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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


With Robyn Hodge, Sarah McInnes and Bernard Ryan.

Book News: Stephanie Crawford, our Melbourne correspondent called in to tell us about…
- The Froth & Bubble Literary Festival in Torquay. The weekend of 19/20 June, all events are free. The Geelong Regional Library Corporation will be providing the Living Library on both the Saturday and Sunday between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm at Torquay College, 45-55 Grossmans Road, Torquay. To reserve a book, readers will need to email their name, contact details, book selection and preferred time to Tiarni Blair at the Geelong Regional Library Corporation. For more information
- First Tuesday Book Club with Jennifer Byrne, 10.05pm tonight ABC1. Tonight’s guest panelists, Lionel Shriver and one of Ireland’s best known authors Colm Toibin, they will discuss reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
- The Cricket Poetry Award. Poets from test playing nations are invited to submit a poem celebrating aspects of life in and around the game and sport of cricket, in settings of backyard cricket, beach cricket, club cricket or social cricket. The genre may be narrative, dramatic, satirical, lyrical, elegy or verse fable. The Cricket Poetry Award will be run in conjunction with the Cricket Art Prize, and the winner will be announced at the Cricket Art Prize opening event at the Members Pavilion of the SCG – 7th Oct 2010. The Cricket Poetry Award offers AU$2000 to the winning poet with international exposure for the top twenty poems. Entries close on the 1st of September. For more information
SONG: Yves Klein Blue – ‘Make up your mind’.

REVIEW: Bernard reviews Muriel Barbery’s ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’.
Reflects 1990s Paris and its ambience. The hedgehog of the title is Renee Michel, a middle-aged concierge in a multi-story upper-class apartment Paris. A humble widow, she is all but ignored by the residents of the block, her only friend a Portuguese cleaning lady. She has however a deep secret. In spite of coming from a peasant family, Renee Michel is an autodact. She is profoundly educated in European philosophy, literature and music. Meanwhile, unknown to her a precocious 12 year old, Paloma, is slowly thinking her way towards a spectacular suicide at age 16. She fills in her time developing profound thoughts about human existence. When Mr Kakuro Ozo moves in he befriends them all and the turning point of the novel is born.
Main characters are well drawn up, with strong motifs. Have a dictionary handy as there are some words that popup that you may not know. Very interesting read, easy to follow, ‘unputdownable’!


INTERVIEW: Local author Garry Kinnane.
Garry reads a passage of his childhood memoir, ‘Shadowed Days’, from the Mt Macedon section. Shows the great imagery of the writing. Bernard discusses what he loved about the story after having read the memoir. Sarah interviews Garry on how the memoir came to be, his struggles growing up and love of writing.

SPONSORS / SONG: Jack’s Castle – ‘The Dalai Lama on a Colour TV’.

INTERVIEW: JD Shaw, poet from NSW.
Sarah interviews Jamie on his childhood, leaving school early, conservation and the wildlife work that saw him seriously burnt in a fire, changing his life forever.

SONG: Claire Hollingsworth – ‘Craft Savvy Criminal’.

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