Masters Series: Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was fourteen. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of seven novels and one work of non fiction. She has twice won the Miles Franklin award … Continue reading Masters Series: Michelle de Kretser

Masters Series: Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Weber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. Her first novel, When God Was a Rabbit was an international bestseller, her second A Year of Marvellous Ways was a Sunday Times bestseller and … Continue reading Masters Series: Sarah Winman

Masters series: Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a novelist, short story writer, poet and academic. He is the author of three novels: Ghost River, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSWs Premier’s Prize for Indigenous writing and also … Continue reading Masters series: Tony Birch

Bonus: 2022 Kick start with Madeleine Dore on productivity guilt, curiosity and labours of love

A special episode to kick of 2022! Kate speaks to writer and podcaster, Madeleine Dore about her creative career and her brand new book I Didn't Do the Thing Today: On letting go of productivity guilt. If you're keen for other writerly things to kick off your year, join Kate in her online workshop Basics … Continue reading Bonus: 2022 Kick start with Madeleine Dore on productivity guilt, curiosity and labours of love

Hannah Kent on boundaries, historical fiction & Devotion

Hannah Kent burst onto the world stage with the publication of Burial Rites (2013), which went on to be translated into over 30 languages, won an enormous number of prizes and went into adaptation for film for Sony Tristar. Her second novel The Good People was published in 2016, shortlisted for the Walter Scott award for … Continue reading Hannah Kent on boundaries, historical fiction & Devotion

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

Professionalism & John Purcell on pseudonyms, writing sex & what sells books

We put on our most professional outfits to discuss professionalism. We discuss: email signatures the difference between gravity sewer and pressure sewer (you really do have to listen) websites (Kate's new website will be live soon, and if you like the look, she used Jin & Co) Nina Kenwood (who we interviewed recently) and her … Continue reading Professionalism & John Purcell on pseudonyms, writing sex & what sells books

Listener feedback & Jannali Jones on NanoWriMo, persistence & cultural identity

Someone gave us a two star review. Katherine got a bit worried. We talk about the (mostly) fabulous feedback we get from our amazing listeners and we do a completely transparent request for your lovely reviews on iTunes, if you are so inclined. We also attempt to answer a question from one listener who wanted us … Continue reading Listener feedback & Jannali Jones on NanoWriMo, persistence & cultural identity

Waiting, worries & Davina Bell on writing for children

Katherine needs to debrief on her first ever hosting duties. She's been ruminating a little, and thinks there are some things she'll change when she does her next one... Kate is waiting. Just...waiting. Which she thinks is unbearable. The Twitter world suggested Netflix, whiskey, and more importantly, starting something new. Questions have started to trickle … Continue reading Waiting, worries & Davina Bell on writing for children