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.
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 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.
Jennifer Byrne presents a special on fantasy - the realm of magic, marvels, and massive sales figures. Fantasy is the world's biggest-selling form of fiction. Oldest, too, the roots of fantasy going back to the very start of story - from The Odyssey to Beowulf, from One Thousand and One Nights to legends of King Arthur. All essentially fantasy - though usually kept on different shelves in the bookshop.
Two of the greatest joys of life, good books and great food, are combined as never before in an exuberant and entertaining half hour as Jennifer Byrne Presents Writing With Food. Jennifer's guests include Mikey Robins, Gay Bilson, Marion Halligan and Lindsay McDougall.
Dan is on his second patrol to the Botany Bay area when he's asked to capture a native dog to take back to the colony's Governor. Only trouble is the dog in question - Lapa - belongs to Waruwi, the girl Dan befriended last time he was in the area.
The Grammar Of Happiness follows the story of Daniel Everett amongst the extraordinary 'unconvertible' Amazonian Piraha tribe, a group of indigenous hunter-gatherers whose culture and outlook on life has taken the world of linguistics by storm.
This month on The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by journalist Mark Colvin and Jane Allen, writer of the ABC drama Crownies. The two books being reviewed are Claire Messud's new release The Woman Upstairs, and Flann O'Brien's surrealist classic The Third Policeman.
Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 130 years. In episode ten, Bertie wants to buy a special gift to welcome his brother Eddie home from the war. He thinks that a pair of brown brogue shoes is just what his brother will need. Bertie is doing all he can to save the money, including putting on a magic show.
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'.
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.
The fifth episode of My Place follows Davey, a young stable boy working for the powerful Owen family. When he learns that his favourite horse, Duchess, is to be sold to the local tannery, he decides to put everything on the line to save her.
Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit and journeys into a topsy-turvey world that gets curiouser and curiouser as her fantastical adventures unfold. Meet the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more unforgettable characters all set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring splendour.
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.
Intelligent, provocative, glamorous and intriguing, this three-part series points the camera at the inside pages and inner workings of the first international medium. Venture inside the editor's suite and go on location to the interviews and the photo shoots of the greatest magazines in the world.
Once upon a time there was a campfire where we sat and shared our stories... We spoke them aloud. Until - being a clever species - we found other ways to tell those tales. First we bound them into manuscripts, and from the late Middle Ages - and Gutenberg - we printed them out in books. Early last century came the paperback... now the e-book. But you only have to see the massive growth in book clubs and writers festivals to know we still like to gather and share stories.
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. This month Jennifer is joined by an extra-special guest when she chats to one of the world's most prolific and popular authors - Alexander McCall Smith.
Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin followed a wayward path to the page. A one-time swineherd, he has also been a tax collector, reviewer of hi-fi equipment and punk musician. These experiences have all curiously made their way into his much loved crime novels. In Rankin's latest book, Standing In Another Man's Grave, his most famous literary creation, Inspector Rebus, returns after a long absence.
McEwan is one of those rare authors whose work is loved equally by both critics and readers. His first novel The Cement Garden was published in 1976 and since then he's written some of the great books of the past four decades; On Chesil Beach, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, Saturday, and Atonement.
Minna lives with strict German-born parents who privately hope their young daughter's friendship with the well-to-do Owen children - Toby, Harold and Adelaide - will do her some good. However, Minna's parents have no clue what these kids get up to when they're on their own. Their favourite game is seeing who can scare the others the most. But when the Owens blame Minna for a disaster caused by their own children, Minna decides to give them the fright of their life.
Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 130 years. In episode nine, Kath and Lorna are the best of friends. The two set off on a day of harmless relaxation, wheeling Kath's baby brother in his pram with her annoying younger sister, Bridie, in tow.
Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by movie reviewer, David Stratton and author Delia Falconer to discuss new release The Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and Elizabeth Harrower's, The Watch Tower.
Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 130 years. In episode five, Sofia is a spy for the yayas and she's determined to get rid of her brother Michaelis's non-Greek girlfriend before he leaves for Vietnam.
Tony travels to the Eden Valley where he explores the remains of a 300 million year old tropical sea. He marvels at the magnificent engineering feat of the Smardale Gill viaduct, tries his hand at making Cumbria's most celebrated food and hitches a ride in a classic coach that provides a vital transport link to rural communities. Tony investigates the 21st century technology driving a traditional dairy farm and gets a master class in working with border collies.
Tony's taking to the skies for a bird's-eye-view of the journey ahead from the cockpit of a glider in the North Yorkshire Moors. Back on the ground, he admires the epic scale of the ruins of Riveaulx Abbey and uncovers the epic tale of 11th century power and greed that eventually saw the monastery brought down.
Tony's in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, meeting the community who came together to save local production of Yorkshire's most famous food, Wensleydale Cheese. On the heather moorlands, Tony meets bee keepers working with local farmers to produce award-winning honey with a distinctive taste.
You have to be quiet when you're in a library. But that's very hard for Lola when she can't find her favourite book, Beetles Bugs and Butterflies. Charlie introduces her to books about dinosaurs, and books about Romans, and he even takes her into a beautiful Chinese pop-up book. But nothing matches Beetles Bugs and Butterflies. Or does it?
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