GATHER with Minerva's Books & Ideas

Travel with books, music and ideas

February 04, 2021 Amy Tsilemanis Season 1 Episode 2
GATHER with Minerva's Books & Ideas
Travel with books, music and ideas
Show Notes

In this episode we explore the ways in which we can travel with books, music, and ideas when we might not be able to journey physically. We look at Hugh Kenner’s concept of the elsewhere community, ideas of sonic postcards and the sense of home. Amy discusses her thwarted travel plans of 2020 to Ireland and Greece and her Macedonian family heritage. Featured interview is with London based musician and sound artist Belle Chen, and the Things Found in Books creative response is a wild radio play set on a library cruise ship with Ballarat’s Sophie Livitsanis. Sarah Comyn also talks about her favourite bookish spots in Dublin.

Book seeds:

Hugh Kenner. The Elsewhere Community: A grand tour of the world and the mind. Published 1998 by Allen & Unwin

William Hugh Kenner (1923–2003) was a Canadian literary scholar, critic and professor. He published widely on Modernist literature with particular emphasis on James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Samuel Beckett.

We hear a snippet of Hugh Kenner from CBC Radio, listen to more here:

Anne Yelland. The Atlas of Dream Places: A grand tour of the world’s best loved destinations. Published 1995 by Cardigan St

The Atlas of Literature, edited by Malcolm Bradbury. Published 1996 by De Agostini Editions, and writers that have inspired dreams of writing and travel- James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Sappho, Charmian Clift, & Patrick Leigh Fermor. 

 Other books mentioned:

Rebecca Solnit. Recollections of my non-existence. Published in 2020 by Viking

 & if you’re looking for personalised Greek tours with my old friend Chriss-

 Guests featured:

Amy’s aunty and uncle- Freda/Aphrodite and John Tsilemanis

If you want more you can listen to them talk about their wedding day here-

 Researcher and lecturer Sarah Comyn at University College Dublin

See more about the bookish places she loves in Dublin- the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) and the Forty Foot James Joyce swimming spot

 London based musician and sound artist Belle Chen- Find Belle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. With Belle’s online sessions during lockdown in 2020 and 2021 she invites her community into her process and also to contribute sounds and be part of her music-making.

Ballarat based artist and performer Sophie Livitsanis 

Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio        

Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall

Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced on traditional Wadawurrung land.

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