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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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One Enchanted Evening – Charlotte Smith

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In 2004, Charlotte Smith inherited more than 3,000 vintage couture gowns from her Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell, who had spent a lifetime gathering her collection, which spanned 250 years of fashion. Every single piece had been given to her, by friends who knew of her passion and by strangers who wanted their old and precious clothes to be properly cared for. Doris Darnell also bequeathed her god-daughter her notebooks, which detailed the history of each item. She described these histories as "fascinating stories, sometimes full of joy, other times grief, sometimes bitterness, other times heartache."

Didion on congee and food for the grieving soul

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Iconic literary food moments
In honour of our fashion episode for Charlotte Smith's One Enchanted Evening, we have chosen a quote from style-icon Joan Didion because few people have managed to marry fashion, food and literature so well. Didion was an author of both literature and cookbooks, and kick-started her writing career on the pages of Vogue. She experienced great sadness in her life, losing both her husband and her daughter, the latter dying at just 39 year’s of age, but she never lost her connection with fashion and words. The quote we have chosen comes from her novel The Year of Thinking Magically, when Didion muses on the power of food to comfort and console.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

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Recommended reads
Hopefully you've chewed through all those novels gifted at Christmas and are ready to jump into the 2019 reading year. As the saying goes, there's no rest for the wicked! Word of Mouth TV has three new book and three new cookbook recommendations which will surely take you through to the next episode in March. Guest author Charlotte Smith, a fashion anthropologist, recommends The Riviera Set - a portrait of high society between 1920 and 1960 and the authors who partied with them. And her cookbook recommendation is equally glamorous. Kate and Sarah serve up their favourites as well. Happy reading!

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Episode 10: Charlotte Smith: One Enchanted Evening

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Some might argue that Charlotte Smith is one of the luckiest women on earth. Bequeathed the world's largest vintage haute couture fashion collection by her Quaker aunt, she has written a delightfully illustrated book One Enchanted Evening that celebrates some of these gorgeous dresses. In a nod to Charlotte's British heritage we served a beautiful high tea - and then went to check out the fashion. We had so much fun, we hope you do too!

Episode 9: Josephine Moon’s Three Gold Coins

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Word of Mouth TV dined a-la Tuscany with Josephine Moon, author of the beautiful romance Three Gold Coins, and served a delicious Tuscan white bean soup. Set between Brisbane and a goat farm in Italy with a sweet and sexy romantic hero, Three Gold Coins covered a huge amount of territory. And the ambience was divine, sitting outside in Kate's garden on a balmy Autumn day. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Episode 8: Natasha Lester – The Paris Seamstress

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Word of Mouth TV interviews Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Seamstress - a feast for fashionistas and romantics everywhere. The Paris Seamstress has gained accolades from all corners of the world, which is appropriate given it spans the globe, taking readers from Paris to New York and Australia and back again. And it's not just a fashion feast; we served Natasha a divine lobster and salmon mousse with caviar, inspired by a scene in the novel. Enjoy!

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MEET THE TEAM BEHIND WORD OF MOUTH TV!

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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