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Me, My Shelf and I

Clare Jones presents a show exploring the world of books and literature, going under cover in the lives of the books we love. Me, My Shelf, and I airs Tuesday morning at 10.00 and replays Sunday afternoon at 2.00 Show Less

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Me, My Shelf and I - Hymns - Featuring Steven Toussaint - Jul 09 19
This episode explores hymns of praise. It features a poem written by and read aloud by Steven Toussaint, who is the special guest of the day, sharing the ideas and ideals that structure his new collection of poetry, "Lay Studies." It features a birthday celebration for E. B. White and music from the choir of King's College, Cambridge.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Volts and Voltaire - Featuring Paul LeClerc - Jul 02 19
This episode explores the world of volts! It features poems from Jorie Graham, birthday celebration for Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Bessie Head, an interview with former CEO of the New York Public Library, Paul LeClerc, and some music from Tift Merritt.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Matariki - Featuring a Story for the New Year - Jun 25 19
This episode celebrates the holiday of Matariki. It features a poem by Ed Bok Lee, birthday celebrations for George Orwell, Eric Carle, and Czelaw Milosz, and a song by Frankie Vallie.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Tables and Tableaus - Featuring Toby Faber - Jun 18 19
This week's episode explores tables and tableaus. It features a poem from an anonymous 6th century Irish poet, birthday celebrations for Simin Behbahani, Charlemae Hill Rollins and Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland as well as an interview with Toby Faber, of the publishing company Faber & Faber, and some music from Bob Dylan.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Drollery - Featuring Cassidy McFazdean - Jun 11 19
This episode explores the mythical beasts and human-animal hybrids that appear in the marginalia of illuminated medieval manuscripts and contemporary literature. It features a poem by Cassidy McFazdean, this week's guest and author of a collection of poems called "Drolleries," birthday celebrations for Harriet Beecher Stowe, Brian Jacques, and Yasunari Kawabata, a song about sea lions from the Library of Congress, and some music from Horse Feathers.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Almanacs - Featuring Hector Elizondo - Jun 04 19
This week's episode explores almanacs. It features a poem by Austin Smith, birthday celebrations for of the authors Jacques Roumain, Louise Erdrich and Richard Scarry, a story read aloud by Hector Elizondo, and some music from Sam Cooke.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Flight - Featuring Julie Orringer - May 28 19
This week's episode explores the world of flight. It features a poem by Theodore Roethke, birthday celebrations for Colleen McCullough and Countee Cullen, an interview with Julie Orringer about her new novel "The Flight Portfolio," and some music from Andrew Bird.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Silent Spring - Featuring Peter Wylie - May 21 19
This week celebrates the publication of "Silent Spring" in honor of Rachel Carson's birthday. It features a poem by e. e. cummings, birthday celebrations for of Margaret Wise Brown, an interview with printmaker Peter Wylie, and some music from The Drifters.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Banners and Books - Featuring David Wallace-Wells - May 14 19
This episode explores the world of banners and books. It features a poem by Robin Robertson, birthday celebrations for Robin Hyde and Mikhail Bugalov, words from journalist David Wallace-Wells, author of "The Uninhabitable Earth," and a song from the musical “Newsies.”
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Me, My Shelf and I - Rodentia - Featuring David Wiesner - May 07 19
This episode celebrates literary rodents. It includes the ancient poem "Pangur Bán," birthday celebrations for Leo Lionni and Richard Adams, an interview with children's illustrator David Wiesner, and a song by Big Joe Turner.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Stained Glass - Featuring Allegra Pesenti - Apr 30 19
This week's episode focuses on the world of literary stained glass in honor of Notre Dame Cathedral. It features poems from Tennessee Williams, birthday celebrations for Gertrude Warner and Benjamin Franklin, a conversation with curator Allegra Pesenti on the writer Victor Hugo, and some music composed by Philip Glass.
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Me, My Shelf and I - The Bard - Featuring Gregory Doran - Apr 23 19
This week's episode celebrates The Bard. It features poems from Matthea Harvey and Shakespeare, birthday celebration for Charles Johnson and Dame Edith Ngaio Marsh, an interview with the current artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a song by Mumford and Sons.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Collage - Featuring Eric Carle - Apr 16 19
This week's episode explores the use of collage in books in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It features a poem from Vincent O’Sullivan, birthday celebrations for Charlotte Bronte and John Muir, a reading of "Te Anuhe Tino Hiakai" (The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Te Reo Maori) and a song from Men in Drag.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Bone Folder - Featuring Justin Wymer (Part 2) - Apr 09 19
This week's episode explores the ins and outs of bone folders in book arts. It features a poem from Marianne Moore, birthday celebrations for Keri Hulme and Joseph Pulitzer, the second installment of a two-part interview with poet Justin Wymer, and a song by Josh Ritter.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Deeds - Featuring Justin Wymer (Part 1) - Apr 02 19
This week explores words and deeds. It features birthday celebrations for P. D. James, Maya Angelou and Emile Zola, the first part of a two-part interview with poet Justin Wymer, and a song from "Out of the Blue."
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Me, My Shelf and I - Vernacularity - Featuring William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Speech - Mar 26 19
This week's episode explores vernacular languages. It features a poem by Wislawa Szymborska, birthday celebrations for Frank Sargeson and Margaret Mahy, the 1950 Nobel Prize Speech given by William Faulkner, and a song from the Disney film, Cinderella.
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Me, My Shelf and I -Seals - Featuring Douglas Adams - Mar 12 19
This week's episode explores the literary life of the wax seal. It features poems from Yehuda Amichai and Lewis Carroll, birthday celebrations for Jack Kerouac, Torquato Tasso and Sir Hugh Walpole, an 'in memoriam' interview between Douglas Adams and David Letterman, and a song from Barenaked Ladies.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Parchment - Featuring Jules Renard (Part 1) - Feb 05 19
This week's episode explores the world of parchment. It features a poems from Joanna Klink, birthday celebrations for Kate Chopin and Fleur Adcock, and a song from the Disney film The Sword in the Stone. It includes the first installment of the February Fauna Series: a nature story by the French writer Jules Renard.
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Me, My Shelf and I - International Women's Day - Featuring Helen Mirren - Mar 05 19
In celebration of International Women's Day, this week's episode features a folktale read by Dame Helen Mirren and a song by Kermit the Frog and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Me, My Shelf and I - Generations - Featuring Jules Renard (Part 4) - Feb 26 19
This week's programme discusses generations of readers, writers and story tellers. It features a poem from Fleur Adcock, birthday celebrations for N. Scott Momaday and John Steinbeck, and a song by The Punch Brothers.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Cornucopia - Featuring Jules Renard (Part 3) - Feb 19 19
This week's programme explores the symbol of the plenty named "cornucopia." It features a poem by Mary Cornish, birthday celebrations for Edna St. Vincent Millay and Edward Gorey and a song from the film "The Chorus."
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Me, My Shelf and I - Valentine's Day - Featuring Jules Renard (Part 2) - Feb 12 19
This week's episode celebrates Valentine's Day. It features poems by Labhshankar Thacker, birthday celebrations for Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and a tune sung by Ella Fitzgerald.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Letters - Featuring Diana Athill - Jan 29 19
This week's episode explores written letters in memoriam for the legendary editor and writer Diana Athill. It features a poem by Billy Collins, birthday celebrations for Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, and a song from Bobby Darin.
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Me, My Shelf and I - Mountains - Featuring Rosemary Wells - Jan 22 19
This week's episode explores the theme of mountains. It features poems from W. H. Auden and Li Po, birthday celebrations for Mary Mapes Dodge and Rosemary Wells, and a song by Tired Pony.
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