA) fiction is bigger than ever. Anyone who has walked into a bookstore in recent years will know that teen titles dominate the front of the shop. Gone are the days of fairy tales and Boy's Own adventures. The youth fiction of today is increasingly dark, tackling taboos and offering nightmarish visions of the future. What has brought about this progression? How has this once niche area of the publishing market become an industry colossus? Why is the domain of young adults now one for grown-ups too?

It's always a good feeling when you see people helping people (and non-people). Explore the themes of self-satisfaction and positive role models through various different characters.
After your secondary students have finished reading their recommended texts, encourage them to "compare and contrast" classic and popular books with their movie adaptations from Australia and Hollywood.
The English language has evolved into far more than an integral communicative tool. Explore the power of words as a spotlight is shone on the next generation of wordsmiths.
Today's complex structure of classrooms make it difficult to use a single approach to teach reading and writing. This literacy focus playlist assists in teaching reading and writing for all learners.
What do The Lion King and The Bad Sleep Well have in common? They're based on Hamlet! Transformative texts recreate aspects of a story to reveal new contexts through adaptation and intertextuality.
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