The Garret Podcast

The Garret: Writers on Writing
3 November 2016
The Garret

The Garret is not a podcast about individual books, nor is it designed to promote a writer's latest publication. It is a series exploring how the best of the best start, draft, complete and market their writing. Nic Brasch (Chair of Writers Victoria) hosts, and Astrid Edwards (Vice-Chair of Writers Victoria) produces the podcast.


  • Jessica Townsend

    • Jessica Townsend's first book, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (2017) was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. The sequel, Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow was published in 2018. Nevermoor won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; and was named a CBCA notable book. Nevermoor has been compared to Harry Potter, and is the first of a planned nine-book series for middle-grade readers. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Fiona Wright

    • Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her first poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger won the 2016 Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Award. Her second poetry collection, Domestic Interiors, was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Sam Twyford-Moore

    • Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer and critic. His writing - often about the connection between mental health and creative work - has appeared throughout Australia, including in MeanjinThe MonthlyThe Lifted Brow and The Guardian. In 2018, he published The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania, an exploration of his own experience with Bipolar Disorder. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Scott Pape

    • 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. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Izzy Roberts-Orr

    • 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. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Rachael Brown

    • Rachael Brown is also the creator, investigator, and host of the Australian Broadcasting Company's first true-crime podcast, Trace. Trace won the 2017 Walkley Award for Innovation, as well as two 2017 Quill Awards  for Innovation and for Best Podcast. In 2018, Trace became the first podcast-turned-book in Australian publishing history (published by Scribe). LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Robert Lukins

    • Robert Lukins has an extraordinary dedication to literary craft. His debut novel, 'The Everlasting Sunday', has built a momentum few first novels achieve, and is frequently recommended by the likes of no less than David Malouf. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Louise Adler

    • Louise Adler is the CEO and Publisher-in-Chief of Melbourne University Press. She has had a long career in the publishing industry, and  became a Member of the Order of Australia for Services to Literature in 2008.  In this interview, Louise discusses Australian book sales and what they mean for both publishers and writers, as well as how she seeks to capture the zeitgeist with that she publishes. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Phillipa McGuinness

    • Phillipa McGuinness has been Publishing Director at New South Publishing for 15 years, and the publisher was named Best Small Publisher on her watch in 2016 and 2017. Prior to this she was Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press. In this interview, Phillipa explains what she looks for in a new writer, and how she has changed her approach to publishing  based on her own experience of writing a book. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • David Malouf

    • David Malouf 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. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Jennifer Mills

    • Jennifer Mills is the Literary Editor of 'Overland', and is a writer herself. Her works include 'Dyschronia' and the short story collection 'The Rest is Weight'. She was named one of 'The Sydney Morning Herald'’s Best Young Australian Novelists. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Sofija Stefanovic

    • Sofija was born in Serbia, raised in Australia and now lives in New York. She is a writer and a storyteller, known for her ability to explore the most personal – and true – stories. Sofija has published two books, and she hosts the live events Women of Letters NYC and This Alien Nation. She is a contributor to 'The Moth', 'The New York Times' and 'The Guardian'. In this interview, Sofija reflects on the importance of understanding your strengths as a writer in order to be the best storyteller you can be. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Jamila Rizvi

    • ​Jamila Rizvi is a writer, editor and commentator. She was Editor in Chief of Mamamia and is about to take on the role of Editor at Large of Future Women, and she has published two best-selling books, ‘Not Just Lucky’ and ‘The Motherhood’. In this interview, Jamila discusses the strategic decisions that have helped her build her audience and publishing career. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Charlotte Wood

    • ​Charlotte Wood is a renowned Australian author. She won both The Stella Prize and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2016 for 'The Natural Way of Things'. Her 2012 novel 'Animal People' was awarded the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and in 2005 The Submerged Cathedral was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.  Charlotte is also the author of 'The Writers Room', a collection of interviews with leading Australian writers about the craft of writing. In this interview, Charlotte reflects on her own writing craft. LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • AS Patric and Ryan O'Neill

    • ​Alec Patric and Ryan O’Neill have an extraordinary writing partnership, and have been sharing their writing since 2010. Alec was awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award for Black Rock White City in 2016. Ryan was then shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award for 'Their Brilliant Careers', a work which went on to receive the Prime Minister Literary Award in 2017. In this interview, Alec and Ryan discuss the importance of writing partnerships and the role of feedback (and they explain exactly what good feedback looks like). LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • LIVE at the Library: Christos Tsiolkas

    • The Garret LIVE at the Library is a series of live podcast events with leading Australian writers, held at the State Library of Victoria. Christos Tsiolkas returned to The Garret as the first guest of this new series on World Book Day in April 2018. He speaks about the politics of writing and gives the first public reading of his latest work in progress, ‘Damascus’. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Alexis Wright

    • ​Alexis Wright is the only author to have won both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize, two of the most prestigious literary prizes in Australia. In this interview, Alexis reflects on her award-winning works, 'Carpentaria' (2006) and 'Tracker' (2017). LISTEN to the podcast online​

  • Kate Torney

    • Kate Torney is the CEO of the State Library of Victoria. The Library is Australia’s oldest public library, with more 1.8 million visitors each year. In this interview, she discusses the role of libraries in the 21st century and how libraries (and librarians) can help writers to write. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Peter Rose

    • Peter Rose is Editor of the 'Australian Book Review'. He has been a publisher, a judge of several literary awards, and a board member of a number of writing-related organisations. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Omar Musa

    • ​Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian novelist, poet, rapper and screenwriter. His debut novel 'Here Come the Dogs' was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the International Dublin Literary Award in 2014, and he wrote the screenplay for Episode 4 of the television miniseries 'Romper Stomper' in 2017. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Graeme Base

    • Graeme Base is a legendary British-Australian writer and illustrator. Generations of children have grown up enthralled by his creations, including Animalia (awarded the Children Book Council’s Picture Book of the Year Honour Book in 1987) and The Eleventh Hour (awarded the same prize in 1989). LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Terry-ann White

    • Terri-ann White is Director of UWA Publishing, the publisher responsible for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award winning novel Extinctions by Josephine Wilson. Terri-ann is also a writer herself. She has published the short story collection Day and Night, and the novel Finding Theodore and Brina. She lectured in the University of Western Australia Department of English from 1996 until she was seconded in 1999 to establish the Institute of Advanced Studies at University of Western Australia. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Ursula Dubosarsky

    • Ursula Dubosarsky is one of Australia's foremost writers for children and young adults. Her list of awards is almost as long as her list of published works, and she has received the Premier’s Literary Award for New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. Her most acclaimed work, 'The Red Shoe', was included in the International title '1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up'. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Erik Jensen

    • Erik Jensen is the founding editor of 'The Saturday Paper'. He is a Walkley Award winning journalist and biographer, and has also written for film, television and the stage. His most recent work, 'Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings', is a part of the Writers on Writing series (by Black Inc, the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne University Press) and is a literary profile of Australian poet and writer Kate Jennings. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Michael Webster

    • Michael Webster has a long and distinguished career in the publishing industry. He is the Chair of the Small Press Network and board member of Melbourne Writers Festival, and is the recipient of the George Robertson Award for Services to the Book Industry. He introduced Book Track (now Nielsen Book Scan) into the Australasian Marketplace. It revolutionised the electronic data collection and analysis of book sales. If you want to know what's selling or what isn't, he is the person to ask. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Warren Mundine

    • Warren Mundine is one of Australia’s most recognised (and outspoken) Aboriginal activists. In this interview, he talks about words and politics, the importance of storytelling to Indigenous peoples, the lack of Indigenous voices in mainstream Australian culture, and how he felt about laying his life bare in his memoir. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Alex Miller

    • Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a recipient of the Centenary Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Benjamin Law

    • Benjamin Law is an extraordinary writer, who does not hold back in this interview. His writing tackles subjects as diverse as growing up Asian-Australian in Queensland, exploring LGBTQI stories throughout Asia, and taking on the critics of the Safe Schools program in his latest work, the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101. To cap it all off, he even co-wrote a book with his mother about sex. Listen to what Benjamin has to say on his writing craft today. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Alison Lester

    • Alison Lester is a writer, illustrator, former Australian Children's Laureate and the creator of some of the most loved (and awarded) Australian books for children. In this interview, she reflects on her career and offers advice for up and coming illustrators and children’s book authors. LISTEN to the podcast online


Season 4

  • Special episode - Morry Schwartz

    • Morry Schwartz is one of the most innovative publishers in Australia. He founded Black Inc, the first of the independent publishers in Australia, and he has worked with the best writers and editors in Australia for decades. His stable of imprints includes 'The Saturday Paper', 'The Monthly', 'Quarterly Essay' and 'Australian Foreign Affairs'. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Episode 8 - Euan Mitchell

    • Euan Mitchell is Australia's foremost expert on self-publishing, or indie publishing, as it is increasingly becoming known. He's helped thousands of people down the often perilous track of indie publishing. A writer, a publisher, a lecturer, his interest in this field began with the publication of his own novel, 'Feral Tracks' in 1998. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 7 - Tom Kenneally

    • Tom Keneally is a legend of the Australian literary scene. He is a novelist, playwright and essayist, and a force to be reckoned with. He won the Booker Prize for 'Schindler's Ark' (which was made into 'Schindler's List' by Steven Spielberg), and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize on three other occasions for 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith', 'Gossip from the Forest', and 'Confederates'. He has also been awarded Australia's most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award twice, for 'Bring Larks and Heroes' and 'Three Cheers For The Paraclete'. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 6 - Garth Nix

    • Garth Nix was a literary agent, marketing consultant, editor, publicist, and bookseller, before becoming a full time writer in 2001. His books have been translated into 40 languages and have sold more than five million copies worldwide. In this interview with The Garret, he reflects on his writing process, how he made a career out of words. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 5 - Hannah Kent

    • Hannah Kent burst onto the literary scene in 2013 with her first novel, 'Burial Rites'. It became an international bestseller and won many awards. Her second novel, 'The Good People', was published in 2016 with similar success. Hannah is also the co-founder of the Australian literary publication 'Kill Your Darlings'. She is destined to be one of Australia's major literary figures. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 4 - Morris Gleitzman

    • Morris Gleitzman spoke to the Garret about his writing career, the powerful roll humour can play, and how he engages the ever more sophisticated teenage audience. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 3 - Alice Pung

    • Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer. She has won numerous awards for her memoirs 'Unpolished Gem' and 'Her Father’s Daughter', as well as her first novel, 'Laurinda'. Alice also writes for children (in the Marly Series), and edited 'Growing Up Asian in Australia'. She is the current Artist in Residence at the Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Episode 2 - Don Watson

    • Don Watson began his literary career an academic historian, but soon moved on to political satire and speechwriting. He wrote political satire for the comedian Max Gillies and became speechwriter for Prime Minister Paul Keating. He has also written feature films, including 'The Man Who Sued God'Since 2003 Don has documented the decline of public language on, and in 2010 he was awarded the Phillip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Australian Literature. Don remains a regular contributor to Australian public debate. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Episode 1 - Isobelle Carmody

    • Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's foremost authors of YA fiction and children's literature. In 2017, she is the Writer-in-Residence at the ACT Writers Centre. She began writing while still at high school, and her first book, 'Obernewtyn', was short-listed for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in 1988. In this interview, she reflects on the importance of writing and the ability of YA, fantasy and children's literature to go beyond the mundane and explore philosophical questions. LISTEN to the podcast online

Season 3

  • Special episode - Mark Rubbo

    • Mark Rubbo is Managing Director of Readings, a cornerstone of the Australian literary landscape. In 2016 Readings won the Bookstore of the Year Award at the 2016 London Book Fair, and in 2017 opened its seventh books and mortar store in Melbourne. In this interview he reflects on more than four decades of bookselling in Australia, and explains how he approaches promoting Australian writers and selling their books. LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Episode 7 - Christos Tsiolkas

    • Christos Tsiolkas is one of Australia's courageous writers. He has published five novels, most of which have been adapted for the screen. 'Loaded' (1995) became the movie 'Head On' in 1999. 'The Slap' (2008) was also turned into an Australian and US. 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. He is also a playwright, essayist, screen writer and film critic. His other published works include his first short story collection 'Merciless Gods' (2014), his reflective essay 'Tolerance, Prejudice and Fear' (1997) for PEN Sydney. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 6 - Nikki Gemmell

    • Nikki is best-known for 'The Bride Stripped Bare' (2003), an explicit exploration of female sexuality. She is the author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction, and her body of work has left its mark on the Australian cultural landscape. 'Shiver', 'The Book of Rapture' and 'The Bride Stripped Bare' made the longlist of 'Favourite Australian Novels' as chosen by readers of the 'Australian Book Review'. LISTEN to the podcast online.

  • Episode 5 - Sofie Laguna

    • Sofie Laguna is a lawyer by training and a writer by choice. She completed RMIT's Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and now writes for children and adults alike. Her children's books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and have also been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Awards. Her literary fiction includes 'The Eye of the Sheep' (awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2015) and 'One Foot Wrong' (longlisted for the same in 2009). LISTEN to the podcast online.
  • Episode 4 - Randa Abdel-Fattah

    • Randa Abdel-Fattah writes contemporary YA fiction. She is also a lawyer, human rights advocate and community volunteer with human rights, migrant and refugee resource organisations. As a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage, the fictional YA worlds she creates are incredibly diverse. Randa's novels include 'Does My Head Look Big In This?' and 'When Michael Met Mina'. LISTEN to the podcast online.
  • Special – 2017 Miles Franklin shortlist

    • The shortlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin was announced on 18 June, and this episode, featuring all five shortlisted authors, was released just two days later. Listen to Emily Maguire ('An Isolated Incident'), Mark O'Flynn ('The Last Days of Ava Langdon'), Ryan O'Neill ('Their Brilliant Careers'), Philip Salom ('Waiting') and Josephine Wilson ('Extinctions') discuss their latest works. LISTEN to the podcast online.
  • Episode 3 - Adrian McKinty

    • Born in Belfast, Adrian McKinty is an Irish crime novelist who has made Melbourne Australia his home since 2008. His 2016 novel 'Rain Dogs' won the 2017 Edgar Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Ned Kelly Award and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Adrian has written several award-winning crime series, his work has appeared in the 'The Washington Post', 'The Times', 'The Guardian', 'The Independent' and 'Harpers Magazine'. In this interview, Adrian reflects on what a difference writing authentically makes, and what makes a good crime novel work. LISTEN to the podcast online.
  • Episode 2 - Mia Freedman

    • Mia Freedman is a writer, editor, columnist, broadcaster and podcaster. She is the founder of Mamamia, began as a personal blog in Mia’s lounge room in 2007 and now reaches more than 4 million women per month with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New York. Mia has also published several books, including her latest 'Work, Strife, Balance' and 'Never Forgotten: Stories of love, loss and healing after miscarriage, stillbirth and neo-natal death'. In this interview, she talks about how she approaches writing, why writing her books was therapeutic, and the work ethic behind her publishing success. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 1 - Ian McGuire

    • Ian McGuire is the first international writer interviewed on The Garret. His second novel, 'The North Water', was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and listed on 'The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2016. Ian is the co-founder of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing, and as a prize-winning author and creative writing teacher he has plenty of insight into how to approach your writing career. LISTEN to the podcast online

Season 2

  • Episode 7 - Leigh Hobbs

    • Leigh Hobbs is a writer, illustrator and artist, and the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate. He has been shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award (for 'Mr Chicken Goes to Paris', 'Horrible Harriet' and 'Old Tom's Holiday'), and his books have won every major children’s choice award in Australia. Leigh's books have been adapted beyond the page, with the 'Old Tom' books becoming an animated ABC cartoon TV series and 'Mr Chicken Goes To Paris' becoming a play adapted by NIDA. Leigh also taught art at secondary school for more than two decades and was a freelance contributing cartoonist for 'The Age' newspaper for 15 years. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 6 - Anita Heiss

    • Anita Heiss writes non-fiction, commercial women's fiction, children's literature and poetry. She is a fierce advocate and is known for her social commentary. A proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW, Anita is also a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

      Anita's literary career kicked off with 'Sacred Cows' (1995). Since then, her non-fiction works include writing 'Am I Black Enough for You?' (2012) and editing the 'Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature' (2008). She has published six novels, including 'Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms' (2016) and 'Tiddas' (2014). Anita also published a poetry collection, 'I'm Not Racist, But... ' (2007), as well as the children's books 'Yirra and her Deadly Dog', 'Demon' (2007) and 'Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney, 1937' (2001). Anita's also published two football-inspired works, 'Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic' (2016) and 'Matty's Comeback' (2016). LISTEN to the podcast online

  • Episode 5 - Jeff Sparrow

    • Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He is part of the Breakfasters on 3RRR and is also an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University. He has written four books: 'No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson' (2017), 'Killing: Misadventures in Violence' (2013), 'Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn' (2012) and 'Communism: A Love Story' (2007). He is also the former editor of 'Overland', and co-authored 'Radical Melbourne: A Secret History' (2001) and 'Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within' (2004) (both with Jill Sparrow) and 'Left Turn: Essays for the New Left' (2012) (with Antony Loewenstein). LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 4 - Alicia Sometimes

    • Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet and broadcaster. Her poems have featured in 'Best Australian Poems', 'Overland', 'Southerly', 'Westerly' and 'The Age'. She performs her spoken word poetry, and has published two poetry collections, 'Kissing the Curve' and 'Soundtrack'. Alicia has also co-edited an anthology of footy stories 'From The Outer' (2016) and 'A Footy Girl's Guide to the Stars of 2017' (2017). She is also a regular on Radio National and co-hosts The Outer Sanctum PodcastLISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 3 - Tony Birch

    • Dr Tony Birch is an Australian novelist, short story writer, poet and academic. Tony's most recent novel, 'Ghost River' (2015), won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and was longlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Award. His other works include 'Shadowboxing' (2006), 'Father's Day' (2009), 'Blood' (which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin literary award in 2011) and 'The Promise' (2014). Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio. He taught creative writing at Melbourne University for many years, and is the inaugural Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow within the Moondani Balluk Centre at Victoria University. A sixth book, 'Common People', will be released in 2017. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 2 - Carmel Bird

    • This week,The Garret interviews Carmel Bird, whose first collection of short stories appeared in 1976, and since then she has published novels, essays, anthologies and children's books. In 2016 she won the Patrick White Award (a lifetime achievement award) for 'Family Skeleton'. Three of her previous works were shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award ('The Bluebird Cafe' in 1991, 'The White Garden' in 1996 and 'Red Shoes' in 1998). Carmel has taught fiction at a host of Victorian Universities, and also published three manuals on how to write – 'Dear Writer' (1988), 'Writing the Story of Your Life' (2007) and 'Dear Writer Revisited' (2013). LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 1 - Andy and Jill Griffiths

    • In the first episode of 2017, The Garret interviews Andy Griffiths and Jill Griffiths. Andy Griffiths and Jill Griffiths are a unique writing partnership. Along with illustrator Terry Denton, they are the team behind some of the most successful children's literature in Australia. They are best known for the 'Treehouse' and 'Just!' series, but their entire body of work is truly impressive. LISTEN to the podcast online

Season 1

  • Episode 7 - AS Patric

    • This bonus episode of The Garret features writer and bookseller AS Patric. In 2016, his novel 'Black Rock White City' won the Miles Franklin Prize, was Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and listed by 'The Australian Book Review' as one of the best novels of the year. He has taught Contemporary Fictions and Creative Nonfiction at the University of Melbourne and conducts novel and short story writing workshops nationally. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 6 - Graeme Simsion

    • The sixth episode of The Garret features Graeme Simsion, a Melbourne-based business consultant and writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and three novels: 'The Rosie Project', 'The Rosie Effect' and 'The Best of Adam Sharp'. 'The Rosie Project' began life as a screenplay before being adapted into a novel and going on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and becoming an international bestseller. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights. Graeme was a business consultant and data modelling expert before he decided a career in writing would suit him better. He has fascinating – and very specific – insights into what makes a writer, and why writing should be regarded as a profession. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 5 - Toni Jordan

    • The  fifth episode of The Garret features Toni Jordan, one of Australia’s best-loved authors. A former self-confessed science nerd, she left an established career in the sciences (as a protein chemist, to be precise) after being tempted by RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing courses. A decade later, she is the author of four books and has taught writing at RMIT herself. Toni Jordan is the author of four novels: 'Our Tiny, Useless Hearts', published in 2016; 'Nine Days' (2012), which was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013; 'Fall Girl' (2010), which has been optioned for film; and 'Addition' (2008), which was long-listed for the Miles Franklin award. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 4 - John Marsden

    • The fourth episode of The Garret features John Marsden, who has been writing YA literature for three decades and has made an indelible mark on generations of readers and writers in Australia. John's first book, 'So Much to Tell You', was published in 1987. Since then, he has written or edited over 40 books and has sold over 5 million books throughout the world. He is best known for the Tomorrow Series, which began with 'Tomorrow, When the War Began', in 1993. 'Tomorrow, When the War Began' was adapted into a film in 2010 and a TV series in 2016. In 2006, John founded an alternative primary school, Candlebark School. He is also the patron of youth media organisation Express Media. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 3 - Andrew Rule

    • The third episode of The Garret features Andrew Rule, Deputy Editor of The Herald Sun and co-author of the Underbelly crime fiction series. Andrew has a long history in journalism and crime writing in Australia. He has worked on three metropolitan newspapers, and also in radio and television production. He is perhaps best-known for co-authoring the Underbelly true crime series and the Chopper series. He also hosts a regular spot on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast called In The Rule World. He is currently Deputy Editor of The Herald Sun. As a senior writer for The Age and The Sunday Age, Andrew won a Gold Walkley, the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award (twice) and the Melbourne Press Club's Gold Quill Award (also twice). LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 2 - Kerry Greenwood

    • Kerry Greenwood is one of Australia's best loved crime fiction authors. A lawyer by training, Kerry worked as a criminal defence lawyer for Victoria Legal Aid until becoming a professional writer. She remains a duty solicitor for Legal Aid (and finds inspiration for her crime fiction while she is there). Kerry is best known for her twenty Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries, which was adapted for the ABC as 'Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries' in 2002. In 2013, Kerry was awarded the Sisters in Crime Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. She wrote the Delphic Women Series and a host of stand-alone novels. She is also known for her eccentricity. Kerry lives with a registered wizard, and researched Phryne Fisher's horoscope. LISTEN to the podcast online
  • Episode 1 - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    • Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are a Melbourne-based writing duo on a roll. They are the co-authors of 'The Illuminae Files', a YA sci-fi space opera trilogy like nothing you have seen before. 'Illuminae' (the first in the trilogy) topped the New York Times best seller list, and won both the 2016 Inky Award and the Australian Book Industry Awards (Book of the Year for Older Children). 'Gemina', the second in the trilogy, debuted at #3 on the New York Times. Both Amie and Jay have published other successful YA trilogies. Amie is the co-author of 'The Starbound Trilogy' (with Megan Spooner), and Jay is the author of 'The Lotus War' trilogy and the 'Nevernight Chronicles'. Watch behind the scenes videos of the podcast being recorded. LISTEN to the podcast online


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