Episode 33- A refreshing lack of Wizard Dads with S.J. Groenewegen
SJ’s choice: Andra by Louise Lawrence, with the ABC TV cover
Ali’s choice: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
SJ’s website: https://www.sjgroenewegen.co.uk Pre-order The Disinformation War here
@nyssa1968 – twitter
Reachingforthevoid – tumblr
https://mitpress.mit.edu/9781913380809/ – links to pre-orders/orders for the Disinformation War, out on 13 June.
SJ will be at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club on 13 June at Star of Kings, London, for readings and Q&A. https://www.facebook.com/groups/srfclondon/about
1990 was the dystopian TV series SJ couldn’t remember the title of, not 1991. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075469/
Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985
Edited by Andrew Nette and lain McIntyre © 2021 PM Press ISBN: 9781629638836
Mentions Andra on a few pages, including the TV series. It quotes Kari Sperring about Louise Lawrence.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Wu_(TV_series) the TV show on SBS in the late 1980s in Australia.
The Untamed was my first Chinese drama show, and Ali kept thinking of it when reading Iron Widow.
I wrote a piece for The Conversation on the recent edits to Roald Dahl’s books. You can read it here!
Kate’s choice: The House of Arden by E. Nesbit
Ali’s choice: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
The Mahabharat has been dramatized twice for TV. This is the one I watched in the 1980s.
If you want to read the other great Sanskrit epic, the Ramayana, I recommend this graphic novel version told from Sita’s perspective.
A new biography of Edith Nesbit was published in 2019.
The House of Arden was dramatized for BBC radio in 1989. You can buy an audiobook collection of Nesbit adaptations here.
Follow Kate on Twitter at @katepreach and @fantasybookclu3, and on Instagram, where she posts pictures of her artwork and cats @kate.towner.
Thanks as always to Steve Vapour Trails and Jack Sadler-Johnson.
A bumper episode of 1 hr 20!
Matt and Nina from Even the Trunchbull come to mine, after I guested on their podcast discussing Joan Aiken’s Nightbirds on Nantucket and the lovely picture book Peggoty Po.
Matt and Nina’s book: Slaves of the Mastery by William Nicholson
Ali’s book: City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
Book covers– compare Slaves of the Mastery with The Hunger Games
The cover that would have put Matt off, which reminded me of Stephen Pearson’s classic posters
Follow Even the Trunchbull podcast on Twitter @Trunchbullpod, on Instagram @eventhetrunchbull and follow at your favourite podcast emporium.
Thanks as always to Steve Vapour Trails for production assistance and to Jack Sadler-Johnson for the use of his beautiful track Bliss.
This episode was recorded live at FantasyCon 2022 so the sound is a little echoey
Laura is a games writer, Manga translator and the award-winning author of Sing Your Sadness Deep (2019) among other wonderful things. You can follow her on Twitter here, and find out more at LauraMauro.com
Laura’s choice: Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
Ali’s choice: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
We mention Tove Jansson’s biography by Boel Westin
I really love Kate DiCamillo’s work, and John Coxon read Flora & Ulysses for the podcast back in November 2021. You can listen again here.
The trailer of The Tale of Despereaux adapted from Kate DiCamillo here
Laura remembers the Japanese cartoons of the Moomins. I love the German stop motion animations. I mention the Moomins on the Riviera film
Thanks as always to Steve Vapour Trails for production assistance and to Jack Sadler-Johnson for the use of his beautiful track Bliss. Thank you to the committee for giving me a programme slot, and to the audience for coming along and asking questions! See you at FantasyCon 2023!
Two quick warnings:
- This episode contains mentions of sexual assault and abduction. Please proceed with care.
- It was recorded over the bank holiday in Brighton. Caroline and I attempted to find a quiet corner of a pub to record in during a day out, and despite fiddling with editing there is background noise.
Caroline’s choice: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Sadly, it seems to be out of print in the UK, and it doesn’t appear to be available as an audio book or in ebook format, which is a real shame.
Ali’s choice: A Wind in Cairo by Judith Tarr. You can find the link to the Kindle edition, the audio book and paperback via Amazon here or a Kobo ebook here.
Caroline mentions Katherine Kerr, author of the Deverry series and more.
Judith Tarr on Tor.com. Her column on what C.S. Lewis gets wrong about horses here.
Enjoy this video of Lipizzaner horses, the breed that Judith Tarr keeps. You can see some of the tricks that Khamsin performs in A Wind in Cairo.
Caroline’s Twitter. Her bio includes links to her blog and Super Relaxed Fantasy Club- enjoy the videos recorded during lockdown here!
Show notes ep 26
Fairies and witches and toads, oh my!
Kit’s choice: The Stream that Stood Still by Beverley Nichols (who is a man! And he had quite the life).
Ali’s choice: Otherland by Louie Stowell. Louie’s very funny The Dragon in the Library was one of the books discussed in Episode 1, with Helena McCallum
Kit’s book, In the Heart of Hidden Things, can be bought as a hardback or ePub. Kindle edition here and audiobook via Audible here. You can see Jenna Barton’s artwork here.
Other books with terrifying fairy folk: Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men, discussed with Fran Dowd in episode 6, and Peadar O’Guillin’s The Call and The Invasion. Be warned: these are brilliant books, but very much YA. There’s a lot of body horror involved. I talked about them at Dublin WorldCon and you can read my paper here.
You can follow Kit on Twitter here and #askafairysmith here.
Thanks, as always, to Steve Vapour Trails for production assistance and Jack Sadler-Johnson for the use of his beautiful track Bliss.
Apologies for the sound: it was incredibly hot in the kitchen in Hove so we recorded with the window open, so there is some traffic noise in the background.
Tony’s choice: Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Ali’s choice: The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
Tony mentions the difference in portrayal of Roman slavery in Spartacus and Gladiator; can we only empathise if the protagonist is enslaved unjustly? More information on Spartacus here with links to information about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who had been blacklisted after appearing before the House of Un-American Activities Committee.
Tony watched this adaptation of Tom’s Midnight Garden; Ali watched this one while at university. There was also a BBC radio dramatization which can be obtained via Audible.
Tony on Twitter: @tonykeen46 and his blog: Memorabilia Antonia.
Thanks as always to Steve Vapour Trails for production assistance and to Jack Sadler-Johnson for the use of his beautiful track, Bliss.