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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
It's the school play and Lola is determined to be The Sun. She knows the part will be hers because yellow is her favourite colour. She was born to play the sun! Imagine her disappointment when she finds out that she's a leaf. And not only that, she's a boring brown autumn leaf. But, with Charlie's help, Lola discovers how leaves are far from boring. And when the big day arrives, Lola is the best leaf in the whole wide forest.
Once they understand what a fossil actually is, Lola and Lotta are determined to find one. Charlie isn't so sure they will. "That's not a fossil, Lola, it's a lolly stick." Undeterred, Lola searches in her lunchbox, in the sandpit, then mum says they can look in the rockery. They find all sorts of things, but no actual fossils. Then they go to the beach. Will they ever find an actual fossil that is very special and extremely ancient?
Mum and Dad let Charlie and Lola go 'camping' in the garden. Charlie is kitted up like a real explorer, and is all excited by the prospect of wild animals, survival and living off the land. But Lola isn't so sure. Home seems a long way away, and what's more, it's started raining. Suddenly the idea of camping doesn't seem fun anymore and Lola wants to go back inside. Then Charlie has a really good idea.
Lola is packing to go to Lotta's for the night. And she is packing everything because her and Lotta are going to play Cinderella! This means that Charlie and Marv can have the whole bedroom to themselves to set up an enormous race track of their own. Disaster strikes when Lola realises she has left her suitcase at home, and Charlie and Marv find they are missing a really important piece of track. Imagination comes to the rescue in the form of a teaspoon and an intergalactic space race. But where exactly did that missing bit of track go?
Marv and Charlie are off to the insect house and Marv's little brother Morton is coming round to play with Lola. Lola is very excited and is sure that Morton will be her new friend who lives down the stairs.
Lola is a very fussy eater, she won't eat mushrooms, or peas or fishfingers and she will never ever eat a tomato! Charlie helps her to discover that peas are really green drops from Green Land and mashed potato is cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji. But will she eat that tiny weeny tomato? Never! But she might just eat a moonsquirter.
Marv's Mum says Sizzles really is a very naughty dog but Lola knows this isn't true. Sizzle just needs some practice! Charlie and Lola take Sizzles back to their flat and set about 'training' him. Things aren't going well and then they discover that Sizzles will do anything for a sausage. Which is fine until Morten, Marv's little brother, eats Sizzles Sausage by accident!
Charlie and Lola are on a recycling mission. They involve the whole school, determined to enter a competition that could win them all a real tree to plant! But time is running out and they don't have enough recyclable items.
You can't have a picnic without swirly tennis and sunshine. Lola, Lotta, Charlie and Marv are really excited because they have all of those things. But just as the fun is about to begin, the storm clouds gather.
Lola is sure that she is a good dancer, but some dancing is a bit too swirly, some is too jumpy, and ballet is too floaty. Mini Reader tries to teach Lola to tap dance but that proves to be too shuffly and not tappy enough.
Explore depictions of Australia and it's culture through a special collection of films representing life Down Under with a range of selected content for all ages. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073, VCHHC097, VCHHC098, VCHHC100)