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Marlies Hobbs - Episode 19

Writers Read by LiTracey - Getting THAT book in children's hands. On this episode Tracey chats with Marlies Hobbs about the book she has co-written with her husband Jai, 'Financially Literate Youth - FLY'. Plus our regular recommender Rebecca provides her insights into this book.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24mins

25 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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'My Medium Career (Ego)' - Word Docs

The Word Docs bare their bruised egos this week and attempt to find a balming (is that a word?) salve. Alex drags Sean and Amy into the cobwebby corners of their psyches, seeking to learn whether ego is a help or a hindrance in an artist's life. This week we'll learn about the book that broke Sean; traverse the Dark Place and the Vague Place; confront mediocrity; and try to ignore the fact that Alex's dad seems to be popping out of the wardrobe. We tackle troubling questions, such as: Is smugness perilous? What projects should we say no to? Where's the line between self-belief and delusion, or self-belief and narcissism? And is Caleb Lewis real? (Spoiler: we don't believe he's real.) Join us for an unusually serious and vulnerable episode Of Word Docs. Please...?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

8 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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“There Will Be Nudity” (Pilgrimages) - Word Docs

Before you write your magnum opus – or perhaps during – a visit to a distant shore to get you in the mood and help you find the perfect setting for your novel is not a bad idea. Likewise, visiting the scene of your favourite work can bring you deeper into an author’s mindset. This week, the Word Docs share their tales of pilgrimages. From the ice flats of Antarctica to the oppressive heat of a bathhouse in Shinjuku, the dynamic trio are not afraid to push boundaries and smash social norms...even if it ends in injury and humiliation.  Stay tuned for the outtake: It's longer than Alex's novel.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31mins

1 Feb 2021

Rank #3

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'Too Much Busyness and Noise' (Downtime) - Word Docs

The Word Docs are stirring from their slumber and weaving their magic – both the whimsical technicolour kind and the wicked dystopian kind – on a raw 2021. How do writers recharge after an insane year? Is downtime part of the process? What do these people do when they're not abusing stationary? You may think the Word Docs simply fold up neatly into cupboards, but no...some of us jog!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

18 Jan 2021

Rank #4

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'Ho Ho Ho: Word Docs find the Sanity Clause'

Well, that's it for the grand old dystopian wonderland of 2020. Bring on the New Year! This week, the Word Docs are reflecting on the year that's been: deadlines missed and goals hit, unexpected delights and inevitable tipsiness, real estate bought, sold and fantasised about, and the fact that Amy never delivered on the promised scones. We're making plans for 2021 and even 2022: New bathrooms! Secret disco rooms! Starting our own magic writing school, where Alex will be potions master! Those bloody scones. And we introduce a new segment: Is this illegal? Amy takes the role of Alex's parent; Alex sings, undaunted; Sean promises to DJ for New Year's. Pour yourself a rum and Milo (don't ask) or a cheeky Moscato and settle in for some festive cheer from the three wise elves (is that a thing?).  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

28 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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'The Avengers Season Finale (interview with Dr Piri Eddy and Dr Peter Beaglehole)'

This week we have a full pod of doctors and a bonus Word Dog, as the Word Docs are joined by playwrights Piri Eddy and Peter Beaglehole, and Piri's dog Murphy. We explore the experience of writing and producing plays, the life affirming joys of working with other humans, and the reasons why sometimes you just have to go a little nuts. There are power tools and secret ninjas, and Alex gets approximately 20% more manly. Come along and help us probe the vexed questions of playwrights the world over: Why theatre? Can we start a fight in the foyer? Why bring the world together when you can rip it apart? And when will the secret ninja come to our rescue?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31mins

21 Dec 2020

Rank #6

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"Here’s to Brutality" (Editing and Publishing Live!)

From big structural issues to hooks and semicolons, and everything in-between ... the Word Docs are all over it. Together, Amy, Sean and Alex have edited a lot and been edited even more. In this episode the docs become surgeons, unpacking the editorial process in forensic detail. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

14 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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Kesta Fleming - Episode 18

Writers Read by LiTracey - getting THAT book in children's hands. On this episode Tracey chats with Kesta Fleming.  Kesta reads aloud from her debut chapter book 'Marlow Brown - Scientist in the Making' and our student reviewer Liv gives us her rating of this book.  Plus, our regular recommender Rebecca provides her insights on Marlow Brown. In Tracey's tip, Tracey discusses practices that impact reading motivation and the important role of the teacher in helping students find 'that' book.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

8 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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"Warts and All" (Living with Art and Artist) - Word Docs

This week, our intrepid Word Docs dig down into the relationship between writers and their words. Can you separate the fiction on the page from the reality of its wider context? Which matters more, the message of the author or the impact of the work? And what happens when your favourite creator turns out to be an appalling human? Join Amy T. Matthews, Sean Williams and a particularly hyper Alex Vickery-Howe as they unpack that thorny relationship between story and storyteller. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

30 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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“What Did the ’80s Bring Us?” (Coping with the Unexpected)

There’s no getting around the fact that we live in strange and difficult times, from a global pandemic to a ‘Leader of the Free World’ who refuses to concede defeat ––  but, never fear, the Word Docs are here to provide their remedies! Join Amy, Alex and Sean as they unpack the ups and downs of creating new work and telling new stories in the midst of isolation and upheaval. For Sean, it’s about chocolate. For Alex, it’s about Moscato. For Amy, it’s about finding a room without a random relative in it. Every decade has its challenges, and its lessons...now is the perfect time to reflect on where we've been and plan ahead for the tales of tomorrow. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31mins

16 Nov 2020

Rank #10