Favorite things: Noelle McCarthy shares the songs she wrote her memoir on
Rebecca Zephyr Thomas
Presenter and writer Noelle McCarthy produced the Stuff Tell Me About It: Real Lives Behind the News podcast.
Presenter and writer Noelle McCarthy grew up in the Irish city of Cork but moved to New Zealand as a young woman, eventually working for RNZ, and it was in this work that she was introduced to much from the country.
She now runs the Bird of Paradise podcast production company from her Wairarapa base – and the last series she produced, Tell Me About This: Real Lives Behind the Newsis hosted by Stuff reporters Kirsty Johnston and Michelle Duff.
The series is an intimate look at the messy complexities of feminism and journalism. The first season is out now.
His first book, a memoir titled Grand: Becoming my mother’s daughter, also just released: it explores the rocky terrain of mothers and daughters, relationships with alcohol (and the effect of alcohol on relationships), bereavement and Ireland. It is a wonderful read.
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TV show: buffy the vampire slayer was so smart and cheerful and subversive. The high school supernatural is one of my all-time favorite movie/TV genres.
In the 90s, we were spoiled for choice: The job, the lost boysand so on, but buffy come out. It wasn’t afraid to be downright scary (the gentlemen of Hush!), and the characters had depth and sparkle.
Restaurant: Moy Hall in Martinborough and the blue cheese gnocchi, but make sure you have your own bowl, don’t share it.
Song: I listened to Sinead O Connor mandingo and Steve Nicks Rooms on fire a lot when I was writing Grand.
To buy at the supermarket: Whatever the most expensive body wash is, I put it on with the groceries and feel like I got away with something, even if it’s my own money. What is that?
Book: Dracula by Bram Stocker. The finalist is the scarecrow by Ronald Hugh Morrison.
Artwork: The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Garment: A Witches dress by Miss Crabb, in a Liberty print called Black Forest. The edges of the sleeves are fraying gently, I have worn it so much.
Podcast: Obviously Tell me about it, which I host alongside brilliant Stuff journalists Michelle Duff and Kirsty Johnston. And Desert Island Discsthe most uplifting spiritual experience.
Film jurassic park. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough that we can watch it together.
Smell/perfume Jasmine sauvage and my husband’s cooking.
Destination Welcome to Ireland. And Catalonia
weekend ritual aspirant, Desert Island Discs, written in the afternoon. I’m not very good at weekends.
favorite person My daughter and my husband. And Johnny Cash and Hilary Mantel.
What has been your favorite job The first cafe I worked in was called Thyme Out and on your break you could eat as much soup and bread as you wanted. It was a great job.
I also love the work I do now, doing podcasts, talking to people, and writing books.