GATHER with Minerva's Books & Ideas


October 01, 2021 Season 1 Episode 5
GATHER with Minerva's Books & Ideas
Show Notes

Here we explore the theme of adapting across languages and senses, adapting to circumstance, adapting books into theatre and poetry into music. We also ask how this podcast itself can adapt to be more accessible and feature our first video interview in both English and Auslan (access here) with Deaf filmmaker Ramas McRae.

We hear a reading by Fiona Murphy from her wonderful book The Shape of Sound, talk theatrical adaptation with Christine Davey and hear about her adaptation of My Brilliant Career, and feature a chat and new work by guest artist musician Gelareh Pour for the segment Things Found in Books. There is even a snippet from a song by Amy and Julian from a way-back stage adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.

For our indie book feature we visit Brad and Jodie at Ballarat’s The Independent Bookstore and hear how they help adapt writers ideas into fully published products for sale in their beautiful shop.

Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced on traditional Wadawurrung land, and to Creative Victoria for vital funding support. 

Please note that transcripts for all episodes will be available this December

Book seeds

The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy, published 2021 by Text Publishing

Drawing Sybylla, by Odette Keleda, published 2017 by University of Western Australia Press

The Rumi Prescription by Melody Moezzi published 2021 by Penguin Random House

 Guests featured

Ramas McCrae, Auslan consultant with Hands to Communicate, filmmaker and lecturer and part of the team behind Flow Festival, a vibrant and unique festival of Deaf Arts by the Australian Deaf Community from 18th to 21st September 2021 online. Check out the artists here-

Watch our interview for this episode here with Auslan, English and captions

And Ramas' La Trobe University Auslan Instagram Account

Christine Davey, theatre maker, screen writer and Creative Director of  Skin of our Teeth Productions, Geelong

 Gelareh Pour, guest artist, Iranian born Persian Kamancheh and Qeychak player, singer, songwriter and Choir director.

Indie book feature:

The Independent Bookstore and Shawline Publishing

 Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio

Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall


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