Category: Books

  • Ep 45 Writing the book you need with Jacinta Dietrich, author of This Is Us Now

    When Jacinta Dietrich’s boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer, she turned to fiction to find this new terrain explored on the page. Except she couldn’t find her story. While there were lots of narratives involving cancer, Jacinta was looking for a story that involved a young couple involved in a newer – but crucially, established – […]

  • 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 […]

  • A more hopeful view of humankind

    Around the world, the vast majority of people believe things are getting worse. But in Humankind: A Hopeful History, Rutger Bregman shows us that “The reality is exactly the opposite. Over the last several decades, extreme poverty, victims of war, child mortality, crime, famine, child labour, deaths in natural disasters and the number of plane […]

  • Ep 40 Vigilante justice with author David Heska Wanbli Weiden

    ‘People come to me all the time and tell me about the metaphors I built in, and I tell them, “Man, I just threw it in there.”‘ David Heska Wanbli Weiden is an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation and the author of Winter Counts. His debut novel, Winter Counts was the winner of […]

  • Ep 38 How to survive an earthquake with Michelle Tom

    ‘I went on a post-mortem enquiry. How did we end up here? We were five and now we’re two.’ Michelle Tom began her writing career as a print journalist in her native New Zealand. Michelle was selected for the ACT Writers Centre HARDCOPY 2019 program and for a Varuna Memoir Masterclass in 2017. Michelle lives […]

  • 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    The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship, presented by Writing NSW and Text Publishing, is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project.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 […]

  • Ep 37 ‘The diagnosis was everything to me’

    In episode 37 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we speak to two neurodiverse authors about receiving diagnoses as adults, oversharing, figuring themselves out through their writing, and so much more. Anna Whateley is an #OwnVoices author and proudly autistic, with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Her debut novel, Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, is […]

  • Ep 34 Secret podcast stuff

    In episode 34 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we speak to bookish entrepreneurs and writers Amy and Laura about how Secret Book Stuff evolved from a kindness-generating project into a business, how books have been transformative in their lives, and how reading makes you better in bed. Secret Book Stuff is an online […]

  • 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 […]