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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

e Blurb, 11/5/10, with Robyn Hodge, Sarah McInnes and John Bartlett.

NEWS: Unfortunately a very wet and windy week everyone!

SONG: Elvis ‘A Little Less Conversation A Little More Action’.

INTERVIEW: Author Neil Humphreys was in the studio to talk about his latest book ‘Match Fixer’, a fictional story about the corruption in soccer leagues. Sports journalist, Nick Mcaveney, joined us by phone to help us with our soccer knowledge!
Neil had a lot of great stories about his time in England and Singapore, and the hold that corruption and gambling have on Singapore’s culture.

SPONSORS / SONG: The Hipstones ‘Dreamers’

- Garry Disher author meeting (which John will be attending and hopefully getting a great interview). Sunday 16th May at the Geelong City Library, 2-3pm.
- A lecture given by Dr Helen Caldicott on ‘The perils of all things nuclear’. Also at the Geelong City Library, on May 19th at 5.30pm (for a 6pm start).
Register for these events by calling the Geelong City Library on 52726010 or through their website.

BOOK REVIEW: John Bartlett reviews ‘The Long Song’ by Andrew Levy.
The book is humorous without being trivial. The Caribbean slave girl who narrates the story is interesting, entertaining and has an authentic broken English sound. The writing is very theatrical and could easily be imagined as a movie or television series. The book juxtapositions the idea of what a white lady should be, during that time, and what a black Caribbean girl really is. The slave girl narrating the story is renamed Margaret after her white caretaker decides it is a much nicer name than her own, July. The book was very informative about Jamaican slavery and the events of its time, definitely worth the read as the story twists and turns through the intertwined relationships of the characters.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Call in to win a book and the chance to tell The Blurb about it at 94.7 The Pulse! Call on 5222 5947.
Books include ‘Out of the Bottle’ by Sally Wise and ‘One-pot Cooking’ from Super Food Ideas (magazine).

PRE-RECORDED INTERVIEW: Sarah speaks to author Arnold Zable during his workshop last Wednesday at the Belmont Library. Arnold discusses his workshop, what attracted him to writing, his lecture later that day on writers and the persecution they face, and his involvement in a program to help people affected by the Black Saturday fires.

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