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

Supporting other writers & Charlotte Wood on rejection, writing craft and bodies of work

How do you support your writing tribe? We chat about shout outs, buying books, ways to participate in the industry and Katherine's upcoming debate for Radio National at The State Library. We shout out to some of our fave local bookstores including Eltham Bookshop, Pickwick & Sprout in Hurstbridge and Readings, Carlton and we implore our … Continue reading Supporting other writers & Charlotte Wood on rejection, writing craft and bodies of work

Audiobooks & Angela Savage on switching genres, PhDs & writing community.

Audiobooks. Do you listen? How? Where? And what are your faves? If you're a published author, have you listened to your own? Kate and Katherine struggled to listen to theirs, but bring you a snippet of both The Helpline audiobook and Skylarking. Among other things, they discuss the delights of listening to (anything with) Stephen Fry … Continue reading Audiobooks & Angela Savage on switching genres, PhDs & writing community.

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.

Our super profitable side business & Irma Gold on putting your heart into the world.

In this episode, Katherine and Kate provide an update on their super profitable side business. Which, it turns out, is a Patreon page.  I know, right?  Innovative. Here's the video that explains all. If you want to contribute, check it out here.  Proceeds go towards paying our technical team to do the editing and production work … Continue reading Our super profitable side business & Irma Gold on putting your heart into the world.

Publicity & Alison Manning on what goes on in writers’ heads.

This week, Katherine and Kate discuss what happens the week after your book comes out. Kate talks about her first festival gig in Byron Bay, where she spoke in front of a crowd of oh, about four hundred people and Katherine gives the low down on her television appearance (check out her three and a … Continue reading Publicity & Alison Manning on what goes on in writers’ heads.

The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Finally, Katherine's launch of The Helpline! Kate remembers her own launch felt like a wedding and Katherine talks through her feels, her braids and how she ended up eating Grill'd chips at the end of the night. We promised pics, so here's a few to show you what went down at Readings in Carlton. Then, … Continue reading The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Feelings & Annabel Smith & Jane Rawson on firsts, festivals and asking for help.

Uh oh. Katherine looked at Goodreads. Now she feels awful. (Although let's remember this episode was recorded BEFORE KATHERINE'S BOOK EVEN CAME OUT.) So we talk about feelings. Katherine asks Kate what feelings are normal before your book comes out and Kate replies, 'everything'. There is some groaning and sighing and also talk of Tibetan … Continue reading Feelings & Annabel Smith & Jane Rawson on firsts, festivals and asking for help.