Episode 9 – 18 July 2018

Enza Gandolfo joins Backstory with Melissa Cranenburgh this week to talk about her second novel The Bridge. Drawing on the true events of Australia’s worst industrial accident (the collapse of The West Gate Bridge), a tragedy that still scars the city of Melbourne. The Bridge is a profoundly moving novel that examines class, guilt, and moral culpability. Yet it shows that even the most harrowing of situations can give way to forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, it is a testament to survival and the resilience of the human spirit. And we catch up with Khalid Warsame from West Writers Forum. The Forum is an annual event that aims to encourage diverse and critically engaged conversations between writers/storytellers, readers and industry members. The forum includes panels, workshops, performances, installations and story walks and is held from the 27 – 29 July at Footscray Community Arts...

Episode 8 – 11 July 2018

Mel talks all things crime writing with Christian White whose debut thriller, The Nowhere Child, is a “combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory”. Mel is then joined by Jacqui Horwood, the chief judge wrangler of the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, which will be presented on Saturday 11 August at Swinburne University.Since 2001, the Davitts have played a pivotal role in getting women’s crime writing published and better recognised and Mel and Jacqui discuss the amazing work being done by female writers in the crime...

Episode 7 – 4 July 2018

Get literary on Backstory this week as Jenny Ackland swings by to chat about her new book Little Gods: a novel about the loss of innocence and the mess of family, and Festival Director Rosemary Sorenson drops by to talk about the 2018 Bendigo Writers Festival...

Episode 6 – 27 June 2018

On this episode of Backstory, Mel Cranenburgh speaks to writer and cultural historian, Maria Tumarkin about her extraordinary new book, Axiomatic, described by Robert Dessaix as “a brilliant kaleidoscope of arresting observations on suffering and innocence in modern times”. She’s then joined by Backstory’s podcast producer, Lisa Gye, to talk about their shared experience of coming from mixed race families in the context of the ongoing white washing of Australian...

Episode 5 – 20 June 2018

On this edition of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh talks to Young Adult fiction writer, Clare Strahan, author of The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge as well as the program director of Melbourne Rare Book Week, Professor Chris...