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Debra Oswald’s scrumptious Peach Melba Eton mess

2020-02-24T21:30:37+10:00Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

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

2020-02-15T13:43:51+10:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

2020-02-13T22:33:28+10:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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!

The Whole Bright Year – Debra Oswald

2020-02-23T19:17:08+10:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
The gorgeous title and cover of this novel are instantly enticing … and then I open the book and find a quote from Homer referencing my favourite Greek myth, the story of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, whose daughter Persephone is ravished away by Hades, the god of the underworld. At once I wonder if Debra Oswald plans to allude to the myth in a book that I know (thanks to the blurb) is set in Australia in 1976. I love books that drawn on myth and folklore in bold and unexpected ways, and so I settle in to read with a heightened sense of anticipation and interest.

Debra Oswald and Richard Glover’s super 70s giveaway

2020-02-27T17:02:34+10:00Categories: Giveaway, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We're living in the 70s
Thanks to Penguin Books and Harper Collins, Word of Mouth TV has a super 70s giveaway to celebrate the season finale with one of Australia's most talented literary couples, Debra Oswald and Richard Glover. Their books The Whole Bright Year and The Land Before Avocado will take those of us who remember it on a rollicking romp back in time to Australia in the 1970s - few better times to be. And for those so careless as to be born post-1980, they will take you to a place of wonder that defies belief - a foreign land. You know the drill! Don't forget the hashtags!

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

2020-04-09T11:52:57+10:00Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

The history of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

2019-12-16T21:40:13+10:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's novel biographies
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published 176 years ago, on December 19th 1843, but its popularity only continues to grow with a new generation of movies including The Man Who Invented Christmas two years ago. It’s one of my own personal favourites of his works, simply because of its vitality and Dickens’ signature mix of joyousness and poignancy. I like to re-read every year at Christmas – it only takes an hour or so, with a glass or two of mulled mead and perhaps a thick wedge of fruit cake.

Miss Havisham’s cake – one scene never to be unseen

2020-02-08T09:24:39+10:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Iconic literary food moments
Charles Dickens' ability to paint a picture with words is perhaps unmatched in literature. From Magwitch swimming in the muddy Thames in Great Expectations, to the rolling London fogs in Bleak House, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, in A Christmas Carol, the reader is thoroughly immersed in Dickens' England. But perhaps the most unforgettable Dickens scene is that of Miss Havisham's bridal cake in Great Expectations - a torrid, insect infested, decaying mass that mirrors the mired, rotting soul of its would-be bride. Once seen, never unseen.

Episode 13: Dickens Boz in Oz Christmas special

2019-12-13T15:33:45+10:00Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , |

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!

Charles Dickens Boz in Oz Christmas giveaway

2019-12-11T15:58:46+10:00Categories: Giveaway|Tags: , , , , , |

It's the works!
Thanks to Penguin Random House, Word of Mouth TV has a great Dickens book pack to give away for our special Christmas edition. What’s in the box? Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House and Hard Times. What a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit. All you need to do to enter is SUBSCRIBE to our Youtube channel, or our website www.wordofmouthtv.com.au, then SHARE on social media using the hashtags #WordofMouthTV #BozInOz and tell the world why Word of Mouth TV is the freshest, hottest cooking and book show ever!

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