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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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Great show, really helped me in my nonfiction writing. I love approaching my writing as a craft, and studying my craft to get better.

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Great show, really helped me in my nonfiction writing. I love approaching my writing as a craft, and studying my craft to get better.
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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: 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 #2: Susan Orlean

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Susan Orlean is one of our first international guests on The Garret.

Susan lives in Los Angeles, and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including The Orchid Thief (1998), which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation (with no less than Meryl Streep playing Susan in the movie).

Susan's most recent work, The Library Book (2019), is about the 1986 fire in the Los Angeles Public Library. It is also an exploration of libraries and the role they play in our communities. If you love books and words, this is an interview for you.

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 15 2019

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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.

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: 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.

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 #5: 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.

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 #6: 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

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 #7: 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.

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 #8: 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.

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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Rank #9: Mandy Beaumont

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Mandy Beaumont's writing is powerful, brutal, magnificent and complex. Her debut short story collection Wild, Fearless Chests was shortlisted for the 2018 Hachette Richell Prize and the 2019 UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award.

Her work has been published in Griffith Review, Cordite, Black Inc. Best Poems and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal, and she has produced large-scale interactive text work for Brisbane Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, The State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Writers Festival. 

Mandy is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT's School of Media and Communication.

About The Garret 

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

Mar 11 2020

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Rank #10: 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.

About The Garret

The transcript of this interview will be published soon at thegarretpodcast.com.

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

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #11: #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.

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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Rank #12: #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.

About The Garret

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

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #13: #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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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 #14: #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.

About The Garret

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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Rank #15: 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.

About The Garret

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

Oct 16 2019

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Rank #16: #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. 

About The Garret

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

Dec 26 2019

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Rank #17: 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.

About The Garret

The transcript of this interview will be published soon at thegarretpodcast.com.

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

Sep 18 2019

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Rank #18: 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.

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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Rank #19: Leigh Sales

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Leigh Sales is one of Australia’s most respected journalists. She has anchored the ABC’s current affairs program 7.30 since 2011 and previously hosted Lateline.

She has received two Walkley Awards, Australia's highest journalism honour. The first was for Best Radio Current Affairs reporting on Guantanamo Bay in 2005, and the second was for Broadcasting and Online Interviewing (for interviews with Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison and Christine Milne) in 2012.

Leigh has also published three books, Any Ordinary Day (2018), On Doubt (2009), and Detainee 002 (2007). Detainee 002 received the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism in 2007.

Read the complete transcript of our interview with Leigh at thegarretpodcast.com.

About The Garret

Follow The Garret on Twitter or Facebook, and follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram. The Garret is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and partners with the State Library of Victoria. 

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #20: Scott Pape

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Scott Pape broke every non-fiction publishing record in Australia with his first book, The Barefoot Investor. First published in 2016, it has sold more than 1.3 million copies and been updated three times. With an initial print run of 300,000 copies, Scott’s second book, The Barefoot Investor for Families, is likely to have the same impact in 2018.

In addition to writing two books, Scott has been writing to his audience via email for more than a decade. He also writes a weekly syndicated column for News Ltd and appears on radio on Triple M and television on Channel 7. In 2018, Scott consults to the Australian Government about financial eduction in schools.

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 20 2018

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At home with Bruce Pascoe

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Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunarong and Tasmanian writer, has turned his craft to picture books. Found, illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, is the story of a lost calf finding his family. It is also an allegory for the Stolen Generations.

In this interview, Bruce introduces the stunning illustrator Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, explores the real life impetus behind Found, reflects on Dark Emu and looks forward to his forthcoming novel, Imperial Harvest.

Note, this interview was recorded via Zoom and in parts you can hear Bruce's dog in the room with him.

You can read Astrid's previous interview with Bruce Pascoe about Imperial Harvest here.

About The Garret

Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

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

Jul 31 2020

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Claire G. Coleman: On 'Terra Nullius: A Novel'

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Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral Country is in South Coast Western Australia. This interview is an exploration of her debut novel and speculative fiction masterpiece, Terra Nullius: A Novel.

Claire wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning manuscript Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan. The novel went on to win the Norma K Hemming Award, and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize and Best Sci-Fi Novel in the Aurealis Awards. The work was also Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

Claire and Astrid have previously spoken about speculative fiction, and you can listen to their panel (including Krissy Kneen, Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Michelle Tanmizi)) recorded at the Ubud Writers and Readers festival in 2019 here.

About The Garret

Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

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

Jul 30 2020

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A.J. Betts: On 'Zac and Mia'

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A. J. Betts' novel Zac and Mia won the 2012 Text Prize and the 2014 Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adults at the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Not only is the novel published in 14 countries, it was adapted for American television and will soon be available globally.

Her other novels include Hive, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and 2019 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, and its sequel Rogue. And believe it or not, she has a PhD on the topic of wonder in life and in reading.

About The Garret

Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

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

Jul 23 2020

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Rerelease: Tara June Winch on 'The Yield'

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Tara June Winch was awarded the Miles Franklin Literary award today for The Yield. In honour of that historic win, we are revisiting our interview with Tara on her masterpiece.

Tara 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.

About The Garret

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

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

Jul 16 2020

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Jane Harrison: On 'Becoming Kirrali Lewis'

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Jane Harrison, a descendant of the Muruwari people of NSW, is a playwright, novelist, and the Festival Director of Blak & Bright, the First Nations Literary Festival based in Melbourne.

Her novel Becoming Kirrali Lewis won the 2014 Black&Write! Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minster’s Literary Awards and the Victorian Premier’s Awards.

In terms of her works for the stage, Stolen, her first play, was the co-winner of the Kate Challis RAKA Award and has been performed throughout Australia as well as the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan. She has also written The Visitors, Rainbow’s End, On A Park Bench and Blakvelvet.

About The Garret

Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

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

Jul 15 2020

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad: On 'After Australia'

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad is both a writer and editor. He received the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist Award for his debut novel The Tribe, and the sequel, The Lebs, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

In 2020 he is the editor behind After Australia, a collection of short stories about Australia's potential futures, and it is this work that the interview focuses on. The anthology includes works from Ambelin Kwaymullina, Claire G. Coleman, Omar Sakr, Future D. Fidel, Karen Wyld, Khalid Warsame, Kaya Ortiz, Roanna Gonsalves, Sarah Ross, Zoya Patel, Michelle Law and Hannah Donnelly.

Mohammed is also the founder and director of Sweatshop Literary Movement in Western Sydney. 

About The Garret

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Jul 08 2020

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At home with Kate Grenville

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Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantDark Places and the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection.

In 2020 she returns to the first years of European colonisation in Australia with A Room Made of Leaves, an alternative memoir of Elizabeth Macarthur.

Kate has also written non-fiction, including One Life: My Mother’s Story and The Case Against Fragrance, as well as three books about the writing process.

In 2017 Grenville was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. 

About The Garret

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Jul 01 2020

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At home with Ellena Savage

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Ellena Savage is an author and academic. Her work is published in literary journals and anthologies around the world, including Paris Review DailySydney Review of BooksChoice Words and Lifted Brow. Blueberries is her first collection.

Ellena is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including the 2019–21 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship.

About The Garret

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Jun 17 2020

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Larissa Behrendt: On 'Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling'

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Larissa Behrendt, a Eualeyai and Kamillaroi woman, is a writer, lawyer and academic. This interview is an in-depth discussion of her work Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling.

Larissa is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. 

Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary AwardShe has also published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues.

Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.

Larissa is on the board of Sydney Festival and a board member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.

About The Garret

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Jun 12 2020

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At home with Ellen van Neerven

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Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning poet and writer of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage. They write fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction.

Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and highly commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Throat is Ellen’s third word and her second poetry collection.

Ellen mentions working on Ali Cobby Eckermann's Ruby Moonlight, and you can listen to Ali discuss Ruby Moonlight here. And apologies for the sound quality, we recorded this interview remotely on 25 May 2020.

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Jun 03 2020

42mins

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At home with Ronnie Scott

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Ronnie Scott is a novelist, editor, critic and comic specialist. He published the Penguin Special Salad Days in 2014 and released The Adversary, his first novel, in 2020. In this interview, Ronnie unpicks the idea of writing craft using the example of how he wrote The Adversary.

Ronnie lectures at RMIT University and has edited several anthologies. His short works are published in everything from major news outlets to independent journals.

And apologies for the sound quality, we recorded this interview remotely in May 2020.

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May 27 2020

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At home with Trent Jamieson

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Trent Jamieson discusses writing children's literature and creating fantasy worlds, as well as how we communicate about climate change to the next generation.

Trent is a multi-award winning novelist and short story writer. He is the author of the picture book The Giant and the Sea, the fantasy work Day Boy, and the Death Works series. He has twice won Aurealis Awards for his short stories. 

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May 20 2020

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At home with Jess Hill

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Jess Hill is an investigative journalist. Her exceptional 2019 work See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse received the 2020 Stella Prize, and is now being published around the world. 

Jess has done what few writers can - she has taken difficult subject matter and not only made it compelling, she has contributed to a societal shift. In this interview, Jess discusses how writers can 'find the way' to the story, and also reflects on what topics she may tackle next.

You can listen to Jess' previous interview on The Garret here, as well as watch the livestream discussion between Jess and Astrid for the State Library of Victoria here.

About The Garret

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May 14 2020

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At home with James Bradley

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James Bradley's work explores the environment and climate, as well as time - our past, our present, and our possible futures.

He is the author of five novels - Ghost Species, WrackThe Deep FieldThe Resurrectionist and Clade. His works are highly awarded, and he has been shortlisted for both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Christina Steed Prize for Fiction.

About The Garret 

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May 06 2020

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At home with Dervla McTiernan

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Dervla McTiernan's novel, The Rúin (2018), was a critically acclaimed international bestseller. In Australia, The Rúin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction. In America, it won the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback, and was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list.

Dervla continued the crime trilogy with The Scholar (2019) and The Good Turn (2020, both of which are also best sellers around the world. The screen rights have been snapped up by Hopscotch Features.

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Apr 29 2020

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Introducing 'Anonymous Was A Woman'

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Our host Astrid Edwards is launching a new podcast, Anonymous Was A Woman.

In the first episode, widely acclaimed author Chloe Hooper joins Astrid and co-host Jamila Rizvi to discuss anxiety and books in times of crisis. 

Join the discussion using hashtag #AnonymousWasAWomanPod.

The full episode will be released on Monday 27 April 2020. Subscribe today!

Apr 24 2020

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Leah Kaminsky

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Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her work explores illness, medicine, science and the end of life.

Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the Voss Literary Prize and was shortlisted for the Helen Asher Award. Her second novel, The Hollow Bones won the 2019 International Book Awards in both Literary Fiction and Historical Fiction categories and the 2019 Best Book Awards for Literary Fiction.

We’re all Going to Die has been described as ‘a joyful book about death’. She also conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, and is co-author of Cracking the Code.

She has written for the BBC, Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, SBS and LitHub, amongst others. 

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Apr 22 2020

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Ali Cobby Eckermann: On 'Ruby Moonlight'

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Ali Cobby Eckermann is one of Australia's finest poets. In this interview, she talks at length about Ruby Moonlight, her massacre verse novel exploring colonisation in Australia.

Ruby Moonlight received the black&write! kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship and the Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature in 2012, as well as the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards in 2013.

In 2020 Ali is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. To listen to Ali speak about her other works, listen to this interview on The Garret, recorded in late 2019.

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Apr 15 2020

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Mirandi Riwoe

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Mirandi Riwoe is the author of 2020's Stone Sky Gold Mountain, as well as the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award’s UQ Fiction Prize.

Mirandi also publishes under the name M.J. Tjia, and she is the woman behind the Heloise Chancey historical crime series She Be Damned, A Necessary Murder and The Death of Me.

Her work features in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories

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Apr 08 2020

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At home with Anna Spargo-Ryan

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This interview with Anna Spargo-Ryan is the first instalment of The Garret At Home - the same podcast as always, now recorded with everyone... at home.

Anna is the Non-Fiction Editor of Island Magazine. She received the 2016 Horne Prize for her essay ‘The Suicide Gene’, and is currently writing a memoir. She has also written for The Guardian, ELLE, Meanjin and Good Weekend.

Anna also publishes fiction, and she is the author of The Gulf and The Paper House. Her short fiction has been published inThe Big Issue, Island, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow.

She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Deakin University, where she also teaches nonfiction writing.

About The Garret 

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Apr 05 2020

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Thanks, Astrid!

By AnthonyCMoore - Apr 28 2020
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Great show, really helped me in my nonfiction writing. I love approaching my writing as a craft, and studying my craft to get better.