Ep 11: Rattled explores the subtle terror of being stalked + Why Viking tales never lose their mystique

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Ellis Gunn didn’t just survive the terrifying and unsettling experience of being stalked.  She wrote about it, in a book that is part poetic real life thriller, part advice manual for women.


It may be many centuries since Vikings raided, traded and settled across Europe and Scandinavia, but time has not dimmed the romance of their stories. Viking scholar Dr Lisa Bennett explores why the heroic sagas continue to be a rich inspiration for authors and film-makers. 


Ellis Gunn, author of Rattled

Dr Lisa Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Flinders University and author of forthcoming speculative non-fiction title ‘Viking Women; Life and Lore’

Our Random Reader - Annie

Other books that get a mention:

Ellis Gunn mentions ‘Troll Hunting’ by Ginger Gorman. She also mentions a group called ‘Action Against Stalking’ established by Anne Moulds in Scotland.

Annie and Lisa Bennett mention the books ‘The Greenlanders’ by Jane Smiley, ‘Norse Mythology’ by Neil Gaiman, ‘Norse Tales’ and other books about vikings for young people by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

They mention the film ‘The Northmen’ starring Nicole Kidman and the TV series ‘Vikings’. Cath and Annie both recommend the SBS TV series “Beforeigners’.

The Icelandic historian, politician and poet mentioned by Lisa is Snorri Sturluson.

Music composed by Quentin Grant 


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