Yarra Libraries podcast

Missed an event? Catchup with our podcast! We feature a wide range of content - listen to pre-recorded author talks, poetry performances, public lectures and reading recommendations from our librarians. Listen on Spotify, Soundcloud or iTunes. Search "Yarra Libraries" on your Podcast app. Enjoy! 

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Featured Episodes


Dr. Lee Kofman on how our bodies shape the people we become

The Ewing Trust and Yarra Libraries present Dr. Lee Kofman, author of ‘Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become’. Dr. Kofman spoke at Fitzroy Town Hall for International Women’s Day earlier this year. In her book and her talk that day, Dr. Kofman explored how our appearance can impact our lives - and what we can do about it. A narrative non-fiction title combining memoir and decade-long research, ‘Imperfect’ has met with critical acclaim. 

This is an edited recording of a live event held at Fitzroy Town Hall.

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The Short Story Club: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

“Fantasy and Sci-Fi provide a really wonderful trojan horse way of talking about things that really matter in our lives and the things that are difficult to talk about”.

The Short Story Club discusses a short story every meeting, before moving on to other reading recommendations. In this episode, Tegan and Connor discuss the activist potential of science fiction, drop out culture vs social collectivism, and other questions provoked by Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, before moving on to their current isolation reading.

This discussion is best enjoyed after you've read The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, so search for the story online now or read it in Le Guin’s ‘Outer Space, Inner Lands’.

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Reading and writing romance with Minnie Darke and Toni Jordan

In this episode, let Yarra Libraries sweep you off your feet with bestselling authors Minnie Darke (The Lost Love Song) and Toni Jordan (The Fragments). The two romantic experts speak about their latest work, as well as their experiences as readers and writers of romantic fiction. They delve into some of the challenges associated with writing romance set in the present day, what they think makes a good romantic hero/heroine, and why Pretty Woman is actually not a very romantic film. To our delight they also take on some of their favourite (and least favourite) romantic tropes, from ‘Hate at First Sight’ and ‘Old Lovers Reunited’ to the ever popular ‘Successful in her business, Hopeless in her personal life.’

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Law in War: Catherine Bond on how crises shape the law

“There are a numbers of parallels between laws passed during COVID and laws passed during the first world war.” – Associate Professor Catherine Bond

Presented by Yarra Libraries and The Ewing Trust, Cat Woods interviews author Catherine Bond about her book Law in War, which looks at the dangerous consequences of legislation passed for the purpose of winning a conflict. ‘Law in War’ primarily looks at laws relating to freedoms and restrictions in Australia during World War 1, but its themes are relevant to any time when people are affected by laws created in the name of victory.


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Kids' Shelf: Stay-at-home Baby Storytime #8

In this episode, Andrew takes you through Touch and Tickle Criss Cross Apple Sauce.

Children's Librarian Andrew guides you through a Baby Storytime for you to deliver at home during our temporary closure. Learn how to prepare your child for a lifelong love of books, reading and learning with easy to follow steps and sing-a-longs.

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Tony Birch on Love, Grief, Trauma and Tenacity in The White Girl

In 'The White Girl', Tony Birch tells the story of Odette Brown raising her granddaughter Sissy on the fringes of a small country town. When the menacing Sergeant Lowe arrives, any freedom that Odette and Sissy enjoy comes under grave threat.

In conversation with Laura La Rosa, Tony speaks of domesticity, love, trauma, grief, and some of the true stories of the Stolen Generation that informed 'The White Girl'.

This is an edited recording of a live event held at Richmond Library.

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Sally Gray on Friends, Fashion, Fabulousness: The Making of an Australian Style

If there was ever anyone qualified to speak authoritatively about Fabulousness, it’s writer and cultural historian Dr. Sally Gray. Linking fashion, art, sexual politics and diverse urban subcultures, her latest book traces how four friends: fashion designers Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee, and artists David McDiarmid and Peter Tully, came together and formed a vibrant cultural milieu. Starting in the streets of Melbourne’s inner north, her discussion with fashion curator Laura Jocic circles the world before landing firmly home in the midst of the Whitlam election, gay liberation and the making of a distinct Australian style.

This is an edited recording. Our theme is Add And by Broke for Free.

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Jason Chongue's Plant Society

Jason Chongue didn’t want to ruin gardening by making it his job, but starting The Plant Society has brought the therapeutic joys of gardening to a brand new cohort. In ‘Place Society: Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space’ and ‘Green: Plants for Small Spaces, Indoors and Out’ he demystifies gardening, and makes certain people aren’t afraid to make mistakes.

This is an edited recording of our live event at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, where he discussed his first book with Collections and Reader Development Librarian (and plant murderer), Meaghan Dew.

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