Tag: health

  • Ep 63 How not to write a memoir with author Bronwyn Birdsall

    Ep 63 How not to write a memoir with author Bronwyn Birdsall

    After contracting glandular fever as a child (aka mono), Bronwyn Birdsall ended up with such bad chronic fatigue, she missed six months of school. This was at a time when there was still significant stigma surrounding the illness. Bronwyn grew up in Sydney. At age 24, she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked […]

  • Ep 58 When your body betrays you with author Rae Cairns

    After a broken finger brought on a debilitating illness, author Rae Cairns lost two years as her doctors searched for the right treatment. A bad reaction to drugs caused her hair to fall out. When her health had stabilised enough for her to return to writing, she lost her literary agent. Undeterred, Rae self-published her […]

  • The top 10 most popular episodes of James and Ashley Stay at Home

    James and Ashley Stay at Home, the podcast I co-host with author James McKenzie Watson, is about to hit 50 episodes. We’ve been exploring writing, creativity and health since way back in June 2020, and we’ve talked to an amazing variety of guests. If you live with chronic illness or have a writing or creative […]

  • 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 – […]

  • Ep 41 When you get it this young, you have it forever with author and editor Heather Taylor Johnson

    When she was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease at age 25, one of the many things it meant for Heather was that she’d have to quit skydiving – though not until she’d injured herself trying to hold on the person she was before. Heather Taylor Johnson is a writer and editor. Born in Minnesota and now living […]

  • Ep 33 Writing yourself back to health with Joanna Nell, GP and bestselling author

    Joanna Nell worked as a GP until a 10-pin bowling accident led to her becoming a bestselling author. Now, she jokes that she works part-time as a GP and full-time as a writer. Her novels feature ‘young-at-heart characters who are not afraid to break the rules and defy society’s expectations of ageing’. In episode 33 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Ep 32 Writing the story you want to write with author RWR McDonald

    When RWR (Rob) McDonald was writing his award-winning debut novel The Nancys, he was working full time in a high-stress job, studying a master’s degree, and was also a dad to two young girls. Around the time he got a literary agent, he decided to take a step down, career-wise, into a lower-stress role. Which […]

  • 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 […]