Between the Leaves
Episode one: Work

Sometimes as an antidote
To fear of death,
I eat the stars.”

Hosts Ellen van Neerven and Hermina Burns share a selection of poems that pay homage to the work that women and gender diverse people do, the hidden histories of unpaid labour, and the real meaning of work.

Featured poets

Maya Angelou

Hermina Burns

Dr. Jeanine Leane

Ellen van Neerven

Rebecca Elson

Poems (in order of appearance)

Angelou, Maya. “Woman Work.” And Still I Rise Random House, 1978.

Burns, Hermina. “Ironing.” Bite of a Bluebottle Bristlebird Press, 2019.

Leane, Jeanine. “Unfinished Business”. Cordite Poetry Review, 1 February 2019.

van Neerven, Ellen. “Vinegar”. Cordite Poetry Review, 1 February 2019.

Elson, Rebecca. “Antidotes to Fear of Death”. Responsibility to Awe, published by Carcanet Classics, 2018.



Hosts Ellen van Neerven, Hermina Burns

Music (Intro) Loop Lady – 2. In the Middle by Sally Whitwell; (outro) Black Smoke by Emily Wurramara

Co-producers Mary Crooks AO, Maria Chetcuti, Ally Oliver-Perham

Sound engineer Nicholas Pollock

Recording Squeak E. Clean Studios, the Voice Plant

Graphic design Aimee Carruthers