Tag: Podcast

  • Ep 56 How to survive a stalker with Ellis Gunn, author of Rattled

    ‘If he wants to follow me, I can’t stop him.’ After a random encounter with poet and author Ellis Gunn at an auction, a stranger decides to stalk her. Years later, she sits down to write about the experience – and realises it’s connected to a lifetime of gendered abuse, including surviving both sexual assault […]

  • Ep 55 A very overcomeable fear with author Katherine Collette

    The first time Katherine Collette attended a Toastmasters meeting, she immediately thought, ‘This would be great for satire.’ Toastmasters is a public speaking organisation that started in the US over 90 years ago, and now has over 300,000 members in 149 countries – and both Katherine and I are past members. Toastmasters is also the […]

  • Ep 50 How to remake the world with author Sarah Sentilles

    “We have these narrow stories about what it means to be a human being,” author Sarah Sentilles says. But we have the power to expand them, just as we have the power to remake the world. Sarah Sentilles is the author of Draw Your Weapons, Breaking Up with God, A Church of Her Own and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • An exceptionally generous gift you can give anyone

    Think of a book (or movie, album, whatever) that you really love. Now imagine someone says to you, ‘Let me take the time to read that book, and then let’s talk about it. For an hour.’ Which, if you think about it, is an incredibly generous thing to do. This is the premise of Ben […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 23: Sinking a hotel room with internationally bestselling author David Vann

    When we spoke to David Vann, he was on his final day of a two-week covid quarantine in a hotel room in Cambodia. He had with him an AED (an automatic external defibrillator) and an EPIRB (an emergency position indicating radio beacon), in case of sinking. He wasn’t specifically concerned about sinking the hotel room, […]