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Podcast: Beyond Carousel - Videos & podcasts for schools

Podcast: Beyond Carousel

October 11, 2016

In the thrilling sequel to Carousel, Nox, Taylor and Lizzy have just escaped a nightmare. After months of being trapped inside a shopping centre they are finally free. Free to roam the streets of Perth and free to solve the mystery of what happened outside the doors of Carousel.

Brendan Ritchie reads from Beyond Carousel

Meet the author

Your books, Carousel and Beyond Carousel, both have a dark edge. They contemplate a post-apocalyptic world where only artists survive. What inspired these stories? And why artists?

 I’ve always been a fan of post-apocalyptic literature. As well as being tense and engaging, books in this genre can tell us a lot about our society: what we value; who we can rely upon; where we’re headed. What I wanted to do within Carousel and Beyond Carousel is explore the genre in a new way. Instead of the fighters we often see as the central characters within post-apocalyptic literature, my books focus on artists. I have always found artists pretty fascinating – particularly the famous and established ones.

Wise and brooding songwriter Ed Carrington, aka the Curator, is a brilliant character. So is manic Hollywood actress Cara Winters. Do they draw on real people?

Ed is probably my favourite character in Beyond Carousel. He’s the focal point for a lot of frustration and anger within the characters, but also a lot of hope. I like the way that Ed eventually does become a saviour, but maybe not in the way you might have expected.

I always imagined Ed in the Paul Kelly mould. An everyday kind of guy, but with an ability to cut through to the masses. I find his music so simple and elegant, but also very true. I think Paul Kelly is almost the unofficial voice of our nation, as is Ed in this fictional world.

As for Cara, she’s kind of an amalgamation of a few Hollywood actresses. I’m really interested to hear who people happen to see in her.

What do you hope your readers will take away from Beyond Carousel?

 I think Beyond Carousel contains a positive message about hope and identity. The idea that figuring out who we are in life, and what we’re supposed to be doing, can occur in a random and unexpected way. This was certainly the case for Nox.

I also hope it will trigger readers to consider the importance of art within our society. Beyond Carousel suggests that when it comes to the crunch, art is as integral to our survival as anything within society.