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

Hosting events & Sarah Mayberry on romance, euphemisms & independent publishing

Katherine’s been invited to do an event with Graeme Simsion, which let’s face it is pretty awesome but what’s she meant to actually do? She gets advice from Kate, who is as luck would have it, a pretty awesome host. (See this episode on author talks if you want to know what it’s like being … Continue reading Hosting events & Sarah Mayberry on romance, euphemisms & independent publishing

Jealousy, FOMO & Carly Findlay on memoir, activism & love trumping hate

Image: Woman with red face and short, dark curly hair.  She's smiling. In this episode the hosts discuss FOMO.  Yes, Fear of Missing Out. They also discuss it’s counterpart: Actually Missing Out (AMO?) . Kate read this article by Jane Sullivan in The Age, which said writers should aim for a hundred rejections a year.  … Continue reading Jealousy, FOMO & Carly Findlay on memoir, activism & love trumping hate

Summer reads & J.P Pomare on pragmatism, self doubt & tattoos.

After what seemed like an ENDLESS summer apart, Katherine and Kate catch up on what they read and listened to. Without planning, both read Sarah Krasnostein's The Trauma Cleaner as their first of the year, and both were stupendously impressed. Among Kate's highlights were Chloe Hooper's The Arsonist, Kristina Olssen's Shell and the audiobook of … Continue reading Summer reads & J.P Pomare on pragmatism, self doubt & tattoos.