In this episode we look at the by turns painful, joyous, creative, and generally angsty time of transition as we become our older selves (something that never really stops evolving, as Virginia Wolf wrote- “A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living” and we ask what role books and art play in our becoming us.
Taking Maria Popover’s Brain Pickings (and associated books such as Figuring, and A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader) as our book seeds, we talk to guests Rochi Zalani, Declan Miller, and Leanne Hall and feature music by Ballarat electronic artist FLOC. Voice messages on favourite Coming of Age novels are from Jenny, Ruth, Erin and Sian.
Our indie book feature is the recent collaboration between the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Stick Mob and Gestalt Publishing, who launched three new graphic novels during NAIDOC Week this year in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced in Ballarat on traditional Wadawurrung land. Kind thanks to Creative Victoria for funding assistance.
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Maria Popover’s Brain Pickings
A Velocity of Being
The Getting of Wisdom, Henry Handel Richardson
Rochi Zalani, writer and content creator
Declan Miller, graphic novelist and Stick Mob Design Studio
Leanne Hall, writer and guest artist for Things Found in Books
Minerva's Idea, Ellen Sorensen
Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio
Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall
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Floc story in the Ballarat Times News
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Rochi’s recommendation- Indian writer Rega Jha