THE WRITER'S ROOM
In her popular book The Writer's Room, Charlotte presented a series of in-depth conversations with other writers about their work and their creative processes. In her podcast, The Writer's Room with Charlotte Wood, she continues those conversations, talking with writers and practitioners from other art forms about how they work, what keeps them going, and the joys and challenges of making art.
Find The Writer's Room with Charlotte Wood on Apple Podcasts here, listen below or head straight to our Anchor channel where there are links to Spotify, Google Podcasts and other places to listen. If you like what you hear, we’d love you to subscribe, rate the show and tell your friends.
Episode 9: A masterclass with Joan Silber
A mini-masterclass on character, point of view, narrative time and ‘weight in fiction’ with the acclaimed American writer, Joan Silber.
Joan Silber is the author of nine books of fiction. Her new novel, Secrets of Happiness, has just been released in Australia. Her previous book, Improvement, won The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She also received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
This recording took place over Zoom, in a conversation joined by some of my writer friends – a kind of mini-masterclass. Joan spoke to us from her apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she lives with her dog Lucille.
Painter Jude Rae on the still life
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Jude Rae is one of Australia's most respected artists, known for her still life paintings, portraits and architectural interiors. After graduating in Fine Arts (History) at Sydney University, Jude taught at the City Art Institute at the University of NSW, and in 1987 had her first solo show with Painters Gallery. Over the last thirty years Jude has exhibited her work in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. She has twice won the Portia Geach prize for portraiture, has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize and in 2016 won the prestigious Bulgari Award, presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW. Her work is held in major public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. The Art Gallery of NSW describes her still life paintings as ‘studies in sensory apprehension’, whose ‘minimal depictions of everyday objects have become increasingly rich and complex in recent years.’
Thanks to Maria Stoljar of Talking With Painters for permission to use her photograph of Jude Rae.
Ruby Hamad on persuasive writing, cultural criticism - and surviving the backlash
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Ruby Hamad is a journalist, author, and academic, currently completing her PhD in media studies at UNSW. She’s a former columnist at Fairfax's Daily Life where she wrote about issues as varied as feminism, veganism, and Middle East politics. She’s also written for The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, SBS, and The New York Times. Her Guardian Australia article, headlined, “How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Colour” became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism and grew into her first book, White Tears/Brown Scars. It was published in 2019 by Melbourne University Press, and will be released in North America and the UK later this year.
EAT LIKE THE ANIMALS
In 2016 Charlotte was named the first writer in residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, the world-renowned science & health research facility at the University of Sydney, where she wrote her novel The Weekend. Now, the friendships and professional collaborations she made there have resulted in Eat Like the Animals, a podcast about food, biology, and the surprising lessons animals have to teach us humans about what and how to eat. In this series Charlotte talks with renowned University of Sydney biologists David Raubenheimer and Steve Simpson about their 35 years of work and friendship, and the resulting research findings that provocatively challenge long-held beliefs about nutrition and human health. In the process, we take a look at the serendipitous connections that often lie at the heart of good science, and the insights scientists share with artists.
Find Eat Like the Animals on Apple Podcasts here, listen below or head straight to our Anchor channel where there are links to Spotify, Google Podcasts and other places to listen. If you like what you hear, subscribe, rate the show and tell your friends.