10. Jackie French: Cooking, Shakespeare and searching for truth in historical fiction.


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In this wonderful episode with Jackie French we discuss a broad range of topics beginning with her passion for cooking (check out her website for some incredible recipes), and why authors are compelled to create - even in the kitchen. Jackie also discusses the significance of cheese throughout history, as a symbol of survival and social status. Jackie's extensive knowledge of history and how she brings this knowledge into the present is the highlight of this episode. History encourages us to better understand the present and move forward with greater empathy of others. Jackie is known for creating strong female protagonists in her novels, and we discuss how important it is to provide a voice for the voiceless or who were silenced because of their context. We chat about the wonderful Shakespeare series, how we can find truth within our society, and the hope that humankind will continue to strive to better itself. 'Humans are at their best when challenged.' Jackie discusses her writing process, and how to move students are writers beyond the cliche. It is the perfect episode for avid readers, lovers of history (and wombats), foodies, parents and teachers. Enjoy this bumper episode!

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