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Love writing? Looking to improve your writing? Or do you just love listening to writers talk about their craft? If yes, The Garret: Writers on Writing is for you. The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do. The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University. A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen). The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.  The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.

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Love writing? Looking to improve your writing? Or do you just love listening to writers talk about their craft? If yes, The Garret: Writers on Writing is for you. The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do. The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University. A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen). The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.  The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.

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Love writing? Looking to improve your writing? Or do you just love listening to writers talk about their craft? If yes, The Garret: Writers on Writing is for you. The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do. The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University. A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen). The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.  The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.

Rank #1: J. P. Pomare

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Joshua Pomare is an award winning writer. His short form work is published in Meanjin, Kill Your DarlingsTakahe and Mascara Literary Review. Joshua's first novel, the literary thriller Call Me Evie, became an instant bestseller. He is also a podcaster, and has hosted On Writing since 2015.

About The Garret

In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category.

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/joshua-pomare/ (or at the Omny episode webpage). 

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Mar 14 2019

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Rank #2: Shaun Tan

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Shaun Tan is a Melbourne-based writer and artist. Shaun is best known for his illustrated books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. His works have been published around the world.

  • Cicada (2018)
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008) received the Western Australian Premier's Book Award in the Young Adult category and the South Australian Premier's Award
  • The Arrival (2006) Book of the Year in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards,  Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year and the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize, as well as the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Related Book
  • The Red Tree (2001) received the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Children's Literature, and was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards
  • The Lost Thing (2000) shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year
  • The Rabbits (1998) Children's Book Council of Australia, Picture Book of the Year and Aurealis Conveners' Award for Excellence.

Shaun has also worked as a concept artist for animated films, including Pixar's WALL-E. He directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing.

Shaun received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature, in 2011. He has also been awarded the Hugo Award, the Ditmar Award and the Locus Award.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com.

The Garret is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and partners with the State Library of Victoria. The Garret is hosted by Astrid Edwards, who you can follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Aug 29 2018

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Rank #3: Jay Kristoff

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*Beware, there are spoilers of The Nevernight Chronicles in this interview.*

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of multiple series, including The Lotus War and The Nevernight Chronicles, as well as The Illuminae Files with Amie Kaufman. In this interview, our host Astrid quizzes Jay on Nevernight, Darkdawn and Godsgrave, the three books that make up The Nevernight Chronicles.

You can listen to Jay's previous appearance on The Garret (live at the State Library with Amie Kaufman) here.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com and Omny.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Aug 21 2019

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Rank #4: #2 fiction interview of 2018: David Malouf

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To celebrate the end of 2018, we've re-released our highest rating fiction interviews of the year: #2 is David Malouf.

David is an internationally recognised Australian writer. He has received the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, the Australian Literature Society Gold Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Booker International Prize, and in 2011 was a finalist in the Man Booker International Prize for services to literature.

His body of work is long and distinguished, and includes:

  • Johnno (1975)
  • An Imaginary Life (1978), awarded the NSW Premier’s Literary Award
  • Fly Away Peter (1982), awarded The Age Book of the Year
  • 12 Edmonstone Street (1985)
  • The Great World (1990), awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Remembering Babylon (1993), awarded the inaugural International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • The Conversations at Curlow Creek (1996), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and The Age Book of the Year Award
  • The Complete Stories (2007)
  • Ransom (2009), shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award
  • The Writing Life (2014)
  • An Open Book (2018).

Read the complete transcript of our interview with David at thegarretpodcast.com/david-malouf.

You can find more than 80 interviews with writers talking about writing at thegarretpodcast.com. The Garret is hosted by Astrid Edwards, who you can follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Dec 30 2018

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Rank #5: Miles Franklin Shortlist 2019: Rodney Hall, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Gregory Day

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The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced on 2 July in Sydney. Rodney Hall (shortlisted for A Stolen Season), Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Lebs) and Gregory Day (A Sand Archive) appear in this interview, which was recorded on 3 July and released on 4 July 2019.

Rodney is first, followed by Mohammed at 15:40 and Gregory at 29:50.

You can listen to interviews with the other three shortlisted authors - Gail Jones, Jennifer Mills and Melissa Lucashenko - in Part 1.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com or Omny.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Jul 04 2019

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Rank #6: Kate Richards

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Kate Richards is a memoirist, poet and most recently, a novelist. In 2019 Kate moved from non-fiction to the world of fiction with her first novel, Fusion.

Her first work, 2013's Madness: A Memoir, received the Adelaide Festival's Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. Kate followed that stunning debut with 2014's Is There No Place For Me: Making Sense of Madness, which was shortlisted for the Human Rights Award. 

Her work goes where few writers have ever gone. It is profound and honest, and represents not only a contribution to Australian literature, but a contribution to literature on mental health and identify.

This episode comes with a content warning, as Kate's memoir and our discussion of it touches on trauma and mental illness.

Related episodes:

  • Sam Twyford-Moore, mentioned in this interview, spoke to The Garret about writing mania and chronic ill health.
  • Fiona Wright, whose creative non-fiction works explore chronic ill health, also spoke about writing one's own story and how to represent illness on the page. 

About The Garret

In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category.

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/kate-richards (or at the Omny episode webpage). 

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

May 08 2019

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Rank #7: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Live at the Library

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The Garret LIVE at the Library

In partnership with the State Library of Victoria, The Garret hosted a series of live events with leading Australian writers in 2018.

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff spoke at our third event. They are the co-authors of the acclaimed Illuminae Files, a YA sci-fi space opera trilogy. All three books in the series debuted on the New York Times, and the first two, Iluminae and Gemina, were awarded the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2016 and 2017. The third, Obsidio, is in the running for the same award 2018. Jay and Amie are also in the process of writing their second trilogy, the Aurora Cycle.

In this interview, they spoke to our host Astrid Edwards about the art and craft of co-authoring.

About The Garret

The Garret is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and partners with the State Library of Victoria. The Garret is hosted by Astrid Edwards, who you can follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Sep 19 2018

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Rank #8: Michelle de Kretser

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Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle was an editor for Lonely Planet and founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review before devoting herself to literary fiction.

This interview was recorded shortly before Michelle received the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Michelle's works include:

  • The Life to Come (2017), awarded the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2018 Stella Prize
  • Springtime (2014)
  • Questions of Travel (2012), awarded the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the ALS Gold Medal, and the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
  • The Lost Dog (2007), longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction, awarded the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal
  • The Hamilton Case (2003), awarded the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize
  • The Rose Grower (1999).

Related episode:

About The Garret

Astrid Edwards is the new host of The Garret. Astrid has been with The Garret from the start, and she is now stepping out from behind the scenes. You can follow Astrid on Twitter or Instagram.

Jul 11 2018

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Rank #9: John Marsden: On The Art of Growing Up

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John Marsden has influenced generations of children and teenagers. He has published more than 40 books, including the beloved Tomorrow When the War Began seriesIn 2019 he released his manifesto on teaching and parenting, The Art of Growing Up.

He has sold over five million books and has won every major award in Australia for young people's fiction.

John founded two schools in Victoria, Candlebark and Alice Miller. The two schools enrolled 380 students in 2019.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com or Omny.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Jul 24 2019

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Rank #10: Marieke Hardy

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Marieke Hardy is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, and in this interview she takes us behind the scenes of programming the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival.

Marieke is also a screenwriter, author, curator and immersive theatre maker. She has written columns for The Age, Frankie and The Drum, and also written for television including Laid, The Family Law and Seven Types of Ambiguity. She released her memoir You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead in 2011, co-curated the international literary salon Women of Letters, and appeared on the ABC's The Book Club.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com or Omny.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #11: Ceridwen Dovey

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Ceridwen Dovey is a South African born Australian author and anthropologist.

Her debut novel Blood Kin (2008) was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award and selected for the US National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ honours list.

Her second book Only the Animals (2014) was awarded the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa).

Her third novel In the Garden of the Fugitives was released in 2018. Ceridwen will also publish the next in Black Inc’s Writers on Writers series, Ceridwen Dovey on J.M. Coetzee, in late 2018.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com.

The Garret is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and partners with the State Library of Victoria. The Garret is hosted by Astrid Edwards, who you can follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Aug 01 2018

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Rank #12: #1 fiction interview of 2019: Christos Tsiolkas On 'Damascus'

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating fiction interviews of the year: #1 is Christos Tsiolkas.

Christos is one of Australia's most courageous writers. He has published six novels, several of which have been adapted for the screen. Damascus (2019) is his latest work.

Christos is best known for Loaded (1995), which became the movie Head On, and The Slap (2008) was turned into an Australian and U.S. television miniseries after it won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

Christos is also a playwright, essayist, screen writer and film critic. His other works include Dead Europe (2005), which won the Age Fiction Prize and the Melbourne Best Writing Award, and The Jesus Man (1999). His critical literary study On Patrick White came out in 2018. 

About The Garret

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #13: Izzy Roberts-Orr

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Izzy Roberts-Orr is the Co-CEO and Artistic Director of both the Emerging Writers Festival and the Digital Writers Festival.

She is also a podcaster, part of the team behind Sisteria and The Rereaders, as well as Broadwave, a curated network of Australian podcasts telling community-driven stories.

Izzy is also a poet and playwright.

About The Garret

The Garret is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and partners with the State Library of Victoria. The Garret is hosted by Astrid Edwards, who you can follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Sep 12 2018

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Rank #14: The Stella Prize 2019: Vicki Laveau-Harvie

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Vicki Laveau-Harvie was born in Canada, but lived for many years in France before settling in Australia. She worked as a translator and editor in France, and then lectured in French Studies at Macquarie University in Australia. After retiring, she taught ethics in a primary school.

Vicki's debut work, her memoir The Erratics, won the Finch Memoir Prize in 2018 and The Stella Prize in 2019. 

About The Garret

In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category.

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/vicki-laveau-harvie (or at the Omny episode webpage). 

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Apr 12 2019

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Rank #15: Maxine Beneba Clarke and Magan Magan: Live at the Library

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The Garret LIVE at the Library

In partnership with the State Library of Victoria, The Garret hosts a series of live events with leading Australian writers. This event was recorded on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

In this event, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Magan Magan discuss Growing up African in Australia with host Astrid Edwards and Shantel Wetherall. The discussion explores all angles of Growing Up African in Australia - Maxine's role as editor, Magan's role as editor and contributor, and Shantel's experience as a reader who grew up as part of the African Diaspora.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014). Her most recent poetry collection Carrying The World won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry. Maxine is the author of the CBCA winning picture book The Patchwork Bike and her critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race is being adapted for stage for Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. She writes for the Saturday Paper.

Magan Magan is a writer and poet who has read work at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival. His work has been published in Cordite Poetry Review and the anthologies Shots from the ChamberAustralian Poetry and Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Magan's latest book is From Grains to Gold (2018).

Shantel Wetherall is a Melbourne culture writer, presenter and maker. Her work is featured in The Guardian and she produces and hosts Hey Aunty! Podcast.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/maxine-beneba-clarke-magan-magan (or at the Omny episode webpage). 

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

May 22 2019

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Rank #16: Jennifer Mills

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Jennifer Mills is the Literary Editor of Overland, and is a writer herself. She is known for her short stories, fiction and poetry.

Jennifer’s published works include Dyschronia (2018), the short story collection The Rest is Weight (2012), Gone (2011) and The Diamond Anchor (2009). Her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Island Magazine, Heat, Griffith Review, The Lifted Brow, Best Australian Stories and New Australian Stories.

Jennfier has received multiple awards, including the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowships and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2012, she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists.

About The Garret

Astrid Edwards is the new host of The Garret. Astrid has been with The Garret from the start, and she is now stepping out from behind the scenes. You can follow Astrid on Twitter or Instagram.

Jul 04 2018

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Rank #17: Judith Brett

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Judith Brett is a biographer and historian, and an Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University. 

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (2018) won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards. And her latest, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting (2019), may yet do the same.

She has also written three Quarterly Essays - Fair Share: Country and City in Australia (2011), Exit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard (2007) and Relaxed and Comfortable: The Liberal Party's Australia (2005).

Her previous works include Robert Menzies' Forgotten People (2007), Ordinary Peoples' Politics (with Anthony Moran in 2006) and Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class (2003).

About The Garret

In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category.

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/judith-brett (or at the Omny episode webpage). 

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Apr 23 2019

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Rank #18: Guy Rundle

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Guy Rundle is a gonzo journalist and satirist.

Guy is writer-at-large for Crikey. He has written several books, including Practice: Journalism, Essays and Criticism (2019), Inland Empire: America at the end of the Obama era (2014) and Down to the Crossroads: On the trail of the 2008 election (2008).

He has also written two Quarterly Essays, Clivosaurus: The politics of Clive Palmer (2014) and The Opportunist: John Howard and the triumph of reaction (2001).

He has previously been the editor of Arena Magazine, producer of TV shows from Comedy Inc to future retro cult classic Vulture, the writer of several shows for the satirist Max Gillies.

About The Garret

In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

May 01 2019

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Rank #19: Karen Viggers

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Karen Viggers is the author of The Stranding (2008), The Lightkeeper’s Wife (2011), The Grass Castle (2014) and The Orchardist's Daughter (2019). Her work enjoys particular success in France, where she has sold more than 800,000 copies. The Lightkeeper's Wife (La Memoire de embruns) received the Les Petits Mots des Libraires Prix Litteraire.

Karen is also a wildlife veterinarian who has worked in the remotest areas on Earth, including the Kimberley and Antartica - experience that informs all of her writing.

About The Garret

In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Mar 20 2019

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Rank #20: Meera Atkinson

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Meera Atkinson is a Sydney-based writer. She published Traumata in 2018 and The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma in 2017. She received the Varuna Dr Dark Flagship Fellowship in 2017, an award given for non-fiction of outstanding quality in social, historical or political writing.

Meera teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales.

About The Garret

Astrid Edwards is the new host of The Garret. Astrid has been with The Garret from the start, and she is now stepping out from behind the scenes. You can follow Astrid on Twitter or Instagram.

Jun 30 2018

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Hilary McPhee

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Hilary McPhee is a legendary writer and editor. She founded McPhee Gribble Publishers with Diane Gribble in 1975, was Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts from 1994 to 1997, and was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University until 2004.

Hilary's books include Other People’s Words (2001), Wordlines (2010), Memoirs of a Young Bastard: the Diaries of Tim Burstall (2012) and Other People's Houses (2019).

About The Garret

Read transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/hilary-mcphee.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Jan 15 2020

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Bri Lee

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Bri Lee is a writer and editor with a career to watch.

Her first book, Eggshell Skull, was published in 2018. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in non-fiction, winning the 2019 People's Choice Award, and also won the 2018 People's Choice at the Nib Awards for research in writing, and the 2019 ABIA for Biography of the Year. Eggshell Skull was also shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize.

Her second work, Beauty, is a meditation on beauty and body image. It was published in 2019, and will be followed by Brains in 2020.

Bri was the Founding Editor of the quarterly print periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains, commissioning and publishing diverse non-fiction about women and their work from 2015 to 2018.

Bri's shorter pieces have been published in The Monthly, Harper's Bazaar Australia, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, The Guardian, Griffith Review, i-D, VAULT Art Magazine, and elsewhere. She regularly appears on The Drum on ABC TV, various ABC Radio National programs, and often gives talks on writing, law, feminism, fashion, pop culture, and art.

In 2016 Bri was the recipient of the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, and in 2017 was one of Griffith Review's Queensland writing fellows. She has received numerous other fellowships, residencies, and mentorships, most recently the 2018 Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.

About The Garret

Read transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/bri-lee  or the Omny episode page.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Jan 01 2020

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#1 non-fiction interview of 2019: Richard Fidler 'Back in Time'

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating non-fiction interviews of the year: #1 is Richard Fidler.

This episode, 'Back in Time', was recorded live at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on Sunday 27 October 2019. It features Richard Fidler in conversation with Astrid Edwards.

Richard Fidler is taking his gift for storytelling back in time. He has traipsed through Istanbul uncovering legendary Constantinople with his son, and journeyed to the sites of the beautiful and bloody Icelandic sagas with his friend Kári Gíslason. Now he takes the UWRF stage to talk about his love of history and travel, and the stories where the two meet.

Richard Fidler is a writer and radio host. He’s the author of the bestselling books Ghost Empire, a history of the legendary city of Constantinople, and Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, co-written with Kári Gíslason. Richard is also the presenter of Conversations on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Australia’s most popular podcast.

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You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Dec 30 2019

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#2 non-fiction interview of 2019: Kate Richards

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating non-fiction interviews of the year: #3 is Kate Richards.

Kate Richards is a memoirist, poet and most recently, a novelist. 

Her first work, 2013's Madness: A Memoir, received the Adelaide Festival's Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. Kate followed that stunning debut with 2014's Is There No Place For Me: Making Sense of Madness, which was shortlisted for the Human Rights Award. 

In 2019 Kate moved from non-fiction to the world of fiction with her first novel, Fusion.

Her work goes where few writers have ever gone. It is profound and honest, and represents not only a contribution to Australian literature, but a contribution to literature on mental health and identify.

This episode comes with a content warning, as Kate's memoir and our discussion of it touches on trauma and mental illness.

Related episodes:

  • Sam Twyford-Moore, mentioned in this interview, spoke to The Garret about writing mania and chronic ill health.
  • Fiona Wright, whose creative non-fiction works explore chronic ill health, also spoke about writing one's own story and how to represent illness on the page.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/kate-richards.

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Dec 29 2019

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#3 non-fiction interview 2019: Jane Caro

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating non-fiction interviews of the year: #3 is Jane Caro.

Jane Caro is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist and social commentator. She was awarded the Walkley for Women’s Leadership in 2018.

She has published numerous non-fiction works including The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education (2007), Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have To Change the World (2013) and Accidental Feminists (2019). 

Jane has also written a YA trilogy on the life of Elizabeth I - Just A Girl (2013), Just a Queen (2015) and Just Flesh and Blood (2018).

Related episodes: Both Louise Adler and Phillipa McGuinness are mentioned in this interview, and both have appeared on The Garret before.

About The Garret

You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/jane-caro (or at the Omny episode webpage). 

You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

Dec 28 2019

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#1 fiction interview of 2019: Christos Tsiolkas On 'Damascus'

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating fiction interviews of the year: #1 is Christos Tsiolkas.

Christos is one of Australia's most courageous writers. He has published six novels, several of which have been adapted for the screen. Damascus (2019) is his latest work.

Christos is best known for Loaded (1995), which became the movie Head On, and The Slap (2008) was turned into an Australian and U.S. television miniseries after it won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

Christos is also a playwright, essayist, screen writer and film critic. His other works include Dead Europe (2005), which won the Age Fiction Prize and the Melbourne Best Writing Award, and The Jesus Man (1999). His critical literary study On Patrick White came out in 2018. 

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Dec 27 2019

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#2 fiction interview of 2019: Claire Coleman, Krissy Kneen, Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Michelle Tanmizi o

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating fiction interviews of the year: #2 is Claire Coleman, Krissy Kneen, Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Michelle Tanmizi live at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

Speculative fiction has lurked in the shadows of the literary scene for years while realism hogged the limelight. Now, as the natural and political spheres crumble around us, speculative fiction’s dystopian worlds don’t seem so different from our own. In this timely conversation, our panelists ask whether we’re now at the point where all contemporary fiction is in fact speculative fiction.

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral Country is in South Coast Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius won a Black&Write! Fellowship and a Norma K Hemming Award, and has been shortlisted for The Stella Prize and an Aurealis Award. The Old Lie is her second novel.

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of the memoir Affection and five novels including Stella Prize shortlisted An Uncertain Grace. She is also the author of Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed documentaries for Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service television. 

Pitchaya Sudbanthad is the author of the novel Bangkok Wakes to Rain, published by Riverhead Books (US) and Sceptre (UK). He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and currently splits time between Bangkok, Thailand and Brooklyn, USA. 

Michelle Tanmizi is Chinese-Indonesian and international. She is an author, leadership coach and trainer, and a motivational speaker. Michelle’s first work was a poetry book, Truth. Late Dawn is her first speculative science fiction novel inspired by the conservation crisis we face today. 

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Dec 26 2019

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#3 fiction interview of 2019: Anna Krien

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To celebrate the end of 2019, we've re-released our highest rating fiction interviews of the year: #3 is Anna Krien.

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. In 2019 she moved from non-fiction to fiction with her first novel Act of Grace.

Anna’s writing has also been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue.

In 2014 she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship.

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Dec 25 2019

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Charlotte Wood

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Charlotte Wood is one of Australia's most provocative writers. In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australiafor significant services to literature, and was named one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence. 

Charlotte has published six novels and two books of non-fiction. She is best known for The Natural Way of Things, which received the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction and was the University of Canberra Book of the Year for 2019. In late 2019 she released The Weekend, which has already been longlisted in the 2019 Indie Book Awards.

Her non-fiction works include The Writer’s Room, a collection of interviews with authors about the creative process.  

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Dec 18 2019

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Clare Bowditch

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Clare Bowditch is a storyteller - a singer, songwriter and memoirist. In 2019 she released her memoir Your Own Kind of Girl.

She is also an ARIA Award-winning musician (Best Female Artist), Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Logie-nominated actor (for her role as 'Rosanna' on hit TV show Offspring), and a former ABC broadcaster.

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Dec 11 2019

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Maxine Beneba Clarke: On ‘The Hate Race’

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Maxine Beneba Clarke is a highly awarded Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. The Hate Race (2015), her memoir of growing up in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s, immediately entered the canon of contemporary Australian literature. The Hate Race received the NSW Premier's Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and The Stella Prize. This interview is a close study of Maxine’s memoir.

Maxine is prolific. Her other works include The Saturday Paper Portraits (2019) and the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2015), as well as three picture books - Fashionista (2019), Wide Big World (with Isobel Knowles in 2018) and The Patchwork Bike (with Van T. Rudd in 2016).

Her poetry can be found in The Saturday Paper most weeks, and she has published three poetry collections Carrying the WorldGil Scott Heron Is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing. Maxine’s short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have also been published in numerous publications including OverlandThe AgeMeanjin and The Big Issue.

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Dec 04 2019

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Christos Tsiolkas: On 'Damascus'

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Christos Tsiolkas is one of Australia's most courageous writers. He has published six novels, several of which have been adapted for the screen. Damascus (2019) is his latest work.

Christos is best known for Loaded (1995), which became the movie Head On, and The Slap (2008) was turned into an Australian and U.S. television miniseries after it won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

Christos is also a playwright, essayist, screen writer and film critic. His other works include Dead Europe (2005), which won the Age Fiction Prize and the Melbourne Best Writing Award, and The Jesus Man (1999). His critical literary study On Patrick White came out in 2018. 

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Nov 20 2019

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#UWRF19: Fiona Wright, Archana Pidathala, Megan Stack and Fanny Poyk

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This episode, 'Domestic Spaces', was recorded live at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on Saturday 26 October 2019. It features Fiona Wright, Megan K. Stack, Archana Pidathala and Fanny J. Poyk in conversation with Astrid Edwards.

The domestic, the interior and the personal have traditionally been relegated to the realm of women’s writing, which in recent years has been dismissed as too small to attract significant readership, critical acclaim and writing awards. Our panelists look beyond the censure and speak out in praise of the domestic.

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney, Australia. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole.

Megan K. Stack has traveled the world to chronicle war and political upheaval. A journalist and author, she was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for Iraq coverage and her first book, Every Man in This Village Is A Liar, was a finalist for the National Book Award in non-fiction. 

Archana Pidathala is the author of Five Morsels of Love, a cookbook based on her grandmother’s 1974 Telugu cookbook, Vanita Vanṭakālu. In 2017, Five Morsels of Love was shortlisted for the prestigious Art of Eating Prize, which recognizes excellence in food writing. 

Fanny J. Poyk was born in the city of Bima in East Nusa Tenggara and has been writing short stories, novels, biographies, and motivational books and articles since the 1980s. One of her short stories was included in 20 Cerita Pendek Terbaik Kompas, and her book Narkoba Sayonara won Penerbit Erlangga’s writing competition.

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Nov 13 2019

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#UWRF19: Richard Fidler

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This episode, 'Back in Time', was recorded live at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on Sunday 27 October 2019. It features Richard Fidler in conversation with Astrid Edwards.

Richard Fidler is taking his gift for storytelling back in time. He has traipsed through Istanbul uncovering legendary Constantinople with his son, and journeyed to the sites of the beautiful and bloody Icelandic sagas with his friend Kári Gíslason. Now he takes the UWRF stage to talk about his love of history and travel, and the stories where the two meet.

Richard Fidler is a writer and radio host. He’s the author of the bestselling books Ghost Empire, a history of the legendary city of Constantinople, and Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, co-written with Kári Gíslason. Richard is also the presenter of Conversations on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Australia’s most popular podcast.

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Nov 06 2019

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#UWRF19: Claire Coleman, Krissy Kneen, Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Michelle Tanmizi on speculative fiction

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This episode was recorded live at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on Friday 25 October 2019. It features Claire G. Coleman, Krissy Kneen, Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Michelle Tanmizi.

Speculative fiction has lurked in the shadows of the literary scene for years while realism hogged the limelight. Now, as the natural and political spheres crumble around us, speculative fiction’s dystopian worlds don’t seem so different from our own. In this timely conversation, our panelists ask whether we’re now at the point where all contemporary fiction is in fact speculative fiction.

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral Country is in South Coast Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius won a Black&Write! Fellowship and a Norma K Hemming Award, and has been shortlisted for The Stella Prize and an Aurealis Award. The Old Lie is her second novel.

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of the memoir Affection and five novels including Stella Prize shortlisted An Uncertain Grace. She is also the author of Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed documentaries for Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service television. 

Pitchaya Sudbanthad is the author of the novel Bangkok Wakes to Rain, published by Riverhead Books (US) and Sceptre (UK). He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and currently splits time between Bangkok, Thailand and Brooklyn, USA. 

Michelle Tanmizi is Chinese-Indonesian and international. She is an author, leadership coach and trainer, and a motivational speaker. Michelle’s first work was a poetry book, Truth. Late Dawn is her first speculative science fiction novel inspired by the conservation crisis we face today. 

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Oct 30 2019

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Jane Sullivan: On 'Storytime'

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Jane Sullivan is a literary journalist and novelist.  She writes the Saturday column ‘Turning Pages’ and book features for The Age. She won the inaugural Australian Human Rights Award for journalism.

Jane has also published two novels - The White Star (2000) and Little People (2011), as well as Storytime (2019), her reflection on rereading the books of her childhood as an adult.

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Oct 16 2019

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Anna Krien

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Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. In 2019 she moved from non-fiction to fiction with her first novel Act of Grace.

Anna’s writing has also been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue.

In 2014 she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship.

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Oct 09 2019

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Alice Bishop

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Alice Bishop is a short story writer. A Constant Hum - about the Black Saturday Fires - is her debut collection. The work was nominated for the 2019 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and the origins of the work were commended in the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, as well as the inaugural Richell Prize and the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Her essay 'Coppering' was shortlisted in the 2017 Horne Prize. Alice's other pieces have been published by MeanjinOverlandAustralian Book Review, Seizure, Voiceworks and Lip Magazine.

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You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com and Omny.

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Sep 26 2019

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Jess Hill: See What You Made Me Do

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Jess Hill is an investigative journalist, and she has been writing about domestic abuse since 2014. See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse (2019) is the culmination of that work and represents a new way of thinking about and acting on domestic abuse in Australia. It is also an example of exceptional research and the power of storytelling in non-fiction.

Jess's reporting has received two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards. She is also a former Middle East correspondent and producer for ABC Radio.

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Sep 18 2019

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Tara June Winch

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Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri writer based in France. Her first novel, Swallow the Air, was critically acclaimed and saw Tara named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her second book, the collection After the Carnage, was longlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for fiction, shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Christina Stead prize for Fiction and the Queensland Literary Award for a collection. Her third novel, The Yield, was released in 2019 and is simply stunning.

Tara's Indigenous dance documentary, Carriberrie, screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Tara was previously mentored by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

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Sep 11 2019

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