Blog 2018-05-18T15:32:19+00:00

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Latest news and literary food moments

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club – Sophie Green

Sarah's review
Set in the isolation of the vast, sparsely populated Northern Territory, in a land of cattle stations and stockmen during 1978-1981, The Inaugural Fairvale Ladies Book Club harks back to an even earlier Australia. Just as Australia’s pioneer women suffered the trials of isolation, the women of the small towns and cattle stations in Australia’s north continue this tradition today.

British author Sarah Winman offers sound bite

Author interview
Sarah Winman, who's award-winning debut novel When God Was a Rabbit stormed into the international bestseller list, was in Australia this year to promote her latest novel Tin Man at the 2018 Perth Festival Writers' Week, and took time out to have a chat with Kate Forsyth (also a guest). Sarah has a great food story to share about how she and her partner would trade their art for restaurant dinners as young things when they were struggling just to pay the rent.

Kids & YA fest ankle bites the footy in Twitter league

Tidbits
There was more bookish news than you could poke a stick at this week, and we have expanded the section to include international news. Writing NSW’s biennial Kids & YA Festival leads this week's line-up because the event was the fourth-highest trender on Twitter, edged out by the football and a major political event (thanks to some frantic tweeting by attendees), and it feels like an absolute triumph whenever books are mentioned in the same breath as football in Australia’s media.

Joanne Harris’s Chocolat

Iconic literary food moments
This week, we’re barreling forward in time to contemporary literature and the year 1999 to recognise the book that to many proved the definitive and final word on the relationship between food and literature. Chocolat is so laden with food quotes it is difficult to pick just one, so we narrowed it down to three. Joanne Harris’s Chocolat not only contains a slather of iconic literary food moments, it is the iconic literary food moment.

In the hands of the Gods

Well, there’s never a dull moment at Word of Mouth TV. So much so, that we have turned our eyes heavenward recently, wondering if the Gods are, indeed, toying with us. We had only just finished filming seven amazing dinners with authors, most of the footage of which still needed to be edited, when our producer was offered a job just too good to resist. This was a potential disaster. Not only would our lovely Claire will be leaving us, but who would edit the remaining footage?

Charles Dickens’ sage-and-onion roast goose

Iconic literary food moments
A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens' most-loved and best-known novels. Tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of people have either read the book or watched the film and cartoon adaptations that are broadcast globally each Christmas. Written in 1843 and originally titled A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being A Ghost Story of Christmas, it features a Christmas feast, the centrepiece of which was a goose stuffed with sage and onion.

Peach – Emma Glass

Sarah's review
Prepare to be surprised, puzzled and disoriented. Peach, by young debut author Emma Glass, is a vivid, visceral novella that opens in a nightmare. The protagonist Peach, staggers home after being assaulted, blood trickling down her legs, and the smell of her attacker on her skin. Nothing will ever be the same again. She has changed, but her reality hasn’t. Her assault stalks her waking life: it contaminates her work, home life and romance.

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