Paper Defiance

  • Episode 7: The Bookshop at Queenscliff (pictures)

    All pictures c/ The Bookshop at Queenscliff: Facebook, Insta.

  • Episode 7 transcript: The Bookshop at Queenscliff

    Alex

    Welcome to Paper Defiance, a fortnightly podcast all about indie bookshops and their owners. My name is Alex, and I am recording this on Wadawaurang land, in Ballarat Australia. It’s exciting to have you join me. 

    Today we’re staying in regional Victoria, but heading for the coast. Queenscliff is a splendid little town on the Bellarine Peninsula, and I love it very much. Matt is the third owner of the Bookshop at Queenscliff, and Ii’m pretty sure I’ve bought books under each of the owners. Matt’s passion for the shop itself and for buying from indie bookstores is infectious. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did – and as always, hang around after the interview for a vignette from someone talking about their favourite bookshop. 

    Matt  

    My name is Matt Davis. I am the co owner of The Bookshop at Queenscliff, in Queenscliff, Victoria. How’s that – is that enough?

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  • Episode 7: The Bookshop at Queenscliff

    In which I talk to Matt from The Bookshop at Queenscliff about buying a bookshop on Gumtree (well, not quite, but almost) and how they can be cultural centres for their towns.

    See the next post for a (slightly edited) transcript of the interview.

  • Episode 6: Aesop’s Attic (pictures)

    With thanks to Clare and her son for these:

  • Episode 6 transcript: Aesop’s Attic

    Alex

    Welcome to Paper Defiance, a fortnightly podcast all about indie bookshops and their owners. My name is Alex, and I am recording this on Wadawaurang land, in Ballarat Australia. It’s exciting to have you join me. 

    For this regularly scheduled episode we’re back in regional Victoria, Australia, in a delightful little town called Kyneton. I’m talking to Clare from Aesop’s Attic, and we have a wonderfully wide-ranging discussion – mostly about her shop and what’s in it, but also about the importance of reading, and the role of a bookshop like hers in a town like Kyneton. 

    In case you missed it, the last episode was actually a departure from the norm because it was an interview author and bookshop-lover Garth Nix, who although he has imagined owning a bookshop hasn’t actually made that fantasy real. I think it’s a really fun conversation, so why not go check it out? And don’t forget that at the end of the interview, you’ll hear a vignette from someone talking about their favourite bookshop.

    Clare
    Hi Alex. My name is Clare McKenna, and I’ve been a bookseller for 20 years. But a book lover, I’d say pretty well all my life. But I did struggle to learn to read. I had a lot of childhood illness, missed a lot of school, and really didn’t become a confident book reader until midway through high school. So that made education difficult. I completed year 12 and undertook English Literature and English Expression. And it was a phenomenal year. I swapped schools and went from a convent school to what became La Trobe Uni, Bendigo. And that year was just phenomenal. And I think it cemented my love of reading. And I had such wonderful lecturers. It just gave me that inspiration to continue to read. And it’s gone on from then.

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  • Episode 6: Aesop’s Attic

    In which I talk to Clare at Aesop’s Attic. See next post for a slightly edited transcript, and the one after that for some photos!

  • Bonus episode transcript: an interview with Garth Nix

    Alex

    Welcome to Paper Defiance, which is usually a fortnightly podcast all about indie bookshops and their owners. My name is Alex, and I am recording this on Wadawaurang land, in Ballarat Australia. It’s exciting to have you join me. 

    This is a break in my fortnightly schedule, to bring you a slightly different episode. It’s still an interview, but this time it’s not with a bookshop owner but more someone adjacent to that world. Garth Nix is an author whose books I’ve loved for a very long time. His most recent series starts with The Left-handed Booksellers of London and will continue with The Sinister Booksellers of Bath, which hopefully gives you an idea for why I asked him to be on the podcast. He also started his working life in a bookshop and has had various other book-connected roles in the following decades, all of which makes this interview fit really nicely into the Paper Defiance niche, as I hope you’ll agree. 

    Garth  

    Hello, I’m Garth Nix. I’m the author of many, many books over many, many years, including the Old Kingdom series that begins with Sabriel, the Keys to the Kingdom series that begins with Mister. Monday. And many, many others. Most recently, Terciel and Eleanor, which is the sixth book in the Old Kingdom series. And just before that, The Left-handed Booksellers of London. And my next book coming up is The Sinister Booksellers of Bath, which continues in the Lefthanded Booksellers universe, as it were.

    Alex

    Fantastic. I’ll get to those latest books in a moment. But I wanted to start, Garth, by taking you back to when you weren’t yet a full time author. And I know that you spent some time in the book selling world. Can you tell me a little bit about that and how you got into it?

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  • Bonus episode: an interview with Garth Nix

    Yes, an out-of-schedule interview! Author Garth Nix has written many (many) books, with his most recent series beginning with The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, and if that’s not a reason to have him on this podcast, well… it just is.

    See the next post for a transcript.

  • Episode 5: Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (pictures)

    Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights; Insta; Twitter; FB.

    All images c/ Mr B’s. Everything about these pictures makes me want to sit down and read…

  • Episode 5 Transcript: Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

    Slightly edited for clarity.

    Alex

    Welcome to Paper Defiance, a fortnightly podcast all about indie bookshops and their owners. My name is Alex, and I am recording this on Wadawaurang land, in Ballarat Australia. It’s exciting to have you join me. 

    For this episode, we’re leaving Australia and heading to Bath, in England. I’m joined by Nic from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, and yes we do get into why that particular name. We discuss the evolution of the physical space of the shop, the role of ebooks and the importance of bricks and mortar bookshops, and I even introduce Nic to what is apparently an Australian term, or at least one not usually used in England, which was honestly a very satisfying moment for me. 

    Before I hand you over to Nic, a request: if you’ve enjoyed Paper Defiance so far, would you consider leaving a review on iTunes, if that’s where you listen? Or maybe tell someone else who you think might enjoy it? I’d really appreciate it. 

    OK, here’s Nic, with tales of starting a bookshop and doing pop-ups at music festivals. 

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