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Dreams Reads + Sounds

Molly McLaughlin and Stephanie Wang

“Dream a little dream of me…”

For our most recent Magazine: The Dream Issue, we asked writer and bookseller at Muse, Stephanie Wang and our resident podcast enthusiast, Molly McLaughlin, to compile a list of dreamy reads and podcasts.



Lewis Carroll

Via wikipedia

Via wikipedia

Alice Liddell dozes by the river one golden afternoon and is roused by the strange sight of a bunny in a waistcoat, checking
a pocket watch. Lewis Carroll’s perennial classic is perhaps the quintessential children’s book –
full of dreamlike encounters and absurdities; beloved by young and old alike.


Barack Obama

Via wikipedia

Via wikipedia

Before the presidency, before politics, Barack Obama was
a young law student whose estranged father had just passed. Both a meditation on race and a deeply personal story about his quest to understand his origins, the book is an honest, heartfelt account about the homes we inherit, and the ones we find.


Shaun Tan


Via www.allenandunwin.com

Originally conceived when Tan was asked to illustrate the German edition of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, The Singing Bones features snippets of folk and fairy tales that have been illustrated, unusually, through sculpture. The medium transforms, under Tan’s deft hands, into something beautiful and otherworldly, stripping the tales – sometimes literally – to their bones.


Neil Gaiman

Via www.vertigocomics.com

Via www.vertigocomics.com

This groundbreaking series – 
now nearing the end of its third decade of publication – seems to be everyone’s gateway drug into graphic novels. With good reason: its dark, sprawling mythos of dream gods and far-flung places is indescribably compelling. With each issue, Gaiman taps into an unspoken truth – that dreams are stories, and stories are essential.


Aude de Tocqueville

Image via www.hachettebookgroup.com

Image via www.hachettebookgroup.com

There’s something haunting about cities – how they’re born, die, pass into legend or disappear entirely. This gorgeously illustrated book focuses on exactly that; cities that now exist only in collective memory or as empty husks. Full of odd facts, maps, and curiosities, this book will delight and inspire in equal measure.

All books can be purchased from Muse bookstore, East Hotel, Kingston. 


Podcasts can take you into another world, created purely from sound. Some are perfect for fantasising about your future, while others are the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re planning your dream career or trying to scare yourself so much you can’t sleep – there’s a podcast for that.


An independent podcast out of Melbourne that discusses sleep, dreams, nightmares, and what goes on in your head after dark. And that means anything could happen.

Listen here.


This one is self-explanatory. Just as exciting as the regular TED Talks but each episode brings together a couple of talks on a theme and delves deeper into the 
big questions.

Listen here.


Canberra’s very own 
Lee Constable and Sian Willoughby interview people about what gets them on their soapbox. The guests discuss how they have found innovative and intriguing ways to make their dreams a reality.

Listen here.


A serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome To Nightvale, Alice Isn’t Dead quietly questions whether there is anything at all that the characters can trust and tells a story of conspiracy, illusion, and friendship.

Listen here.


Nocturne is all about the night-time. Described as ‘essay radio’, it brings together elements of documentary, interview, and fiction to uncover the dark, often-overlooked aspects of life.

Listen here.

You can read this article in full and more in our latest edition of Magazine: The Dream Issue. Available for free while stocks last. Click here to find your closest stockist. 



Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author