Episode 13 – 15 August 2018

On this episode of Backstory, Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Sally Piper, author of The Geography of Friendship, a story about fractured relationships, hiking and the reclamation of space by women. Then Rebecca Hanson from the Centre for Youth Literature joins Mel to talk about the Inky Awards. The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog.com.au. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international...

Episode 12 – 8 August 2018

Description In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Gerard Elson, bookseller at Readings St Kilda, and the 2015 recipient of the ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year award to discuss French Basque writer Marie Darrieussecq’s latest novella Our Life in the Forest. They are then joined by Marie from Basque country to discuss her...

Episode 11 – 1 August 2018

On this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Angela Myer, publisher at Echo Press, to talk about Angela’s debut novel, A Superior Spectre. Ginny Maxwell, co-editor of the much loved literary journal, The Lifted Brow, then joins Mel to talk about her thoughtful piece, “Labour Failures in the Arts Industry”, published in early 2018 in The Saturday...

Episode 10 – 25 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...