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Books and Arts Daily explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts, and features interviews with local and international authors and artists.

Books and Arts Daily explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts, and features interviews with local and international authors and artists.
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Books and Arts Daily explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts, and features interviews with local and international authors and artists.




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Impersonal Space, Jennifer Egan, Peter Houghton and Richard Flanagan

Impersonal Space is a new play about a young girl on the autism spectrum and is directed and performed by actors with autism, the Pulitzer prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan's latest novel Manhattan Beach, actor, director and playwright Peter Houghton shares what's on his Top Shelf and Richard Flanagan's new novel, First Person, a meditation on the thin line between truth and lies, memoir and fiction.

Duration: 00:52:48

Best of Books and Arts: George Saunders, Wayne McGregor, Art of the Holden

Join us for the best of this week's Books and Arts.

Duration: 00:53:51

The hyper real art of Patricia Piccinini and travelling Bombay's red light district with Anosh Irani

We speak to Patricia Piccinini who is one of the many artists represented in The National Gallery of Australia's new show Hyper-Real, and Indian Canadian writer Anosh Irani reveals the real life stories behind his latest novel, The Parcel, about the sex trafficinking trade in Bombay.

Duration: 00:54:21

Tim Storrier, McClean Edwards, Nat Randall and the Art of the Holden

Australian artist Tim Storrier has taken out the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize for his portrait of fellow artist Mclean Edwards, for the Liveworks Festival at Sydney's Carriageworks Nat Randall recreates a scene from a 1977 film by the American director John Cassavetes and as Holden's last car plant in Australia closes we consider the artistic legacy of the Holden.

Duration: 00:54:08

Man Booker winner George Saunders, We Love Arabs, and Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

We speak to 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner George Saunders, hear about a dance work that explores the Arab Israeli conflict, and visit the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art in Adelaide.

Duration: 00:53:03

Batavia shipwreck, choreographer Wayne McGregor, Tasmanian gothic fiction

Batavia shipwreck exhibition at the University of Western Australia, choreographer Wayne McGregor's dance work Tree of Codes at Melbourne Festival, Tasmanian gothic fiction with Rachel Leary and Rohan Wilson.

Duration: 00:53:51

Tarnanthi festival, Shaun Micallef and Melanie Cheng

An exhibition of artists from the tiny Erub Island in the Torres Strait and Dean Cross' PolyAustralis on at the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in Adelaide, Australian author, actor and comedian Shaun Micallef turns his hand to children's books with a collection of fairy stories for younger readers called Tales from a Tall Forest, and Australia Day is the debut collection of short stories from Melanie Cheng - and it won her the 2016 Victorian...

Duration: 00:53:19

Best of Books and Arts: Kyo Maclear

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Duration: 00:53:51

Sebastian Smee on Gerhard Richter, Daniel Handler's All the Dirty Parts, Tarnanthi Festival and WA sculptor Kim Perrier

Art critic Sebastian Smee takes a look at the work and career of Gerhard Richter ahead his first major Australia exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, and Kate Evans finds out why Daniel Handler's latest book about teen sexuality could only be published in America as an adult novel. We also check in with Michael Cathcart who is in Adelaide for the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, and head to the bushland with WA sculptor Kim Perrier.

Duration: 00:54:28

Writer Kyo Maclear and her new book about suburban nature

Birds, Art, Life, Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant is a book exploring writer Kyo Maclear's own Toronto backyard. A conversation recorded at the 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival

Duration: 00:54:23

Books and Arts 11 October 2017

We revisit the work of writer and composer Anthony Burgess in the year of the centenary of his birth, visit a lab dedicated to the restoration and preservation of frames at the National Gallery of Victoria and investigate an art exhibition that explores the connection between gardening and being an artist.

Duration: 00:52:59

Maggie O'Farrell's book I am I am I am, The Pop-Up Globe, Joseph Kosuth's art exhibition, women in the video game industry.

Maggie O'Farrell's book of true stories I am I am I am, The Pop-Up Globe in Australia, Joseph Kosuth's art exhibition A Short History of My Thought, Code Breakers an exhibition about women in the video game industry at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Duration: 00:54:06

Nathan Maynard, Cressida Cowell, Brentley Frazer and Lori Pensini

Playwright Nathan Maynard tells us about his love-filled comedy about an Aboriginal family The Season, English writer Cressida Cowell's new magical series The Wizards of Once, Brisbane writer Brentley Frazer shares his favourite works of art for Top Shelf and West Australian artist Lori Pensini.

Duration: 00:53:40

Best of Books and Arts: Joanna Murray-Smith, Proximity Festival, Stephen King's It

Join us for the best of this week's Books and Arts.

Duration: 00:53:51

Electric Fields, Nobel Prize for Literature and Michelle de Kretser

The duo Electric Fields join us to discuss their particular blend of electronic soul music, we hear about the latest Nobel Laureate for Literature winner, Japanese born English writer Kazuo Ishiguro, and a conversation with Miles Franklin award winning writer, Michelle de Kretser about her novel, The Life to Come.

Duration: 00:54:54

Joanna Murray-Smith's American Song, Backbone at the Melbourne Festival, Charlotte Hobson's Top Shelf, Vinyl Frontier

The Australian premiere of new Joanna Murray-Smith play American Song - a timely one man play that explores gun violence, Adelaide circus troupe Gravity and Other Myths are investigating the idea of strength in their latest work Backbone for Melbourne Festival, British novelist Charlotte Hobson's Top Shelf and ABC Sound librarians James Lee and Michael Munson share their favourite vinyl tracks from the Aussie Club scene.

Duration: 00:52:58

Big Things, Taylor Mac, and Stephen King's IT

From the Big Banana to the Big Pineapple, what do we do with Australia's super-sized statues that are falling into disrepair? We meet American performer Taylor Mac whose 24-hour concert is headlining the Melbourne Festival and compare the film and book versions of Stephen King's IT.

Duration: 00:54:01

Robyn Archer, Omar Musa, Shaun Tan

Robyn Archer is back on stage with her show Que Reste T'il, award-winning author, poet and rapper Omar Musa on his latest book of poems and Shaun Tan's picture book Rules of Summer adapted for the stage.

Duration: 00:51:58

Murder Monday: Harlan Coben, Historical Crime Fiction, Denise Mina

For this month's Murder Monday we speak with bestselling crime and thriller writer Harlan Coben, discuss crime fiction that is explicitly about the past or imbedded in the past and meet the protagonists of the novels of Scottish crime writer Denise Mina.

Duration: 00:53:41

Zines, Artist Books and Self-Publishing

It's DIY today, and a program all about zines and art books with some useful tips as well as traps in the growing world of self publishing.

Duration: 00:54:19

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