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WORD OF MOUTH TV

Food, books and friendship

Word of Mouth TV is the first series to combine food, books and wine. Your hosts, Kate and Sarah will be interviewing and cooking with top authors from Australia and around the world.

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Debra Oswald’s scrumptious Peach Melba Eton mess

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Portrait of a recipe
Given Debra Oswald's novel The Whole Bright Year is set on a peach farm in Australia, and given Dame Nellie Melba was such an Australian icon, we settled on a Peach Melba Eton mess as our dessert. After all, what could be more peachy, or Australian, than a Peach Melba, right? As it turns out, the Peach Melba was actually invented by a French chef in the 1890s named Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, in honour of Australia's great soprano; and Eton mess, is a traditional English dessert - but there was a method to our madness!

Debra Oswald shares her passion for the delicious

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Author Q&A
Debra Oswald, creator of the TV series Offspring and author of The Whole Bright Year , shares her greatest inspirations and challenges as a writer, in a career that has brought her to the vibrant heart of Australian culture. For those of you who don't know, Debra's screen credits also include: Bananas in Pyjamas, Police Rescue, The Secret Life of Us, and various dramas for ABC TV Education. Debra also shares her passion for food. The Whole Bright Year is set on a peach farm in the 1970s, and she takes great pleasure skewering the hilarious food moments of the era.

Li-Young Lee’s sublime ode to the peach

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Iconic literary food moments
In honour of our super '70s episode, we decided to dedicate this moment in literary time to a poet who was actually writing during the period. Li-Young Lee is a Chinese American poet renowned for the zen-like simplicity and passion of his poems, a refreshing break from the angst of modern poetry, and he penned the most sublime poem about peaches, titled From Blossoms. Of course, our guest Debra Oswald's novel The Whole Bright Year is set on a peach farm in Australia in the 1970s, so it seems the perfect celebration. It is a poem so vivid in its evocation, it lingers in the memory, suspended in time. Enjoy!

LATEST EPISODES

Episode 14: Debra Oswald and Richard Glover’s 70s knockout double

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Join us for this fun and fab night with one of Australia's most talented and interesting literary couples, Debra Oswald and Richard Glover, as they share the backstories of their fantastic books: The Whole Bright Year and The Land Before Avocado. Both books were set in the 1970s and it was an absolute blast from the past as we ventured back into one of the most fun and fascinating eras in Australia's recent history. This season finale is a classic and very funny!!It was just a fantastic way to end the first season of Word of Mouth TV.

Episode 13: Dickens Boz in Oz Christmas special

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Word of Mouth TV tags along for the Boz in Oz conference and discovers Charles Dickens’ great association with Australia. Of course, few authors conjure Christmas more readily than Dickens. Join us as we explore the mystery of the Dickens statue in Sydney’s Centennial Park, and interview some of Australia’s leading authorities on Dickens before gathering for a Dickensian feast at the beautiful historic Vaucluse House. As author of the classic Christmas novel The Christmas Carol, our Boz in Oz special seemed the perfect choice to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy!

Episode 12 – Christine Wells – The Juliet Code

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Join us as we interview Christine Wells about her spy thriller romance The Juliet Code set in World War II France. Female spies have always held an exotic fascination for readers - think Mata Hari, Australia's Nancy Wake or Marvel's fictional Black Widow. Perhaps this fascination emerges from the sharp contrast between the courage involved and the relative physical frailty and social vulnerability of women. On so many counts, the female is outmatched - except for her intelligence and wit of course. And her main ally is the fact that she is constantly underestimated.

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND WORD OF MOUTH TV!

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven and has sold more than a million books worldwide. Her most recent book, Beauty in Thorns, is a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Other novels for adults include Bitter Greens, which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction; and The Wild Girl, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013.

Kate’s books for children include the collection of fairy-tale retellings Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, illustrated by Lorena Carrington, and The Impossible Quest fantasy series which has been optioned for a film.

Named one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a doctorate in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. She is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia.

www.kateforsyth.com.au

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills is an Australian tween fantasy author, writing under the pen name S.L. Mills. Her first novel GOM’s Gold, is the first in a series of seven. Sarah is a director and Treasurer of the Australian Society of Authors.

Sarah is a director and deputy chair of the Australian Society of Authors – the nation’s leading advocate for authors and book illustrators, and has previously held positions on other boards.

Prior to becoming an author, Sarah held a career in the journalism, working for decades on the country’s premier mastheads, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Australian Financial Review, and The Australian.

She is a skilled and insightful interviewer with a deep love of literature and the literary world, holding a degree in Literature and Linguistics. She also worked for many years as a public relations and media consultant to the nations leading corporations, a valuable skillset that she brings to bear in all her endeavours.

For more information, please view her LinkedIn profile.

Adrien Seignoux

Adrien Seignoux is a French videographer from Angers in the Loire Valley. Adrien worked for several years as an independent movie producer, working on short films, documentaries, TV series, advertisements, video clips and film festivals, before travelling to Australia for love.

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