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Sarah Krasnostein

Award-winning author of ‘The Trauma Cleaner’, Sarah Krasnostein, weaves us through her new book ‘The Believer’. From a death doula to a ghost hunter, to a woman facing death and another woman released…


Rick Morton

Journalist Rick Morton combines memoir with journalism in ‘My Year of Living Vulnerably: A Rediscovery of Love’. Whilst reflecting on childhood trauma and its resounding impact into adulthood, the book also explores loneliness…


Rebecca Starford

Author and editor Rebecca Starford walks us through the The Imitator, her new historical novel which weaves through pre, mid and post-war periods, through the lens of a MI5 wartime spy. Out…


Emma Batchelor

Now That I See You has won the 2021 Australian / Vogel Literary Award. Listen as the woman behind the words, Emma Batchelor, unravels this part-truth, part-fiction book; exploring the way her lens…


Susan Johnson & Oliver Reeson

Award winning author and journalist Susan Johnson goes into her epistolary novel ‘From Where I Fell’, which follows two women who find solace in one another after an accidental email unites them; and…


Madeleine Ryan

Australian writer, director and actor, Madeleine Ryan, chats about her debut novel ‘A Room Called Earth’. Taking the reader on a journey through the mind of a woman in the space of one…


Anwen Crawford

Writer and music and cultural critic Anwen Crawford talks about her new book ‘No Document’. The book-length essay weaves together narratives that explore grief, art and activism with themes of war, immigration and…


Claire Thomas & Fiona McGregor

Claire Thomas delves into her latest novel The Performance, following three women whose lives undergo revelations as they watch a play; and author and performance artist Fiona McGregor discusses her collection of…


Elizabeth Flux on her piece in Meanjin

Elizabeth Flux is Editor At Large for the Melbourne City of Literature Office and an award-winning author whose fiction and non-fiction has been widely published. In this long-form interview, she discusses her recent…


Zoya Patel on the Stella Prize Shortlist for 2021

Zoya Patel is an award-winning author, editor, founder of a feminist literary organisation and Chair of the 2021 Stella Prize judging panel. Discussing emerging themes in the stories shortlisted for the Stella Prize…

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

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