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Andrea Rowe talks Storm Boy & The Magic Pudding - Kidlit Classics podcast Episode 3

About this episode’s KidLit Classic:

Storm Boy is a 1964 Australian children's novel written by Colin Thiele. Set in the Coorong region of South Australia, it revolves around the bond between a boy and his pelican, and the relationships he forms with his father Hide-Away Tom and outcast Australian Aboriginal man Fingerbone. It has a strong environmental and conservation focus. Storm Boy has been adapted for stage, screen (twice), and radio.

The Magic Pudding is a 1918 Australian children's comic fantasy written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay. Fun fact: it was one of the five Australian children's books selected to be commemorated on a set of postage stamps issued in 1985.

In this episode, Andrea Rowe shares her love of both, especially her connection to the coastal landscapes of Storm Boy. We finish with an evocative dramatic reading from Storm Boy.

About this week’s guest, Andrea Rowe:

Andrea Rowe is a children's author, short story writer, copy-writer, ex-radio announcer, and founder of the Mornington Peninsula Writer's Club. Her picture book, Jetty Jumping, recently won the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood.

Connect with Andrea Rowe Instagram: @andrearowe_coastwriter / Website:

Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website

Find out more about Colin Thiele here

Find out more about Norman Lindsay here

Buy Storm Boy here

Buy The Magic Pudding here

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Opening and Outro music:

‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

Sound files:

'Seagulls by the sea' by TeTeNoise. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.

Sandy beach - calm waves - water' by JuliusH. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.

'Waves hitting the rocks' by Cagan Celik. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.

'Walking Through Fine Pebbles' by lukiacostello. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.


Andrea Rowe talks Storm Boy & The Magic Pudding. Episode 3 transcript
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