Older episodes


Tegan Bennett Daylight & Evelyn Araluen

Tegan Bennett Daylight discusses her new book, The Details: On Love, Death and Reading, a collection of essays that examines the connections we form with literature and, in turn, with each other…


Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s Booklovers Festival

Yarra Plenty Regional Library librarian Patrick Jovaras talks about coordinating this year’s YPRL Booklovers Festival and making the In The Good Books podcast, and the challenges and joys of getting books into the…


Kate Mildenhall & Lia Hills

Author Kate Mildenhall talks about her latest novel, The Mother Fault and her new project about writing, writers and books,The First Time Podcast, co-hosted by Katherine Collette. And writer Lia Hills…


Jack Serong & Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Author Jock Serong talks about his latest novel, The Burning Island, the follow up to his critically acclaimed thriller Preservation; and novelist Laura Elizabeth Woollett chats about her essay ‘Award Rate’…


Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Kaya Ortiz Lattimore & Adalya Nash Hussein

Editor, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and contributor, Kaya Ortiz Lattimore, discuss After Australia, a new essay anthology that features twelve Indigenous writers and writers of colour exploring the world we are handing down…


Victoria Hannan & Jess Hill

Victoria Hannan talks about her debut novel Kokomo, a story of estrangement from kin, friendship, love, self and country; and Jess Hill, author of the award winning See What You Made Me


Robbie Arnott & Elizabeth Flux

Robbie Arnott joins Backstory to discuss his second novel, The Rain Heron, an allegorical, cautionary tale which has been described as “a journey into a perilous world where the horror of human…


Mia Walsch

Mia Walsch’s new book, Something For Nothing, has been described as a ‘captivatingly honest memoir about surviving, sex work, friendships, drugs, mental illness and need’. In this long form interview, Mia discusses…


Kate Grenville & Evelyn Araluen Corr

Author Kate Grenville talks about her latest book, A Room Made of Leaves, a work of historical fiction that questions how and by whom our histories get constructed and reconstructed; and poet, educator…


K.M. Kruimink & Caro Llewellyn

Author K.M. Kruimink talks about winning the Vogel Award for her debut novel, A Treacherous Country, and Caro Llewellyn, the newly appointed CEO of Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre, discusses what she hopes…

About this program

A show about books, stories, the craft of writing - and the people behind the lines. 

The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.