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Can we entice you into our Reading Room? This is the place for lovers of language and literature, those of us who believe that reading is essential, as we seek to rise above the ordinary. another Solid Gold podcast #BeHeard

Can we entice you into our Reading Room? This is the place for lovers of language and literature, those of us who believe that reading is essential, as we seek to rise above the ordinary. another Solid Gold podcast #BeHeard

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South Africa

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Can we entice you into our Reading Room? This is the place for lovers of language and literature, those of us who believe that reading is essential, as we seek to rise above the ordinary. another Solid Gold podcast #BeHeard

Language:

English

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+27832271409


Episodes

#016 Wonder Woman! | Rosie Fiore

8/4/2021
Actress, teacher, author - No longer an author in Waiting! Meet Rosie Fiore (Author and most fabulous Gurlfrend) Born in good old Joburg, Rosie Fiore left our sunny shores to follow a literary life in London some 21 years ago. Having studied drama and working as a writer in TV, theatre and comedy - pretty much anything you could write for, Rosie did! - the dream of being a Proper Author took hold. And eight novels later (with one under the pseudonym Cass Hunter - 'The After Wife'), I think...

Duration:00:36:16

#015 Memento Mori | Michael Stanley

7/27/2021
The Anatomy of a Southern African 'Death' series Meet Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip (authors - co-writers under the pseudonym Michael Stanley) Critically acclaimed across the world for their series of original crime/mystery books, Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip are the writing duo, Michael Stanley. Featuring their African "Columbo", Detective 'Kubu' Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, their latest offering, 'Facets of Death' is a return to his past, and his...

Duration:00:41:36

#014 Moving the Veils of Smoke | Sarah Key

6/17/2021
Female Thriller Writers Taking over the Murder/Mystery World Long kept in the shadows, female mystery and thriller writers are coming to the fore, not only worldwide, but here in South Africa. Sarah Key, author of 5 books in the genre, chats to Melanie about being a female in what many perceive to be a Man's Domain, how to come up with a great idea, the Theatre of the Mind and how we're getting back to that, and what it means not only to get a book published, but to keep the thrill going!...

Duration:00:39:25

#013 Woman On Wheels | Jo Rust

5/22/2021
Adventurer and Mental coach Jo Rust circumnavigates Africa - SOLO Meet Jo Rust - World Record Holder. Author. Mental Health Activist. Jo Rust is the embodiment of the word 'gumption'! Which is what you'd need to ride around the whole African continent on 2 wheels - a woman alone with her motorsickle. Women over the decades have been blazing trails across the world, especially those women motorcycle riders. And now Adventure Travel queen Jo has put down her adventures of her record breaking...

Duration:00:37:35

#012 The Good Book Appreciation Society | Paige Nick

5/1/2021
Join Paige Nick (novelist, columnist and advertising copywriter) as we discuss what's worth reading and appreciating On South African authors, the art of short story writing, who's really who in the literary world, and what's worth listening to! Paige Nick has her finger on the pulse of words, how they're compiled and their meaning - and has piles to prove it! Share the joy on The Good Book Appreciation Society's Facebook page

Duration:00:33:32

#011 Johannesburg Then and Now | Marc Latilla

4/22/2021
How Heritage and the Past inform our Future In less than a century, the jumble of shabby tents and lean-tos that constituted Johannesburg's first settlement grew into a modern metropolis of towering office buildings and sprawling suburbs. This is the history of Johannesburg's rise compiled in one glorious picture book. Marc Latilla's research into the heritage of our strange City Of Gold brings new life to a city in transformation. Connect with Marc on LinkedIn

Duration:00:35:20

Pulp Non Fiction in Person | Bronwyn Williams (Economist / Trend Analyst / Futurist)

1/22/2021
Pulp Non Fiction in Person — Highly effective reading habits of a Successful Reader Bronwyn Williams (Economist / Trend Analyst / Futurist) What insights can this voracious reader impart? Well - Listen Here! If you are at a loss as to what to read that can make your mind take a quantum leap into the future, Bronwyn Williams has a number of interesting insights that will yield quantifiable results! What is she reading? What is she writing about reading and books? Should one actually read...

Duration:00:41:56

#010 Pulp Non Fiction in Person | Bronwyn Williams

1/22/2021
Highly effective reading habits of a Successful Reader Bronwyn Williams (Economist / Trend Analyst / Futurist) What insights can this voracious reader impart? Well - Listen Here! If you are at a loss as to what to read that can make your mind take a quantum leap into the future, Bronwyn Williams has a number of interesting insights that will yield quantifiable results! What is she reading? What is she writing about reading and books? Should one actually read the 'must read' books? And what...

Duration:00:41:56

If Trees Could Talk... | Megan Emmett Parker (author and senior producer in the environmental world)

12/10/2020
If Trees Could Talk... — And 100 of them you should get to know! Megan Emmett Parker (author and senior producer in the environmental world) With a Masters in environmental management, a conservation degree and a decade working as a senior producer on 50/50 on tv, Megan Parker has a solid grounding on all topics environmental. Her book, Game Ranger in your Backpack, has been selling out and reprinted yearly since release ten years ago. And her book on trees, originally titled If Trees...

Duration:00:30:22

#009 If Trees Could Talk... | Megan Emmett Parker

12/10/2020
And 100 of them you should get to know! Megan Emmett Parker (author and senior producer in the environmental world) With a Masters in environmental management, a conservation degree and a decade working as a senior producer on 50/50 on tv, Megan Parker has a solid grounding on all topics environmental. Her book, Game Ranger in your Backpack, has been selling out and reprinted yearly since release ten years ago. And her book on trees, originally titled If Trees Could Talk, now published by...

Duration:00:30:22

#008 The Logic of God | Jean-Marie Jullienne

11/5/2020
How Has the Cloud Moved? Jean-Marie Jullienne (Entrepreneurial Author) For centuries, visions and beliefs of and in "God" have been obscured in many ways, oftentimes through mistranslation of the original texts that make up the Scriptures, holy books and teachings. To many, religion seems to be either something which is divisive or not relevant to them in this day and age. But looking at the Writings from a different perspective can change our perception. Over a period of 35 years, Dr....

Duration:00:36:26

#007 This Way Forward | Cliff Matthews

9/26/2020
Taking the most rewarding path Cliff Matthews (Clinical Social Worker and Behavioral Specialist) Do you know the difference between self-confidence and self-esteem? If you'rsre lacking the latter, do you need a positive exercise routine to flex that mental muscle? Then #ListenHere! Giving us an unique insight into the challenges of maintaining your "authentic self" and self-esteem, author of This Way Forward, Cliff Matthews helps us to navigate the route sometimes hard to travel. This Way...

Duration:00:28:57

#006 The Power of Purpose | Richard Wright

9/22/2020
Whether you Think you Can or you Can’t - You're Right Richard Wright (Professional Speaker) This is not necessarily a treatise on overcoming cancer - although it in part is. It’s how Richard found the Wright way to deal with what life had thrown at him, how he came to find his life’s purpose, and how to obliterate obstacles. 'What is most needed right now is inspiration, motivation, encouragement and some help with a shift in thinking. If I can enrich lives in the smallest of ways at this...

Duration:00:19:09

#005 Paige Nick Walks into Our Bar | Paige Nick

9/16/2020
A Million Miles From Normal Paige Nick (novelist, columnist and advertising copywriter) Many people would know her from her weekly column on sex, dating, and romance, and other crazy shenanigans, in the Sunday Times newspaper. But Paige Nick is more than the sex-obsessed writer many people wrote in to the newspaper would have us believe! Nick's first book, A Million Miles from Normal (2010) and her second novel, This Way Up (2011), were followed by a co-authorship with Sarah Lotz and Helen...

Duration:00:33:49

#004 The Journey Man | Chris Marais

8/28/2020
Travels through the world of reporter Chris Marais Chris Marais (Author | Reporter | Brains behind KarooSpace.co.za) How many of you remember Scope magazine? That "raunchy" mag with great writing from back in the day? Or Style? A paean to gorgeousness in the 80s and 90s... Great journalism comes in sometimes surprising places, and one who contributed greatly to their popularity is Chris Marais. In his time, Chris has been a deadline-crazy newspaper reporter for some top South African titles...

Duration:00:40:55

#003 Just doing it | David Bullard

8/25/2020
He's been Out To Lunch for Years! David Bullard (Columnist | Author | TV Presenter | Celebrity Public Speaker) Known for his controversial satire, David Bullard, SA's voice of calm in a time of faux outrage, takes no prisoners when he takes people out to lunch. With his penchant for creating a furore at every opportunity, mainly through his widely read column, "Out to Lunch", Bullard has taken on new media and Woke wannabe "Rock Stars" with gusto on Twitter, even causing a storm in the South...

Duration:00:29:41

#002 Pedants of the world - Revolt! | Sue de Groot

8/24/2020
Making peace with a piece is not as piquing as sneaky peaking Sue de Groot (Sunday Times and Times Live | Deputy Features Editor and Columnist) Autocorrect: making Twitter pedants delete and re-tweet since 2007 - Cassandra Page Pedantry attitude; human behaviour, displaying obsession with detail or process, often negatively perceived For the Grammar Nazis and busy spelling-bees out there, Sue de Groot's "Pedant Class" in the Sunday Times was a main reason for buying the paper. Now found on...

Duration:00:31:58

#001 It’s Electrifying! | Gus Silber

8/23/2020
Digital Graffiti from Gus Silber's Wall Gus Silber (Journalist | Author | Scriptwriter | Speechwriter | TweetWriter) Over the last few years, columnist, scriptwriter and author Gus Silber has written some extraordinary commentary pieces on his journeys around his neighbourhood in Johannesburg and his digital wanderings through the global village we call social media, and posted them to Facebook. This latest tour de force, Electric Graffiti: Musings on a Facebook Wall, takes us on a magical...

Duration:00:39:32