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First Person - Program podcast



Serialised reading of published autobiography. The program brings you the best of current and classic personal narrative including memoir, travel writing, diaries and letters. Here you'll find fine writing that will keep you enthralled and deeply involved



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The lost art of sleep

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

At the end of the summer holidays, Michael spends one blissful night under the stars with his much-loved wife and children.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120120.mp3




The lost art of sleep

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Michael, Jenny and the three children move from the small town of Gunning to Melbourne, where Michael starts work as a school teacher.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120119.mp3




The lost art of sleep

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Michael ponders the similarities between sleep and death, and relates an incident when he was robbed while he was metres away in bed - dead to the world.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120118.mp3




The lost art of sleep

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Before he became a father, Michael was for many years a Catholic priest.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120117.mp3




The lost art of sleep

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

The arrival of baby twins, less than two years after that of their older sibling, sends Michael McGirr in search of an ancient practice for which bed is the ideal setting. It's called sleep. In this book, both a personal journey and a profound exploration of one of life's true constants, Michael muses on the many benefits of sleep, mourns its demise, and explains aspects of its strange personality. And despite their reluctance to ever all be asleep at the same time, he celebrates the three small children who came to him after a long vocation as a Catholic priest and brought him such joy and tiredness.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120116.mp3




Piano lessons

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Years have passed and Anna has moved to Melbourne, where she has a successful career, performing and also teaching piano. But the deep bond forged during the many years she spent learning from Mrs Sivan remains.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120113.mp3




Piano lessons

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Anna experiences the joy of performing a concerto with a professional orchestra before a large audience.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120112.mp3




Piano lessons

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Anna forms her chamber ensemble, Seraphim Trio, with whom she plays to this day.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120111.mp3




Piano lessons

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Mrs Sivan insists that Anna must share her knowledge and love of music with the next generation of young pianists.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120110.mp3




Piano lessons

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

With her school years about to end, Anna must decide if she wants to pursue a career in music.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120109.mp3




Piano lessons

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Inspired by the teaching of Mrs Sivan, Anna is now setting her sights on a life in music as a professional musician.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120106.mp3




Piano lessons

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Anna's playing begins to be recognised more often in competition and eisteddfods.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120105.mp3




Piano lessons

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

Under Mrs Sivan's guidance, Anna's emerging talent is recognised by the Conservatorium. But does she have what it takes to be a concert pianist?


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120104.mp3




Piano lessons

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

The young Anna is struggling to make sense of all that Mrs Sivan is trying to impart to her about music.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120103.mp3




Piano lessons

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +1100

In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. Guided by her teacher Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges in equal measure, she discovers passion and ambition, confronts doubt and disappointment, and learns much more than just tone and technique. Writing with wit and affection, Anna captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing and the complex bonds between teacher and student.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/01/fpn_20120102.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Rick talks about a book that is very close to his heart, and ponders what attracted the author to the disturbing subject matter it covers.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111216.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Long an admirer of Graham Greene's writing, Rick finds himself today involved in a case of espionage that seems stranger than anything the master could have written


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111215.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Now, freed from the burden of reading the texts required to teach literature, Rick is taking great pleasure in exploring different, less academic and formal, forms of writing.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111214.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

After a period spent teaching Rick decided he couldn't stick academia any more, and threw in his position at the University of Warwick to become the rare book dealer he still is now, thirty years later.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111213.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Rick is quite catholic in his tastes. Even though he has a doctorate in English from Oxford, he's open to good writing of all kinds, even that ostensibly written for children.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111212.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

As a young graduate Rick was appointed to the teaching staff of the relatively new and fairly progressive Warwick University, where he found one of his fellow lecturers was quite unlike any of the dons Rick had met during his time at Oxford!


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111209.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

As a young student of philosophy, Rick dissects the works of David Hume through the lens of girl group The Shirelles.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111208.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Like many a teenager in his as well as the generations to follow, Rick was captivated by two of the seminal works of mid twentieth-century American literature - The Catcher in the Rye and Howl.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111207.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

As a boy Rick fell for a rather charming elephant.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111206.mp3




Outside of a dog: a bibliomemoir

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Despite buying a magnificent book case for his library Rick knows that books don't furnish a room, but a self.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111205.mp3




A better woman

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Susan is a mother who sees motherhood as a defining charactertistic, as the act that has given her breadth, depth and richness in life: experiences that, as the title suggests, has made her, a better woman.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111202.mp3




A better woman

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:40:00 +1100

From one moment to the next, as people often do in life, Susan pulls herself towards 'the light', and within a situation of extreme grief finds the capacity to live and love again.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/12/fpn_20111201.mp3




A better woman

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Frequently humiliated by her state, Susan struggles to deal with how her body has been ravaged and how she will approach the outside world upon leaving the hospital.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111130.mp3




A better woman

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Susan suddenly becomes consumed by depression and slips into a state of being that lets the rest of the world pass her by.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111129.mp3




A better woman

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Having already suffered greatly during and after the birth of her first son, Susan is understandably nervous and unsure of how the birth of her second son will go.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111128.mp3




A better woman

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

With a second child on the way, and still renting property -susan and her husband begin the search for a proper home, but not one that will "fence them in".


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111125.mp3




A better woman

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

As Susan works on finishing her book, she becomes caught in a cross-fire between book, child and husband, being pulled every which way.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111124.mp3




A better woman

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Susan tells of the instinctual transformation she underwent from a childless woman to mother after the birth of her son.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111123.mp3




A better woman

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

Despite being heavily pregnant, Susan still finds it difficult to imagine herself actually taking her child home after delivery.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111122.mp3




A better woman

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:40:00 +1100

At thirty-eight Susan was living in London, with a new husband and pregnant with her first child; at the precipice of a completely new journey and experience Susan began to see that her life was being controlled by a power greater than herself.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/11/fpn_20111121.mp3