Category: Australiana

  • Operation Caroline and the bomb that shook South Yarra

    At 2.16 am on 23 November 1986, a car bomb exploded at 44 Caroline Street in Melbourne, outside the Turkish consulate in South Yarra. Because it was the middle of the night, the only person injured was the bomber himself – he died, blown to pieces by his own bomb, which wasn’t part of the […]

  • Listen, be interested and be brave: Q&A with Samia Goudie, Boundless Mentorship runner-up

    The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship, presented by Writing NSW and Text Publishing, is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The writer is paired with a senior Indigenous writer for a structured year-long mentorship. The 2021 Boundless runner-up is Bundjalung writer Samia Goudie, for […]

  • The key to being smarter, healthier and happier

    Mark your calendars! This year Australian Reading Hour is Tuesday 14 September. This is a chance to not only make some extra time in your schedule for reading, but also to celebrate reading and all its benefits and joys. Australia Reads exists to ‘champion reading, promote the many mental health and lifestyle benefits of reading […]

  • And the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize goes to …

    Huge congratulations are due to my podcast co-host, writers’ group member and fellow health-challenged friend, James McKenzie Watson, who has won the won the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize for his manuscript Denizen. Launched in 2017, the Penguin Literary Prize was established to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction. I’ve read a […]

  • Ep 26 Raising the Dead with Luke Stegemann, author of ‘Amnesia Road’

    ‘Sometimes just not knowing can actually be a good thing … but there are other times when you really do have to pursue truth. And when does one apply and when does the other?’ In Amnesia Road, Luke Stegemann explores complex questions about violence, history and society. He doesn’t profess to have answers, which is […]

  • Ep 24: Sea-creature days with Kavita Bedford, author of Friends and Dark Shapes

    In Friends & Dark Shapes, author Kavita Bedford uses the term sea-creature days, ‘Days when things that lurk beneath the surface start to come up and feel a little stronger in day-to-day life than they normally do.’ We’ve all had days like that. In episode 24 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we interview […]

  • Ep 22: Are you equating Vegemite to urine? with Nash, artist and author

    Nash is not only the owner of a bad-ass mononym, he’s also an artist and now first-time author, and the latest guest on James and Ashley Stay at Home. A Sri Lanka-born multi-disciplinary designer and artist, Nash has been based in Melbourne since 2012. His work is both cynical social commentary and an account of […]

  • The Cyclops Horse and other monsters

    Steve and I are eating vegan this February, so on the 14th we celebrated what is now known as Vegantine’s Day. Normally we don’t do much (sometimes the best gift is low expectations). But since the Chau Chak Wing Museum recently opened at the University of Sydney, Steve suggested visiting it together. It turned out […]

  • Ep 18: Learning how to learn with Nardi Simpson, author of Song of the Crocodile

    “What I would ultimately like, you know, my huge big goal [for the book, is that] people can look back on this and say, ‘You know, there are bits in that – as a non-Indigenous person – I didn’t understand, but that’s okay, and I don’t need to acquire and learn and make meaning for […]