The Biblio File Hosted by Nigel Beale
Twenty - forty minute interviews with accomplished authors, publishers, biblio people, conducted by an excitable bibliophile.

Glenn Dixon has published two books. Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: a journey through the 6000 language of Earth was published in 2009 to rave reviews.  His second, Tripping the World Fantastic: a journey through the music of our planet just came out in April of 2013.  He has also published travel articles and cultural pieces in major publications such as National Geographic Magazine, the New York Post, the Walrus Magazine, the Globe and Mail and even Psychology Today.  He’s traveled through seventy countries now and worked on documentary films in Egypt, Tibet, Russia, Peru, Ecuador, Turkey and many others.

Dixon is a full time author, musician and documentary film maker.  He has three degrees including a Masters degree in socio-linguistics.  He lives and works in Calgary, Canada.

Please listen to our conversation about Tripping the World Fantastic here:

 

Direct download: Glenn_Dixon.mp3
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Marcello Di Cintio is a Canadian writer. He won the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. The award was handed out on March 6, 2013 at the Writers' Trust of Canada's annual Politics and the Pen in Ottawa. Marcello was born in Calgary, Alberta where he currently lives with his wife, Moonira, and son, Amedeo.

We met recently to discuss his literary pilgrimage to Iran, which he wrote about in his book, Poets and Pahlevansa Journey into the Heart of Iran. 

Direct download: Marcello_in_Iran_final.mp3
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Matthew Tree (born December 30, 1958) is a writer in English and Catalan. He has lived in Barcelona since 1984. Apart from publishing both fiction and non-fiction, he is a contributor to various newspapers and magazines such as Catalonia Today,The Times Literary Supplement, Barcelona INK, Altaïr, El Punt Avui and L'Esguard. He has also appeared on various Catalan language radio and TV stations and is current a monthly guest on Catalunya Ràdio's chat show L'Oracle. In 2005 and 2006 he scripted and presented two series of the infotainment programme Passatgers for TV3 (Catalan Public Television).

His most recent book, a novel in English, is entitled Snug. It's about a small village in the Isle of Wight which finds itself under siege by Africans who have gone there for that very purpose.

I caught up with Matthew recently, on a blustery afternoon, to talk about cool literary things to do while in Barcelona. 

Direct download: Mathew_Tree_Barcelona_130920_001_final.mp3
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Wales is celebrating the centenary of famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in 2014Annie Haden is an experienced tourist guide and a specialist in the life of Thomas. With over 20 years experience in the tourism sector, Anne uses an easy listening story-telling technique which keeps her tours both interesting and informative. 

I caught up with Annie late last year at Morgans hotel in Swansea, Thomas's home town, to talk about poet and place. Please listen here: 

Direct download: Annie_Haden_1.mp3
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Shared Inquiry is a discussion method employed by the Great Books Foundation, which, according to its website provides " a teaching and learning environment, and a way for individuals to achieve a more thorough understanding of a text by discussing questions, responses, and insights with fellow readers. Shared Inquiry combines a sound theoretical base with proven strategies to engage all readers in higher-order thinking and collaborative problem solving. In Shared Inquiry, participants come together to help each other explore the meaning of a work of literature. Each participant brings a unique perspective that influences how he or she understands the work. Sharing their interpretations, participants gain new insights and deepen or even change their initial understanding."

I caught up with Eric Timmreck, President of the Houston Great Books Council recently in Toronto at an annual event called Toronto Pursuits, to talk about his experience using the Shared Inquiry technique.

Direct download: Eric_Timmerick_Shared_Inquiry120720_001_40.mp3
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