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The First Time Podcast

A podcast about the first time you… publish a book. One part reality show, one part writers’ masterclass.

Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews, and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover.


Katherine and Kate met in the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT. Katherine asked Kate to join her writers group. Kate said yes.

Katherine’s first novel ‘The Helpline’ was published by Text Publishing in 2018. She was awarded a retreat fellowship at Varuna, the Writers House and was part of the ACT Writers Centre’s 2016 Hardcopy program. Katherine works as an engineer and lives in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with her partner and their two kids. Find out more about her at www.katherinecollette.com.

Kate’s is a writer and teacher whose debut novel, ‘Skylarking’ (Black Inc., 2016) was named one of Readings’ Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016, and was longlisted for Debut Fiction in The 2017 Indie Book Awards and the 2017 Voss Literary Award. Kate lives in Hurstbridge, Victoria, with her young family and is currently working on her second novel. Find out more about her at www.katemildenhall.com.


The First Time podcast is created with the support of Writers Victoria, ACT Writers Centre and RMIT School of Media and Communication. It is funded solely via Patreon (if you’d like to support the podcast, you can do so here).



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