This week we snuggle up with the delightful Chris Flynn, author of the equally delightful and laugh out loud funny, Mammoth. An original, unforgettable and thought-provoking new novel that will change how readers understand the world. This special episode was recorded in partnership with our good pals at Radio Margaret River just before the festival this year. Our interviewer is Michelle Wright. Mammoth is published by UQP https://www.uqp.com.au/books/mammoth
Chris Flynn on the preservation of cultural heritage
The Creative Culture Podcast
In this episode, we are delighted to speak to Chris Flynn, CEO of WTACH, the World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage, and global authority on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage assets through the development of responsible and sustainable tourism practices and policies. Creative Culture is a proud member of WTACH, and it was a pleasure talking to Chris about how we can collectively start making a difference to preserve local cultural heritage worldwide.
AWW21 Lateral Histories - Chris Flynn and Laura Elvery
Adelaide Writers' Week
Can works of fiction inform us more effectively than non-fiction? Chris Flynn and Laura Elvery’s audacious works illuminate history and offer critiques of today. Chris’s fantastical novel Mammoth is narrated by the fossilised remains of a 13,000 year old wise-cracking mammoth. Each of the twenty short stories in Laura Elvery’s collection Ordinary Matter is inspired by a Nobel Prize-winning female scientist. With their lateral approach to history, these unlikely starting points have resulted in richly rewarding and wildly imaginative outcomes. Chaired by Danielle Clode
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 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). ‘I do struggle with books that are deadly serious. And when I realised this book was going to be partially about climate change, and mankind's early influence on the climate at the end of the Ice Age, and how that has affected us ever since, I got a bit worried that it was all going to be very, very preachy … And so I wanted [Mammoth] to be a little bit lighter, a bit more humorous. I think it's a nice way to [engage people with] a serious topic – by making people smile about it.’Mammoth is out now through UQP.
Mammoth: Chris Flynn in conversation with Tony Birch
Byron Writers Festival
Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct mammoth, this is the (mostly) true story of how a collection of prehistoric creatures came to be on sale at a natural history auction in New York in 2007. By tracing how and when these fossils were unearthed, Mammoth leads us on a funny and fascinating journey from the Pleistocene epoch to nineteenth-century America and beyond, revealing how ideas about science and religion have shaped our world.With our planet on the brink of calamitous climate change, Mammoth scrutinises humanity’s role in the destruction of the natural world while also offering a message of hope.In this Conversations from Byron podcast, Tony Birch talks with friend and author Chris Flynn about the writing of Mammoth. Their candid discussion touches on many subjects, including Chris’ Irish upbringing, climate change, fossils, world leaders, and the role of humour in climate fiction.
71: #dothework & Chris Flynn on speaking with mammoths, criticism & famous friends
The First Time
We share some of the listening, reading and donating we've been doing to support the #blacklivesmatter movement, focussing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and activists. Then Kate talks to writer and literary critic Chris Flynn about creativity, criticism and why Liz Gilbert endorsed his new book, Mammoth. We know you'll understand that this episode has a different quality of audio than you are used to from us. Eventually we'll get back to studio sound, but until then forgive us the odd crackle! Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Three via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks for joining us!
Chris Flynn is an Irish author who has written three books, The Glass Kingdom, A Tiger in Eden and Mammoth, a novel that journeys from the Pleistocene era to 21st century America that’s told through the eyes of an American Mastodon, otherwise known as a mammoth. In Olivia’s last episode as host & producer of Talking Words, she chats with Chris about dinosaurs, the importance of nature and whether they may, in fact, be related.Books mentioned:Mammoth by Chris FlynnThe Illustrated BibleWinnie The Pooh by A.A. MilneThe Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Chris Flynn’s “Mammoth’ novel takes us on an historical journey that encompasses the rise of America on the global stage, the foundations of French scientific thought, the uprisings in Ireland and Lewis and Clark crossing America – and all told from the perspective of an ancient mammoth dinosaur.Radio Girl by David Dufty, published by Allen & Unwin, is an overdue biography of one of the most remarkable Australians you’ve probably never heard of: Violet McKenzie.