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

Stephanie Smee on the art of translation

Stephanie Smee left a career in law to work as a literary translator. She has translated many works including award winning crime fiction, memoirs and children’s literature.  Stephanie mostly works in translating French to English, however her other languages include German, Italian and Swedish. Stephanie has two grown up children and  lives in Sydney with … Continue reading Stephanie Smee on the art of translation

Kate and Katherine talk: festival gossip

Kate is fresh off the plane from Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival and Katherine wants a FULL debrief. But how much dirt is Kate prepared to share? They discuss: Kate's events at MRRWF, Rabble Books and Beaufort BooksWhy IRL is better than twitter Kate's general crossness with diva behaviour Best earrings Perfect packing ALSO … Continue reading Kate and Katherine talk: festival gossip

Michael Brissenden on journalism, good stories and (our favourite topic) rejection

Michael Brissenden has worked for the ABC for more than thirty years. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. A two-time Walkley Award winner, Michael is now a reporter on the ABC'S 4 Corners. His debut novel THE LIST was published in 2018. DEAD LETTERS, his second novel … Continue reading Michael Brissenden on journalism, good stories and (our favourite topic) rejection

Evelyn Araluen on Dropbear, community & dislodging language

In this episode Kate speaks with poet, academic and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal, Evelyn Araluen. https://audioboom.com/posts/7847282-evelyn-araluen-on-dropbear-community-dislodging-language Evelyn Araluen was born and raised on Dharug country and is a descendent of the Bundjalung Nation. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry have been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright … Continue reading Evelyn Araluen on Dropbear, community & dislodging language

Season Three Wrap Up, AA on Emerging at Any Age & Maxine Beneba Clarke on Poetry, Picture Books & Twitter

We wrap up our year in podcasting, talk about our highlights and get excited about the fact that we do indeed have SEASON 4 coming to you in 2021! Our incredible Agony Aunt, Charlotte Wood counsels a listener who wants to know if it's too late for them to 'emerge' and she recommends a couple … Continue reading Season Three Wrap Up, AA on Emerging at Any Age & Maxine Beneba Clarke on Poetry, Picture Books & Twitter

Post-Lockdown, AA on Envy & Nardi Simpson on Storytelling & Unknowing

We are now POST LOCKDOWN in Melbourne and we discuss the first things we did with our new found freedom. Katherine is on the home stretch of editing Book 2 and Kate is recovering from her Instagram takeover. (Also reminding you about our little GIVEAWAY over on our Instagram this week) Our Agony Aunt Charlotte … Continue reading Post-Lockdown, AA on Envy & Nardi Simpson on Storytelling & Unknowing