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The Wheeler Centre

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Subscribe to the Wheeler Centre's podcast to hear full recordings of our talks, featuring the best in books, writing and ideas from Melbourne, Australia.

Latest Episodes

Broadly Speaking: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch

‘When a language dies, so much more than words are lost,’ the botanist and writer Robin Wall Kimmerer has said. ‘Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else.’ In our Broadly Speaking talk on translation and language, we bring together two First Nations writers whose work reflects on Indigenous languages and the languages of the natural world. Kimmerer is a professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She’s also the author of the remarkable bestselling essay collection, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. In this podcast, she speaks with acclaimed Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch, whose Miles Franklin-winning novel, The Yield, is about traditional language and the stories that words contain. Join them as they discuss how living organisms and living languages can connect us to the past and enrich our collective future.

59 min3 d ago
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Broadly Speaking: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch

Take Home Reading: Katerina Bryant

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Katerina Bryant about her debut memoir Hysteria, a compassionate and insightful account of illness, strength and women’s stories.

24 minOCT 5
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Take Home Reading: Katerina Bryant

Take Home Reading: Craig Silvey

In this episode of Take Home Reading we’re talking to Craig Silvey about his novel Honeybee, a tender coming-of-age story about a transgender teenager called Sam, a chance encounter she has with a man called Vic, and the ways in which both lives are changed by their unlikely friendship.

24 minSEP 28
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Take Home Reading: Craig Silvey

Take Home Reading: Chris Flynn

In this episode of Take Home Reading we’re talking to Chris Flynn about his novel Mammoth, a playfully original and thought-provoking story about how a fossil collection of prehistoric creatures came to be on sale at a natural history auction in New York in 2007 (narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct mammoth).

31 minSEP 28
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Take Home Reading: Chris Flynn

Take Home Reading: Rawah Arja

In this episode of Take Home Reading we’re talking to Rawah Arja about her debut young adult novel The F Team, a funny and authentic story about what it means to grow up in Australia today.

25 minSEP 28
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Take Home Reading: Rawah Arja

Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin' Up to the White Woman

To launch our Broadly Speaking series, we’re presenting the formidable Aileen Moreton-Robinson in conversation with critical race and whiteness scholar Fiona Nicoll. The pair discuss the twentieth anniversary of Moreton-Robinson's pivotal book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. What questions and experiences informed the writing of the book, and how does it seek to understand power? How did Moreton-Robinson experience colonialism in academia? How do some feminist movements clash with ideas of Indigenous sovereignty – and what are some alternative ways of thinking?

67 minSEP 14
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Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin' Up to the White Woman

Take Home Reading: Robbie Arnott

Take Home Reading is our short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Robbie Arnott about his novel The Rain Heron, a lyrical, compelling ecological thriller about our relationship with the natural world. The Rain Heron is equal parts horror and wonder, and utterly gripping.

17 minSEP 14
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Take Home Reading: Robbie Arnott

Take Home Reading: Mirandi Riwoe

In this episode of Take Home Reading, we’re talking to Mirandi Riwoe about her latest novel, Stone Sky Gold Mountain. Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work.

20 minSEP 6
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Take Home Reading: Mirandi Riwoe

Take Home Reading: Laura Jean McKay

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Laura Jean McKay about her novel The Animals in That Country, a bold, exhilarating, and wholly original novel that asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

22 minAUG 31
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Take Home Reading: Laura Jean McKay

Take Home Reading: James Bradley

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to James Bradley about his novel Ghost Species, an exquisitely drawn and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of climate catastrophe.

20 minAUG 24
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Take Home Reading: James Bradley

Latest Episodes

Broadly Speaking: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch

‘When a language dies, so much more than words are lost,’ the botanist and writer Robin Wall Kimmerer has said. ‘Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else.’ In our Broadly Speaking talk on translation and language, we bring together two First Nations writers whose work reflects on Indigenous languages and the languages of the natural world. Kimmerer is a professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She’s also the author of the remarkable bestselling essay collection, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. In this podcast, she speaks with acclaimed Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch, whose Miles Franklin-winning novel, The Yield, is about traditional language and the stories that words contain. Join them as they discuss how living organisms and living languages can connect us to the past and enrich our collective future.

59 min3 d ago
Comments
Broadly Speaking: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch

Take Home Reading: Katerina Bryant

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Katerina Bryant about her debut memoir Hysteria, a compassionate and insightful account of illness, strength and women’s stories.

24 minOCT 5
Comments
Take Home Reading: Katerina Bryant

Take Home Reading: Craig Silvey

In this episode of Take Home Reading we’re talking to Craig Silvey about his novel Honeybee, a tender coming-of-age story about a transgender teenager called Sam, a chance encounter she has with a man called Vic, and the ways in which both lives are changed by their unlikely friendship.

24 minSEP 28
Comments
Take Home Reading: Craig Silvey

Take Home Reading: Chris Flynn

In this episode of Take Home Reading we’re talking to Chris Flynn about his novel Mammoth, a playfully original and thought-provoking story about how a fossil collection of prehistoric creatures came to be on sale at a natural history auction in New York in 2007 (narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct mammoth).

31 minSEP 28
Comments
Take Home Reading: Chris Flynn

Take Home Reading: Rawah Arja

In this episode of Take Home Reading we’re talking to Rawah Arja about her debut young adult novel The F Team, a funny and authentic story about what it means to grow up in Australia today.

25 minSEP 28
Comments
Take Home Reading: Rawah Arja

Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin' Up to the White Woman

To launch our Broadly Speaking series, we’re presenting the formidable Aileen Moreton-Robinson in conversation with critical race and whiteness scholar Fiona Nicoll. The pair discuss the twentieth anniversary of Moreton-Robinson's pivotal book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. What questions and experiences informed the writing of the book, and how does it seek to understand power? How did Moreton-Robinson experience colonialism in academia? How do some feminist movements clash with ideas of Indigenous sovereignty – and what are some alternative ways of thinking?

67 minSEP 14
Comments
Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin' Up to the White Woman

Take Home Reading: Robbie Arnott

Take Home Reading is our short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Robbie Arnott about his novel The Rain Heron, a lyrical, compelling ecological thriller about our relationship with the natural world. The Rain Heron is equal parts horror and wonder, and utterly gripping.

17 minSEP 14
Comments
Take Home Reading: Robbie Arnott

Take Home Reading: Mirandi Riwoe

In this episode of Take Home Reading, we’re talking to Mirandi Riwoe about her latest novel, Stone Sky Gold Mountain. Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work.

20 minSEP 6
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Take Home Reading: Mirandi Riwoe

Take Home Reading: Laura Jean McKay

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to Laura Jean McKay about her novel The Animals in That Country, a bold, exhilarating, and wholly original novel that asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

22 minAUG 31
Comments
Take Home Reading: Laura Jean McKay

Take Home Reading: James Bradley

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. In this episode we’re talking to James Bradley about his novel Ghost Species, an exquisitely drawn and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of climate catastrophe.

20 minAUG 24
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Take Home Reading: James Bradley
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