Brendan Cowell on process, poetry & stirring the pot

Brendan Cowell is an award winning Australian actor, writer and director. He wrote the the hit play Ruben Guthrie for Belvoir St Theatre and went on to write and direct the film adaption, winning an Australian Writers Guild Award for the screenplay. His eleven plays have been produced all around the world, winning him multiple … Continue reading Brendan Cowell on process, poetry & stirring the pot

Claire Christian on pleasure, rom coms and writing good sex

Claire Christian is a storyteller: a writer, theatre-maker and facilitator. She has had four plays published by Playlab, including Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, which debuted at La Boite in 2018. She also directed Michelle Law’s smash-hit comedy Single Asian Female. Claire co-hosts the podcast My Mate Reckons. Claire’s debut novel, Beautiful Mess, won the Text Prize in 2016. It’s … Continue reading Claire Christian on pleasure, rom coms and writing good sex

Maggie Shipstead on awe, detail & leaps of faith

Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Seating Arrangements, Astonish Me, and Great Circle, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of … Continue reading Maggie Shipstead on awe, detail & leaps of faith

Alice Pung on class, voice and why she writes

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner … Continue reading Alice Pung on class, voice and why she writes

Iain Ryan on crime rules, choose your own adventure and The Taylor Swift Theory

Iain Ryan is an Australian writer who grew up in Brisbane, but now lives in Melbourne with his family. A crime writer - he is the author of FOUR DAYS (2015) and THE STUDENT(2017), both shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. his work has been previously published by Akashic Books Online, Crime Factory, Kill Your … Continue reading Iain Ryan on crime rules, choose your own adventure and The Taylor Swift Theory

Ailsa Wild on Acrobatics, Collaboration and Caring.

Ailsa Wild is an award-winning Australian author. She's the creator of The Naughtiest Pixie and the hilarious Squishy Taylor series, which has been published in the US, UK, Spain and Turkey and she has written picture books and a graphic novel. She is also a performer, acrobat and professional whip-cracker. She lives with her family … Continue reading Ailsa Wild on Acrobatics, Collaboration and Caring.

YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Jessie Tu

Jessie Tu is a Sydney-based journalist and writer. She was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Australia in 1992 with her family. Tu trained as a classical violinist for more than 15 years. Failing to succeed as a professional musician, she taught music. She's taught at refugee camps in the Middle East, volunteered with AUSAID … Continue reading YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Jessie Tu

YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Michael Veitch

Michael Veitch is an actor, writer and broadcaster. He began his career in television comedy programs such asThe D-Generation, Fast Forward and Full Frontal, before freelancing as a columnist and arts reviewer for newspapers and magazines. For four years he presented Sunday Arts, the national arts show on ABC television, and has broadcast regularly across Australia … Continue reading YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Michael Veitch

YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and the author of three non-fiction books. His latest is My Year of Living Vulnerably – his follow up memoir to his best selling and critically acclaimed One Hundred Years of Dirt. Rick is the Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper and the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award … Continue reading YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Rick Morton

YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently The Good Sister which was an instant bestseller. Her novel, The Mother In Law has been optioned for a TV series by Hollywood actress and producer, Amy Poehler.   Sally has lived around the world and previously worked in event management and … Continue reading YVWF: I Didn’t Plan it That Way with Sally Hepworth