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The Garret: Writers on writing

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The Garret: Writers on writing

The Garret: Writers on writing

Bad Producer Productions

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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 InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.

Latest Episodes

Michael Mohammed Ahmad on 'After Australia'

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 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 onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorI...

47 MIN13 h ago
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Michael Mohammed Ahmad on 'After Australia'

At home with Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestsellerThe Secret Riverwas 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 includeSarah Thornhill,The Lieutenant,Dark Placesand the Orange Prize winnerThe 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 StoryandThe 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 Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

27 MIN1 w ago
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At home with Kate Grenville

At home with Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage is an author and academic. Her work is published in literary journals and anthologies around the world, including Paris Review Daily,Sydney Review of Books,Choice WordsandLifted Brow. Blueberriesis her first collection. Ellena is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including the 2019–21 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

32 MIN3 w ago
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At home with Ellena Savage

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

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 novelHome. Her second novel,Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award.She has also published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films,After the ApologyandInnocence Betrayedand 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...

48 MIN3 w ago
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Larissa Behrendt: On 'Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling'

At home with Ellen van Neerven

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.Throatis 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. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

42 MINJUN 4
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At home with Ellen van Neerven

At home with Ronnie Scott

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. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

37 MINMAY 28
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At home with Ronnie Scott

At home with Trent Jamieson

Trent Jamiesondiscusses 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. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

38 MINMAY 21
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At home with Trent Jamieson

At home with Jess Hill

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 Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

36 MINMAY 15
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At home with Jess Hill

At home with James Bradley

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, Wrack,The Deep Field,The ResurrectionistandClade. 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 Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on TwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

42 MINMAY 7
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At home with James Bradley

At home with Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan'snovel, The Rúin (2018), was a critically acclaimed international bestseller. In Australia, The Rúinwon 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. About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on TwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

37 MINAPR 30
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At home with Dervla McTiernan

Latest Episodes

Michael Mohammed Ahmad on 'After Australia'

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 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 onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorI...

47 MIN13 h ago
Comments
Michael Mohammed Ahmad on 'After Australia'

At home with Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestsellerThe Secret Riverwas 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 includeSarah Thornhill,The Lieutenant,Dark Placesand the Orange Prize winnerThe 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 StoryandThe 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 Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

27 MIN1 w ago
Comments
At home with Kate Grenville

At home with Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage is an author and academic. Her work is published in literary journals and anthologies around the world, including Paris Review Daily,Sydney Review of Books,Choice WordsandLifted Brow. Blueberriesis her first collection. Ellena is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including the 2019–21 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

32 MIN3 w ago
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At home with Ellena Savage

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

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 novelHome. Her second novel,Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award.She has also published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films,After the ApologyandInnocence Betrayedand 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...

48 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Larissa Behrendt: On 'Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling'

At home with Ellen van Neerven

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.Throatis 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. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

42 MINJUN 4
Comments
At home with Ellen van Neerven

At home with Ronnie Scott

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. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

37 MINMAY 28
Comments
At home with Ronnie Scott

At home with Trent Jamieson

Trent Jamiesondiscusses 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. ​About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

38 MINMAY 21
Comments
At home with Trent Jamieson

At home with Jess Hill

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 Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret onTwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

36 MINMAY 15
Comments
At home with Jess Hill

At home with James Bradley

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, Wrack,The Deep Field,The ResurrectionistandClade. 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 Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on TwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

42 MINMAY 7
Comments
At home with James Bradley

At home with Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan'snovel, The Rúin (2018), was a critically acclaimed international bestseller. In Australia, The Rúinwon 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. About The Garret Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on TwitterandFacebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards onTwitterorInstagram.

37 MINAPR 30
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At home with Dervla McTiernan
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