Audiobooks. Do you listen? How? Where? And what are your faves? If you’re a published author, have you listened to your own? Kate and Katherine struggled to listen to theirs, but bring you a snippet of both The Helpline audiobook and Skylarking. Among other things, they discuss the delights of listening to (anything with) Stephen Fry on long car trips, and the joys of beautifully created audiobooks such as Kate’s fave The Chimes by Anna Smail.
They also FINALLY discuss Kate’s book news!
Then Kate speaks to Melbourne writer and Director of Writers Victoria, Angela Savage.
Angela Savage is an award winning Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her debut novel, Behind the Night Bazaar, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. All three of her Jayne Keeney PI novels were shortlisted for Ned Kelly Awards. The Dying Beach was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. She has taught writing throughout Australia and overseas. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Monash University, and is currently Director of Writers Victoria. Her novel, Mother of Pearl, is published by Transit Lounge.
Kate speaks to Angela about
- Winning The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Vic Writer
- Shifting from writing crime to literary fiction (which Angela riffs on here)
- Writing a polyphonic narrative and mentor texts The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver & The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje & Sustenance by Simone Lazaroo
- The story behind Mother of Pearl
- Writing a novel through a PhD at Monash University
- Approaches to writing culturally diverse characters and being a responsible writer
- How to have a cracking book launch
- Being a good member of your writing community
- What Writers Victoria can offer
Angela’s advice for writers: You’ve got to write.
Angela recommends Annah Faulkner’s The Beloved as her fave debut.