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The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester

2018-10-07T14:53:42+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A dual-timeline novel that moves between the 1940s and contemporary times, The Paris Seamstress is a gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world. The story begins with Estella Bissette, a young apprentice seamstress working with her mother at a fashion designer’s atelier in Paris. She dreams of designing her own dresses but the Nazis are closing on France, and no-one knows what the future will hold.

The pancakes revelations: Holly Ringland answers all

2018-09-22T16:25:51+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Author Q&A
Holly Ringland has generously answered Word of Mouth TV's Q&A and we think you'll find the answers very interesting. In the process, Holly uncovered an unholy obsession with pancakes, so much so, that from here on out, we are considering dubbing the Q&A the pancake revelations. This Q&A swings from the depths of trauma to the dizzying heights of culinary joy - perhaps there's a link?

D.H. Lawrence’s Figs poem very juicy in its day

2018-09-23T15:38:07+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
Poets have immortalised food, particularly fruit, over the centuries, tantalising the senses at every turn. One thinks of Pablo Neruda's Tomatoes, or Thomas Campion's Cherry Ripe. For Holly Ringland's edition, we have chosen D.H. Lawrence's Figs, given it is a warmer climate tree, and because it reminds us that, at the heart of all existence, lies desire and passion.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2018-09-23T14:27:02+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
No doubt you have all polished off the last round of book recommendations and are hungry for more. Never fear, Word of Mouth TV is here. Holly Ringland serves up our first vegan cookbook recommendation, and a lovely non-fiction book about friendship, which is so fitting given Word of Mouth TV is about food, books and friendship. Happy reading!

Big changes to copyright laws set standard

2018-10-04T08:08:18+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

News bites
In the first major update to copyright laws in 20 years, the European Parliament has voted in favour of copyright reforms for the digital age. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market strengthens news publishers and authors’ copyright. The most significant change applies to news infringements and will come as a blow to giant international sharing platforms and aggregators such as YouTube, Facebook and Google.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

2018-09-22T14:17:39+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is both heart-breaking and life-affirming. A coming-of-age story with a vividly evocative Australian setting, this novel follows the story of Alice Hart who must learn to escape the shadows of an abusive father in order to build a life for herself. The Australian landscape, and its strange and beautiful flora, has a potent presence in the novel.

Oliver’s gruel with a 21st century twist

2018-09-02T15:03:26+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Iconic Literary Food Moments
In honour of our coverage of Writing NSW's Kids & Young Adult Festival, this episode’s Iconic Literary Food Moment is devoted to the children’s classic Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Millions remember the moment when Parish orphan Oliver Twist returns with his bowl of gruel to Mr Bumble and says “Please Sir, I want some more?” In this scene, Dickens plays our emotions like a fiddle.

Kids & YA Fest – Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

2018-09-03T18:49:12+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
I have always thought that Jaclyn Moriarty has one of the freshest and most original voices in Australian children’s literature and so was eager to read her latest children’s fantasy, beautifully presented as a hardback with whimsical illustrations by Kelly Canby. The book did not disappoint – it was a sparkling delight from beginning to end, with lots of unexpected discoveries, wondrous encounters and madcap adventures.

Kids & YA Fest – author recommendations

2018-09-03T18:43:49+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
Authors appearing at NSW Writing's Kids & Young Adult Festival had been on a pre-festival childrens-reading binge, so there was no shortage of recommendations for those seeking a gift to inspire a young one. Garth Nix, Jaclyn Moriarty and Belinda Murrell offer a delightful and diverse selection of books to entertain children (and adults) of all genders. I'll be reading these myself.

Kids & YA Fest: Frogkisser! and The Lost Sapphire

2018-09-02T15:06:28+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
As part of our Writing NSW's Kids & Young Adult Festival special, Kate interviewed Garth Nix and Belinda Murrell and reviews their latest books. Garth's Frogkisser! - a fun retake on an old fairytale - was widely acclaimed by all at the festival. Belinda's latest offering is The Lost Sapphire, a wonderful story for girls who like to imagine what life was like in the past.

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