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.


Visual artist Brook Andrew on his 25 year retrospective at the NGV; What is weird fiction and what makes it so uncanny? Writer Kathryn Heyman shares her Top Shelf, International theatre producer Richard Jordon with his wrap on three Australian festivals.

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The March novel in our Latin American Book Club is Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, a novel scented with rose petals, chillies and passion.

We check out Sydney's new visual arts collaboration The National, find out about a series of novels that help children to understand natural disasters, and ask: what role should cultural diplomacy play in arts funding?

UK comedians Jenny Éclair and James Veitch tell us about their shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival; Catherine McKinnon's novel Storyland is an imaginative take on Australia's history and its possible futures; and we explore weird fiction, which sits on the edge of the speculative fiction genre.