Books and Arts - Full program podcast

ABC Radio National

Arts, Literature, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Join Michael Cathcart and Sarah Kanowski for ABC Radio National's Books and Arts: Australia's only national broadcast devoted to literature and the arts.


We discuss the award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, on show in Melbourne; the jewellery of Helen Britton which explores themes of memory, industry, horror and home; a new play looks at the emotional legacy of the disastrous 2011 Japanese earthquake; and Emma Flint's debut novel, Little Deaths.

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We consider how the UK's vote to leave the European Union will affect the arts, meet Swedish crime writer Christoffer Carlsson, and hear about MOMA's decision to show work by artists from countries affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

Russian PEN has been accused of not supporting free speech; Josephine Wilson's new novel Extinctions; Dante's Divine Comedy as imagined by Botticelli; and dancing your way through Perth's fringe festival.

Playwright Ross Mueller on A Strategic Plan his play about arts cuts, remembering artist Leonard French who died last month, Olga Cironis' art installation Mountain of Words uses human hair and UK comedian David Walliams on the adaptation of his children's book Mr Stink to the stage.