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Kyla Brettle speaks with author and artist Emma Magenta about her recent publication, The Origin of Lament. The third in a series of illustrated books for adults, The Origin of Lament traces the adventures of a young girl called Magenta who struggles to find her inner self and happiness in the modern world. Both a self-help book and a gentle critique of New Age solutions, the Magenta series takes the form of children’s literature. The books are small and well presented in colour with delicate childlike illustrations and scrawling printed text that looks almost hand-written.

Duration: 10:13


Emma Magenta, Kyla Brettle.


Producer Kyla Brettle. Executive Producer, Michael Shirrefs.

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First broadcast on ABC Radio National's The Book Show October 17, 2007