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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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Melbourne, VIC


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.




GPO Box 9994 Melbourne Victoria 3001 (03) 9626 1500


Final Books and Arts show ever

There’s a spelling bee, arts quiz and some festive tunes from the Vinyl Frontier. Guests: actor Daniel Monks, author Maria Lewis, artist Lisa Hilli, author Melanie Cheng, author Nick Earls, theatre director Sam Strong.

Duration: 00:53:51

Latin American book club: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende's debut novel The House of the Spirits was published in 1982. It's set in an unnamed Latin American country and it follows three generations of the Trueba family who live in the presence of spirits. It's our final Latin American book club novel for the year.

Duration: 00:23:22

Unfinished business ACCA exhibition, Theatre wrap with Richard Jordon and Paul Lynch novel Grace

Today exploring the legacy of feminism with a new exhibition at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a wrap up of the main stage theatre in New York and London with Richard Jordon, and we speak to Paul Lynch about his poetic novel Grace, about the devastation that was the Irish famine of the 1840's. As well, we find out what the favourite books of 2017 were for RN presenters, Robyn Williams and Antony Funnell.

Duration: 00:53:38

Cactus Channel music, writer Rick Gekoski, novelist Roger McDonald, Paul Ryan exhibition.

Cactus Channel live in the music studio, writer Rick Gekoski chooses his Masterpiece, novelist Roger McDonald on his latest book A Sea-Chase, artist Paul Ryan.

Duration: 00:55:02

Melbourne pianist and composer Andrea Keller, biographer Brenda Niall and Indonesian artists Intan Paramaditha and Eko Supriyanto

Melbourne pianist and composer Andrea Keller with her song cycle Still Night, biographer Brenda Niall on her biography of her grandmother and Indonesian artists writer Intan Paramaditha and dancer Eko Supriyanto at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

Duration: 00:52:52

PM's Reading list, Exhibition of Fairy tales transformed, Kevin Kwan Masterpiece and Philip Salom's Top Shelf

In this program,the CEO of Grattan Institute John Daley tells us what's on the 2017 list of book recommendations for the Prime Minister to read and why, and we explore the dark side of the stories we've told ourselves over the centuries in All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed, a new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne. We also discover why the Merchant Ivory production of EM Forster's 1908 novel, Room With a View is best selling author Kevin Kwan's...

Duration: 00:54:21

Jenny Uglow, Turner Prize, Jonathan Holloway, Luke Slattery and Sally Rippin

British author Jenny Uglow speaks about her new biography of the poet and artist Edward Lear, Lubaina Himid has taken out the prestigious Turner Prize for 2017, Melbourne Festival's artistic director Jonathan Holloway's Masterpiece, journalist and writer Luke Slattery reimagines the early days of white settlement in Sydney and find out what's on children's author and illustrator Sally Rippin's Top Shelf.

Duration: 00:54:09

Veterans Art Museum, Isabel Allende, Taranthi Festival, review of Artemis by Andy Weir

Ex-serviceman Mark Johnston is pushing for a National Veterans’ Art Museum, Isabel Allende's latest novel In the Midst of Winter, Artist William Gardiner at the Taranthi Festival in SA, and we review the science fiction novel Artemis by Andy Weir

Duration: 00:53:14

The Pram Factory and Australian theatre

Celebrating the life and times of one of Australia's most influential theatre groups, the Australian Performing Group, more commonly known as the Pram Factory. What were its aims and how has it influenced generations of theatre performers?

Duration: 00:53:51

Murder Monday: Crims, cons, cops and cocaine

For this month's Murder Monday, we explore the criminal mind at the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

Duration: 00:53:51

Fiona Wright, Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall, Andrew Ford, Alice McDermott, Elizabeth Tynan

Fiona Wright's new collection of poetry Domestic Interior, Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall on writing original music for Muriel's Wedding the Musical, RN's The Music Show presenter Andrew Ford reveals what was his best read for 2017, American novelist Alice McDermott's novel The Ninth Hour, and Elizabeth Tynan discusses her Prime Minister's Literary Award for Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story.

Duration: 00:53:47

Alexis Wright, Patricia Karvelas's 2017 Best Read, Simon Mordant, Gareth Sampson, The Vinyl Frontier

Australian author and Miles Franklin winner Alexis Wright has been named the second Boisbouvier​ Chair in Australian Literature, Patricia Karvelas's recommendation for your summer reading list, arts philanthropist Simon Mordant pulls financial support from Australia's 2019 exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal is Gareth Sansom's choice of Masterpiece and we take a musical trip through the low-budget Australian cinema of the 70s and 80s.

Duration: 00:53:54

Are high school reading lists too depressing? Garry Disher's novel Her, and Midawarr exhibition

We discuss whether high school reading lists are too depressing, hear about an ambitious project to paint and document all the edible plants in some parts of Arnhem Land, and speak with Garry Disher about his latest novel Her.

Duration: 00:54:20

Big hART at 25 with Scott Rankin, In Cahoots at Fremantle Arts Centre, Steven Lang's novel Hinterland, Sofie Laguna's Top Shelf

Big hART at 25 with founder Scott Rankin, urban artists meet Indigenous artists In Cahoots at Fremantle Arts Centre, Queensland author Steven Lang's novel Hinterland, Australian author Sofie Laguna's Top Shelf

Duration: 00:53:08

Vivid White, Cosentino, Tony Ayres and Omar El Akkad

Two couples war over the same dream home, in Eddie Perfect's satirical new musical, Vivid White, magician Cosentino's new series of books for primary school kids, Robert Altman's 1978 film A Wedding is screenwriter/director Tony Ayres's choice of Masterpiece and investigative journalist Omar El Akkad's first novel, American War.

Duration: 00:51:39

Best of Books and Arts: Hector Abad

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

Duration: 00:52:39

Latin American Book Club: Men of Maize by Miguel Angel Asturias

Guatemalan Magic Realism from 1949. Ground breaking, influential, surreal.

Duration: 00:53:51

A. S. Patric, The Most Underrated Book Award, Larissa MacFarlane, Mark Rubbo

Melbourne writer A. S. Patric takes to the high seas in his new novel Atlantic Black, The Invisible War wins The Most Underrated Book Award, print maker, street artist and disability advocate Larissa MacFarlane talks about doing a handstand a day for over a decade, and an independent bookseller expresses concern on the eve of Amazon's launch in Australia.

Duration: 00:52:54

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