Our Pity Party & Zana Fraillon on young readers, leaving breadcrumbs & stardust

Because we are pretty sure you'll excuse us, being in the middle of the Melbourne lockdown, this week we have a bit of a whinge about the little things that are getting on our goat. And despite being a tiny bit crushed that she won't be frequenting book stores and getting squishy with readers, Kate … Continue reading Our Pity Party & Zana Fraillon on young readers, leaving breadcrumbs & stardust

#dothework & Chris Flynn on speaking with mammoths, criticism & famous friends

As the world focusses on the #Blacklivesmatter movement and here in Australia we are reminded, again, of our terrible legacy of Black deaths in custody - we are sharing some books, resources and news sources from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and activists that you can explore if you haven't already. This is a … Continue reading #dothework & Chris Flynn on speaking with mammoths, criticism & famous friends

Conversations with Friends #8: Sally Piper and Shady Cosgrove

This episode of Conversations with Friends with with authors Sally Piper and Shady Cosgrove. https://audioboom.com/posts/7593848-conversations-with-friends-8-sally-piper-and-shady-cosgrove Sally Piper (above) is the author of The Geography of Friendship (UQP, 2018/Legend Press, 2019), shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards - Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year, and Grace's Table (UQP, 2014/Legend Press, 2019), shortlisted for … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #8: Sally Piper and Shady Cosgrove

Catch up and Kay Kerr on #ownvoices, pandemics and the joys of waiting

This week's a coming-out-of-lockdown catch up! Firstly, the important news, The Mother Fault has a cover and it is BEAUTIFUL: Also discussed: Lee Koffman's blog  Writers Vic's Krissy Kneen's Writing the Sensual World Masterclass Australian Writers Centre Picture Book and TV screen writing courses The International Space Station YouTube channel The Last Dance (Netflix)  Jeff … Continue reading Catch up and Kay Kerr on #ownvoices, pandemics and the joys of waiting

Pitching and Nick Earls on crushing reviews, the universe and the importance of a good pillow

Batter up!  Let's talk pitching.  Katherine just pitched her novel (as yet unnamed, to be released next year) to TV and film producers as part of the Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable program.  How did it go? The hosts have tips for other people attempting this nerve racking exercise. Then Katherine talks to award winning and … Continue reading Pitching and Nick Earls on crushing reviews, the universe and the importance of a good pillow

Conversations with Friends #4: Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton

Old friends are the best kind of friends!  In this episode, we get to listen in on Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton as they discuss their long time friendship. It's a story that could be made into a movie!  They talk about being young writers, the city, the country, Sylvia Plath and would you believe, … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #4: Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton

Non-book recommendations and Melissa Ferguson on science fiction and writing about the future

This week the hosts give recommendation for thing that they think are great. Katherine’s are: Kumon (a maths tutoring program for kids) Having monitor that’s separate to your laptop Sarah Sentilles’s four questions (as discussed in this interview with Charlotte Wood) CorePlus online pilates, which is free!  AND they do daily live lessons AND you … Continue reading Non-book recommendations and Melissa Ferguson on science fiction and writing about the future

The Virus and Robert Lukins on Adrian Mole, libraries and literary nemeses

The hosts talk about The Virus – what they’re doing, what you can do and the importance of writing, even if it’s just a journal in dot points. Links! The City of Literature is offering authors virtual book launches for authors whose real life launches have been cancelled Our Twitter thread on books that just … Continue reading The Virus and Robert Lukins on Adrian Mole, libraries and literary nemeses

Second Book vs First Book & Mandy Beaumont on confidence & writing rage

Dearests, a quick note to let you know the next few eps are all pre-recorded and as such are blissfully pandemic free. Okay, so you all know we are deep in second book land. At the start of this new season we touch base on exactly how Book Two looks compared to Book One, in … Continue reading Second Book vs First Book & Mandy Beaumont on confidence & writing rage

We’re back! And Christian White on tension, readers and (no) Plan B

First up, thanks to our existing Patreons!  If you'd like to join this coveted group, head to our Patreon page. The hosts catch up on what they've been reading and listening.  The following gets a mention: The Authors for Fireys campaign – Raised over $500K!  Shout out to Emily Gale and Nova Weetman I mourn … Continue reading We’re back! And Christian White on tension, readers and (no) Plan B