Richard Flanagan on Writing (and Rewriting) Through the Devastating Bushfires in Tasmania and Australia
The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan
On today's episode ofThe Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Richard Flanagan about his new novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, out now from Knopf. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Richard Flanagan is a legend of Australian letters. His much-lauded novels are published in 42 countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. His latest novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, offers a tender, haunting portrait of a world disappearing around us. With Laura Tingle, he reflects with characteristic eloquence on the purpose of literature, the nature of time, the democratic freedom of the novel and the truths of our world. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Richard Flanagan: on the rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry
Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading
Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan talks to Cheryl Akle about his latest non-fiction book, Toxic, which uncovers the rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
AWW21 The Living Sea of Waking Dreams - Richard Flanagan
Adelaide Writers' Week
One of Australia’s greatest writers and seer of our times, Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan’s The Living Sea of Waking Dreams describes the end of a family and the end of the world. Documenting the slow death of a matriarch in a Hobart hospital, and the tumult it causes amongst her children, this achingly sad but still hopeful novel deploys magical realism, black humour and Richard’s masterfully poetic prose to explore the way humanity loves, neglects and destroys itself and the beautiful world it inhabits. Chaired by Chris Flynn
Lab meat and robot bees: how veganism and tech can solve the climate crisis. Anne McElvoy considers how food impacts on the environment with guests Anthony Warner, Cassandra Coburn, and Alasdair Cochrane. Plus Man Booker Prize winning novelist Richard Flanagan on his new novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams – about a dying planet and a dying mother.Anthony Warner is author of Ending Hunger: The Quest To Feed The World Without Destroying It.Cassandra Coburn is the author of Enough: How Your Food Choices Will Save The Planet.New Generation Thinker Alasdair Cochrane, from the University of Sheffield, is the author of Should Animals Have Political Rights?Novelist Richard Flanagan's latest book, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, recalls the devasting fires in Australia and Tasmania, and against this dying world depicts a dying woman and her three children in a magical realist fable. In 2014 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road To The Deep North, which considered the experiences of a Far East prisoner of war during the construction of the Burma Railway.You can find more conversations in a playlist on the Free Thinking website called Green Thinking, which includes a discussion of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring - a consideration of the soil, dams, and deserts - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07zg0r2Producer: Emma Wallace
Richard Flanagan: on unexpected tenderness and grateful wonder
Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading
Booker Prize winning author Richard Flanagan talks to Cheryl Akle about the unexpected tenderness he's discovered this year, the renewed attention to the beauty of the world, and the spirit of hope and grateful wonder. All things also expressed in his latest novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Richard Flanagan on his waking dreams and nightmares
Late Night Live - Separate stories podcast
Richard Flanagan had nearly finished his next novel, when the state of Tasmania caught fire. He felt compelled to change tack and started a new book that he says came out like a scream.The story centres on elderly Francie, and her three middle aged children as they debate the decisions about when and how she should die.The backdrop is the smoke and fires that engulfed Tasmania and then later the rest of the country and our wilful blindness to all that is disappearing before us.
Politics with Paul Bongiorno; Thailand protests; The Living Sea of Waking Dreams with Richard Flanagan
Late Night Live - Full program podcast
Corruption scandals once again take centre stage as Senate Estimates kick off in Canberra; Protestors are calling for radical change in Thailand, in defiance of authorities; Richard Flanagan talks about his waking dreams and nightmares.