First Tuesday Bookclub

ARTS CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 7 February 8.00pm

First Tuesday Book Club is ABC TV’s first nationally televised book club. Hosted by Jennifer Byrne it draws on the basic models of national and international book clubs, the series brings to the screen the pleasures that draw millions of clubbers worldwide to these groups with their shared love of reading. It is a nationally televised forum for literary debate and conversation not easily found elsewhere. Each episode aims to rekindle nostalgic literary favourites and encourage viewers to read books they might not have otherwise read, a spine tingling experience.

ARTS CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 7 July, 8.30pm & 9.00pm

Journalist and publisher Jennifer Byrne hosts First Tuesday Book Club on ABC TV. Byrne will be joined by a panel of book lovers and experts who will discuss titles from fiction, non-fiction, biography, thriller, romance and history genres. Byrne, publishing director at Reed Books in the mid-1990s also fronted the ABC’s My Favourite Book special. She says the show will always “hunt out the best and liveliest of the new, the memorable of the old – and everyone’s invited”.

THE HOST: Jennifer Byrne started early in journalism, as a cadet journalist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne in 1972. She covered all major rounds as part of her training, and went on to become a specialist in environment and planning, a feature and editorial writer, and co-editor of the Monthly Review, a literary magazine published monthly by The Age. At the age of 23, she was posted to San Francisco as The Age’s West Coast correspondent.

REGULAR PANELISTS: Marieke Hardy: The granddaughter of Frank Hardy, Marieke Hardy was born on or around the set of The Sullivans and has remained in television ever since. From inauspicious beginnings as a lisping child actor in The Henderson Kids II, she has both appeared in and written for many Australian dramas from Blue Heelers to Always Greener to Something in the Air.

Jason Steger: Jason Steger is the books editor of The Age and The Sunday Age. Born in Wimbledon in 1956 he attained BA Hons in American and English Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury.