A collection of storytelling podcasts, interviews, and reviews. So grab a cuppa, sit back, relax, and have a listen.

Storytelling on Radio NZ

In 2013 Radio New Zealand asked me to read 11 episodes from my book ‘Moon Over Martinborough’. Below are links to the podcasts.

Part 1: Getting intimate with a cast sheep & The first time I saw the trees (11:20)
In this introductory double episode, I get intimate with a cast sheep and then go back in time to tell the story of how CJ dragged me out to the country.

Part 2: Meeting the neighbors (5:39)
CJ and I move in to our new house in the country with the help of our city friends, and a neighbor comes knocking at the door.

Part 3: Invaded by woolly monsters (6:28)
On a hot December day, we are invaded by woolly monsters.

Part 4: Giant beings in the bottom paddock (5:06)
Suddenly we’ve got giant beings in the bottom paddock, and it’s magical.

Part 5: The ballad of the broody hen (5:59)
Ethel, one of the Fat English ladies, transforms into a growling, rabid beast. What was I to do?

Part 6: The very first olive harvest (6:30)
CJ and I invite the city friends out to help with the olive harvest, and we visit the press as the amazing oil appears.

Part 7: CJ wants a pet pig (6:14)
CJ announces that he wants a pet pig, and I absolutely refuse. Of course CJ prattles on about the pig for some time, and I finally give in.

Part 8: Old Man Henry fades (5:20)
Our geriatric rooster starts laying on our hen’s eggs, and I know something’s wrong.

Part 9: My first time pickling olives (5:28)
The first time I ever tried to pickle olives, it all went smoothly. Right? Wrong.

Part 10: One sick pig (5:53)
CJ’s beloved pet pig, Old Lady Lucy, gets sick while CJ is away.

Part 11: The olive muse and Moore Wilson’s (4:55)
My very first olive oil tasting, where I talk to real live humans.


Radio NZ: Olive oil industry growing (8:48)
Aired on 6 January 2014.

Newstalk ZB: Tim Fookes Show
Aired on 25 July 2013.

Radio NZ: Afternoons with Jim Mora (25:12)
Aired on 17 June 2013.

Newstalk ZB: Justin du Fresne Show (14:52)
Aired on 15 June 2013.

RadioLIVE: The Home & Garden Show (7:53)
Aired on 8 June 2013. Interview by Helen Jackson and Tony Murrell.

Radio NZ: Country Life (24:35)
Aired on 22 July 2011. Includes a fabulous recording of the pigs! Amelia Nurse visits our Martinborough olive grove to see how ‘Rick’ and I are faring with our trees. (This was recorded back when I used to call CJ by his blog pseudonym, ‘Rick’. So don’t let it confuse you. That’s really CJ. Read about his name change here.)

Radio NZ: Country Life – Bonus audio (3:09)
Bonus online audio from the 22 July 2011 interview. This is chicken heartbreak. The story of the late blooming love of Old Man Henry and Francoise the Aracauna.


Newstalk ZB: Tilly Lloyd Talks Books
Aired 11 July 2013. Tilly Lloyd, the Book Goddess of Unity Books, discusses my book ‘Moon Over Martinborough’ with Tim Fookes.

Related link

Sun on the fence by the olive grove

3 thoughts on “Podcasts

  1. fatness now fitness

    Until I listened to part 2 I didn’t realise that there was so much New Zealand lingo already in our family – how could you not call a barbie a barbie? – the charcoal and cold beer version that is.

  2. fatness now fitness

    That is so cool I only know them as patio doors or sliding doors – doorwall – sounds much better – I love the chess playing – rocket ship building sheep MP3 – episode 3 – well worth a listen folks.

    Perhaps not if you actually need a text on sheep management but very entertaining!


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