Here we explore the wonderful world of bookseller and storyteller E.W Cole, a man both ahead of his times, and of them, and his amazing Book Arcade- opened on Melbourne Cup Day in 1883. But we’ll also explore the books and creative works inspired by the arcade, its publications and its message of equality, literacy, and fun.
Podcast set up and first episode is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, and administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
Lisa Lang- author of E.W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow and the novel Utopian Man
Richard Broinowski- author of Under the Rainbow: the life and times of E.W Cole
Hilary Bell and Philip Johnston, creators of the yet to be staged musical Do Good and You Will be Happy, based on Coles Funny Picture Book.
Mike Brady and the 2013 Coles Funny Picture Book-
Ellen Sorensen- Minerva’s Idea original composition for Gather-
Coles Book Arcade song as published in Coles Funny Picture Book, sung by Sharon Turley with music by Ellen Sorensen
Coles Books Arcade symphonium c/o the Melbourne Museum- https://collections.museumsvictoria.com.au/items/288339
& music from the yet to be staged musical Do Good and You Will be Happy C/O Philip Johnston and Hilary Bell
Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio
Podcast logo: Tiffany Titshall
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