Category: Australiana

  • Ep 67 Learning with a beginner’s mindset with Darryl ‘The Bird Guy’ Jones

    Ep 67 Learning with a beginner’s mindset with Darryl ‘The Bird Guy’ Jones

    ‘I regard my seventh book, Curlews on Vulture Street … as my first real writing. You know, this is the one I’m most proud of. It was the biggest challenge and the one I enjoyed the most.’ Darryl Jones is a Professor of Ecology at Griffith University in Brisbane, where for over 30 years he […]

  • Ep 64 If you kids don’t behave, I’ll turn this podcast around

    Ep 64 If you kids don’t behave, I’ll turn this podcast around

    Heads up, episode 64 of James and Ashley Stay at Their Respective Homes in Separate Cities is full of spoilers for Denizen – but this post isn’t. If you haven’t read Denizen yet (where have you been?), you can still enjoy reading about our special double-guest episode, and then get even more excited to go […]

  • Success story – Curlews on Vulture Street

    ‘Plenty is going on between humans and wildlife. This intersection of realms is where I have been dwelling now for several decades; the strange, exhilarating place where people and nature mix, often uneasily, trying to understand what the heck is going on.’ – from the introduction to Curlews on Vulture Street Curlews on Vulture Street: Cities, […]

  • Crafting feisty females with author Felicity McLean

    When researching for her second novel, Felicity McLean learned there are more books and songs about Ned Kelly and his gang than any other Australian historical figure. Kelly is pervasive in Australian culture, but McLean wondered how representative he is of who we are as a nation in 2022. Her new novel plays around with […]

  • Ep 60 How to write a prize-winning novel with James McKenzie Watson, author of Denizen

    When he was 22 years old, James McKenzie Watson began to experience the first symptoms of what doctors suspected was Guillain–Barré syndrome. To test for this, they gave him a spinal tap (not the rock and roll kind). After the procedure he had to lie on his back for two hours. In that time, he […]

  • Join me for these upcoming events!

    I’ve been raving about the award-winning novel Denzien, written by my podcast co-host and friend James McKenzie Watson, and now I get to launch his book! This event is going to be one of my highlights of the year, so if you’re in Sydney, please join us! Launch of Denizen by James McKenzie WatsonThursday 28 […]

  • Ep 57 Experimenting with form and place with author Yumna Kassab

    In her exploration of life in rural Australian, author Yumna Kassab draws on horror, crime and gothic inspiration to craft a thematically linked experiment in form and style. Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book, The House of Youssef, was listed for prizes […]

  • But how does your HUSBAND feel about your memoir?!

    When I started writing, one major thing I had absolutely no idea about was narrative structure. I thought I just had to write a good story – and that’s true, but it was only later that I discovered how essential structure is to good stories. It took me an embarrassing number of years to even realise […]

  • Ep 48 Building community after loss with author Shankari Chandran

    How do we build community and a sense of self after loss, especially the kind of loss that echoes for generations? In episode 48, James and I talk to Australian author Shankari Chandran about her latest novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, and how her efforts to find connection in the writing community echo her […]