Confidence & Alice Bishop on reading, writing trauma & quietness.

TW: This episode contains discussion of the experience of living with an eating disorder, and also discussion of the Black Saturday bushfires.

Confidence. How do you foster it? Kate went to see Madeline Dore interview with Zoe Foster Blake at the Melbourne Writers Festival and they chat about why this was a lightbulb moment in terms of working out what confidence looks like on the stage. (Kate’s also a massive fan of Madeline’s newsletter out of Extraordinary Routines) Katherine poses an excellent exercise for building confidence and Kate proposes a ‘confidence spray’.

Then Kate speaks with writer Alice Bishop.

Alice grew up in Christmas Hills and now lives in Thornbury, Victoria. Her first collection of short fiction is A Constant Hum, published in 2019. The beginnings of  A Constant Hum have been commended in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and then longlisted in both the inaugural Richell Prize and the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. Alice’s work has also appeared in Meanjin, Southerly, Australian Book Review, Griffith REVIEW, Overland, The Suburban Review, Visible Ink, Seizure, Voiceworks, and the human rights publication Right Now.

They talk (and cry at one point) about:

Alice recommends Josephine Rowe’s East of Here, Close to Water as her fave debut novel.

Find out more about Alice and her writing on her website and follow her on twitter and instagram.

Reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14 if anything in this episode impacts you.


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