This Saturday Morning: Kim begins the morning getting the latest from the UK with The Guardian's former deputy political editor Anne Perkins, after yet another tumultuous week for Prime Minister Theresa May; one of New Zealand's most well-known writers, Paula Morris, talks about her upcoming adventure in Menton, France, after winning the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship; Professor Mohamad Abdalla is a visiting academic and a man working to ease tensions against Muslim Australians; another Australian, Matt Preston, is the MasterChef judge with the natty cravat and a new cookbook; Forest & Bird's Debs Martin talks about her quest to survey the Pelorus Sound long-tailed bat population;  Dr Mike Murphy discuses the promise of MitoQ, the mitochondria-targeting anti-oxidant; and in Kim's final show of the year, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch review their favourite reads of 2018. 


8:09  Anne Perkins - Brexit latest

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May Photo: AFP / FILE

Anne Perkins

Anne Perkins Photo: Guardian

Anne Perkins is a political commentator, writer and broadcaster, and the former deputy political editor of  The Guardian. She will talk to Kim about a week in which it was revealed British PM Theresa May has lost about a third of her party's support, as she heads into a contentious final vote on the shape of the Brexit deal.



8:30 Paula Morris - Bonjour Menton

Paula Morris

Paula Morris Photo: supplied

Novelist, short story writer and essayist, Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Fellow, announced by the Arts Foundation this week. She will spend at least four months in Menton, southern France, with access to the writing room below Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield created some of her most important work. She joins a long list of celebrated New Zealand writers who have taken up the fellowship. Morris has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships, including Bellagio (the Rockefeller Foundation) in Italy, Brecht's House in Denmark, Passa Porta in Belgium, and the International Writers and Translators' House in Ventspils, Latvia. Since 2003 she has taught creative writing at universities, including Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of Sheffield in England. She is convenor of the Master in Creative Writing programme at the University of Auckland.

9:06 Professor Mohamad Abdalla - Muslim in Australia

Professor Mohamad Abdalla

Professor Mohamad Abdalla Photo: supplied

Professor Mohamad Abdalla is one of Australia's most prominent Muslim leaders. Over the last 15 years, he played a leading role in establishing Islamic Studies (Research and Teaching) as an academic area of study in Australia, including securing $8m to establish the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS), a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney. Professor Abdalla has been a guest of Victoria University's Faculty of Education in the past week.


9:35 Matt Preston - Sharp suit, great kai

Matt Preston

Matt Preston Photo: supplied

Australian food writer, author and TV personality Matt Preston is a familiar face to Kiwi fans of MasterChef Australia. He is one of the show's three judges and is known for his cravats and colourful, occasionally outrageous, suits. Preston writes a weekly food column for Newscorp's metro newspapers and he is a senior editor for Delicious and Taste magazines. His new cookbook is called Yummy, Easy, Quick: Around the World.


10:04 Debs Martin - Pelorus Sound long-tailed bat project

The long-tailed bat (pekapeka)

The long-tailed bat (pekapeka) Photo: Colin O'Donnell / Forest and Bird

Debs Martin

Debs Martin Photo: supplied

Debs Martin has been the regional manager for Forest & Bird in the top of the South Island since 2004.  In recent years she has helped develop several biodiversity strategies for the region - and is currently working to preserve the critically endangered New Zealand long-tailed bat which is headed for extinction unless populations are identified and protected.  Martin became involved in bat conservation in South Canterbury in the early 2000s as a volunteer for Forest and Bird, and then in Marlborough in 2005 after identifying long-tailed bats flying around the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve one warm November evening.




10:20   Dr Mike Murphy - Developing anti-oxidants that fight aging

Dr Mike Murphy

Dr Mike Murphy Photo: supplied

Dr Mike Murphy is one of the world's leading scientists in mitochondrial research.  Originally from Ireland, he is nowadays the programme leader at the Mitochondrial Biology Unit at Cambridge University. Dr Murphy studied at Otago University, where he developed MitoQ, a mitochondria-targeting anti-oxidant, which looks likely to be effective in preventing cardiovascular disease and other diseases of aging. Dr Murphy was in New Zealand to be the keynote speaker at the Society of Free Radical Research Australasia Conference at the University of Auckland.




11:04  Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch - Reading 2018

Photos of Laura Kroetsch and Kate De Goldi

Laura Kroetsch (left) and Kate De Goldi Photo: supplied

Kate De Goldi is a children's author, publisher, and reviewer. Her latest book is From The Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, and she is a regular guest on Saturday Morning to discuss children's literature. Laura Kroetsch lives in Adelaide, where she was director of the Adelaide Writers' Week for seven years - stepping down after the 2018 event to work for Hobart's Dark Mofo festival where she is programme director of the Dark and Dangerous Thoughts symposium. De Goldi and Kroetsch join Kim to talk about their favourite and most memorable reads of 2018. 



Books mentioned in this episode


The Impossible State

by Wael Hallaq

Columbia University Press

ISBN 9780231162562


Yummy, Easy, Quick: Around the World

By Matt Preston

ISBN: 9781760555368



Kate De Goldi's picks: 


(Kate De Goldi chose a number of her books after listening to the Backlisted podcast


Ulverton & Pieces of LIght by Adam Thorpe

 A long way from Verona by Jane Gardam

A year and a day by William Mayne (cf Katherine Rundell's work & The Mapmaker's Race by Eirlys Hunter)

Barking Dogs by Rebekah Clarkson (cf Amy & Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout)

Draw your weapons & Breaking up with God by Sarah Sentilles

Mr Godley's Phantom by Mal Peet

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Reader, come home by Maryanne Wolf

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew  Battles


Audio books:

Tana French's backlist

The Dry & The Lost Man by Jane Harper


Currently reading: 

Milkman by Anna Burns (Booker winner)


Holiday reading:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Everything under by Daisy Johnson

Rewording the Brain by David Astle

Rotoroa by Amy Head


Laura Kroetsch's books:



Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Lawrence Osborne

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier



An American Marriage by Tarayi Jones

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Florida by Lauren Groff

The Afterlives:  A Novel by Thomas Pierce  (Hall of Small Mammals is an earlier book of short stories)

The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg



In Extremis by Lindsay Hilsum

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel



Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter




Music played in this show

Artist: Anika Moa
Song: Buttercup
Composer: Anika Moa
Album: Anika Moa
Played at: 8:10