EPISODE #4

Michelle Cahill — Letter to Virginia Woolf

ON THE SHOW

‘We drive past the lap pool where I used to swim and I think of you, passing time at The Crossroads, chattering nonsense, the lucidity of prose. I could taste the unwritten words and drown in the warm air of evening.’
In episode 4 of the Meanjin Narratives podcast, Michelle Cahill reads her ‘Letter to Virginia Woolf’—a poetic reflection on life as a mother and writer, and the tensions that exist in between. This piece was first published in Meanjin’s Autumn 2015 edition.
SHOW NOTES
→ Michelle Cahill, ‘Letter to Virginia Woolf‘ from Meanjin Autumn 2015 issue
→ Thanks to Blue Dot Sessions for use of their track ‘Naptime’ licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 

THE READER


Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is a Sydney writer. Her collection Letter to Pessoa won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing and was shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Award. She was shortlisted in the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize and won the KWS Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize. The Herring Lass is her most recent poetry collection. She is writing a novel.

 

 

EPISODE #3

Clementine Ford — The Turning Point

ON THE SHOW

In episode 3 of the Meanjin Narratives podcast, Clementine Ford reads her essay from Meanjin’s Winter 2018 edition. ‘The Turning Point’ begins with the author reflecting on an abuse of power that was done to her as a child, and goes on to explore the wider culture of systemic misogyny and oppression in historical and contemporary times, as well as the pervasive influence of sexism in popular culture. Ford examines the #MeToo movement and wonders whether, as a protest against the values of President Donald Trump and galvanised by the fall of Harvey Weinstein, we might have reached some kind of turning point.

SHOW NOTES

→ Clementine Ford, ‘The Turning Point‘ from Meanjin’s Winter 2018 edition
→ Thanks to Aitua for use of their track ‘Wings II – Animato‘ licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 

THE READER


Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and author of the best-selling book Fight Like A Girl. Her follow up, Boys Will Be Boys, will be published in October 2018.

 

 

EPISODE #2

Shu-Ling Chua — Through the Looking Glass

ON THE SHOW

In episode 2 of the Meanjin Narratives podcast, Shu-Ling Chua guides us through her journey of sexual awakening. ‘Through the Looking Glass’, published on the Meanjin blog in January 2018, is part memoir, part literary criticism.
This thought-provoking, arresting piece incorporates the influence of formative texts upon the author’s relationship with her lover and ultimately, her own identity through the process of self-discovery and sexual exploration.

SHOW NOTES

→ Shu-Ling Chua ‘Through the Looking Glass‘ from the Meanjin blog in January, 2018.
→ Thanks to How the Night Came for use of their track ‘Reflection‘ licensed under CC BY 3.0
→ Thanks to Leah Jing for use of her photography.

 

THE READER


Shu-Ling Chua

Shu-Ling Chua is a writer of memoir and criticism, who focuses on sex, culture, femininity and growing up. Her work has appeared in Feminartsy, Peril Magazine and Scum Mag, among others. She is working on a collection of essays on coming of age as a young Asian-Australian woman and is a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.

 

 

EPISODE #1

Omar Sakr — Any Percentage of a Heart Is Still A Heart

ON THE SHOW

In our first Meanjin Narratives episode, writer and poet Omar Sakr reads his remarkable essay ‘Any Percentage of a Heart Is Still A Heart‘ from Meanjin’s Autumn 2018 edition. In this piece, Sakr uses a conversation between himself and his cousin about his own bisexuality to frame a wider discussion about Australia’s controversial 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey. Sakr delves into the fallout of the survey on the LGBTQI community, his own status as a queer Arab-Australian man in Australia, and his complex relationship with western Sydney.

SHOW NOTES

→ Omar Sakr, ‘Any Percentage of a Heart Is Still A Heart‘ from Meanjin’s Autumn 2018 edition.
→ Thanks for Kosta T for use of his track ‘Composition‘ licensed under CC BY 3.0
→ Thanks to Leah Jing for use of her photography.

 

THE READER


Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is an Arab-Australian poet. Published in English, Arabic and Spanish, his poetry is featured in national and international journals. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe award.

 

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