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Category Archives: Podcast

Midday in Paris

What expat job could be better than working at a bookstore in Paris? Word-loving Francophile Meaghan Dew speaks to booksellers from two well-known English-language bookstores, in the hopes of discovering whether the reality is as idyllique as it sounds.

Slams in schools

Does taking poetry slams into schools ignite students’ appreciation for traditional poetry and literature in general? Irma Gold chats to experienced poetry slammer Will Small and 17-year-old student Sam Francis about dynamic ways of teaching the canon, including the links between hip hop and performance poetry. Podcast production by Gold Music Productions.


  Launching a publishing venture is a leap of faith–whether it’s a brand new print publication or an interpretation of an already successful one. In this podcast, Meaghan Dew asks Dumbo Feather’s Digital Director Brendan McKnight, and Damed editor Mad Dame, how it feels to take that jump.  

Little Pearlers Ep. 2: Career

Grown-ups can learn a lot from children. When it comes to the big questions in life, children have a natural ability to wonder. In this second episode, Erin and Fleur find out what our Little Pearlers think about their careers and what they want to be when … Read more »

Exercise and the Writer

From Dylan Thomas, the Beats and Hunter S Thompson, to fictional Bernard Black, the image of the writer has long been romanticised as an unhealthy, alcoholic and otherwise-addled self-destructive force. But is this an outdated portrayal, and could it be holding us back creatively? Is it time … Read more »

Book Voyage

Some stories seem universal but others are forever linked to a particular place, whether because of where we first read or heard them, or because the story itself brings a particular location to life. In this podcast, links between story and place are explored. Estelle Tang recommends … Read more »

To Agent or Not To Agent?

What do literary agents even do, and how do you get one? Should you get one? Irma Gold talks to Australian authors, Jackie French and Marion Halligan, and agency founder Mary Cunnane about the industry dos and don’ts. French decided against having an agent after having one … Read more »

So you’ve won a literary prize?

Whether the peak of a writer’s career or an arbitrary measure of accomplishment, literary prizes are an exciting yet somewhat mysterious element of the publishing industry. What happens in the lead up the big announcement? Does the winner know they’ve won beforehand? How much should you Google … Read more »

Slam poetry in Oz

Australia is now well and truly into performance poetry: we have the National Poetry Slam drawing huge crowds every year, and smaller events popping up regularly in our capital cities. But what makes a writer become a performer, and how does performance change the written word? Sky … Read more »

Sleep study: The subjects

Rumour has it there’s a breed of humans who don’t need sleep. These high-achieving creative types stay up till dawn writing masterpieces while the rest of us are dozing. But is creative insomnia a myth? And can it be induced?