I listen to the Bookshow pretty regularly, but this interview is just delicious. It's all about the way brushes with art change your life, the theme of this Sutherland bloke's new book, Magic Moments (Profile Books).
And don't miss the RN book reading of Demetri Kakmi's Mother Land. It is very beautiful. No, really, it is flat out beautiful. The author reads it with the most extraordinarily musical voice which is completely arresting. His intonation at the end of each clause and sentence seems to indicate continuous action, whereas anglos use that upwards interval for a question. The reading sounds like a song, with unfamiliar but repetitive musical patterns and intervals and before you know it, you're swept up into its story, but with the added effect of an intensification of the imagery that the words convey.
It's as if a flower of greek lyricism and culture has taken root and burst into bloom here, on the edge of a vast desert in the south pacific. Who'd have thought? A new Odyseus arrived, hot on the heels of Captain Cook.