Tag: James and Ashley Stay at Home

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 10: Progressive weakness and loss of sensation

    In episode 10 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we get real serious – or as serious as it’s possible for James and me to get. We talk about our respective diagnoses and how these illnesses erupted in our lives. James has chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a neurological disorder that’s quite rare. CIDP has […]

  • Ep 8: Talking good dogs with Kate Leaver

    Ep 8: Talking good dogs with Kate Leaver

    I’ve been a fan of dogs basically since I was born. Ted, the handsome furball on the right, was my parents’ first baby – I came along a little later. I guess they decided they’d rather have a second dog than a second child, because for a while, this was their little menagerie. (Eventually they […]

  • Ep 5: The Year that Almost Killed Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

    The Safe Place begins with a dreamlike escape. A young Londoner in a Ramones T-shirt and worn sneakers boards a private jet and arrives in France, where a chauffeur escorts her to a secluded luxury estate on the coast. Hidden on a forested backroad behind iron gates, the property features two mansions, an expansive garden […]

  • Ep 3 ‘Not hiding my scars anymore’ with author Lee Kofman

    ‘I didn’t die because my parents bribed the surgeon that was supposed to operate on me not to operate on me … He had a nickname of The Butcher.’ In episode 3 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we speak to author and writing teacher Lee Kofman about her creative non-fiction book Imperfect: How […]