Episode 18 – 26 September 2018

This week, author, screenwriter and biologist, Margeret Morgan joins Mel Cranenbugh to discuss The Second Cure, a provocative debut novel about control, courage and belief with a decidedly sciency bent, She’s then joined by well known social commentator and broadcaster, Jane Caro, to discuss Just Flesh and Blood, the final novel in Caro’s trilogy about monarch Queen Elizabeth I....

Episode 17 – 19 September 2018

In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by new Australian writer, Katherine Collette, author of The Helpline, a sharp, witty, big-hearted comedy about people power and brain power—and the difficulty of getting them to work together. She’s then joined by Liam Amore, improv actor and cast member of Murder Village which featured as part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe...

Episode 16 – 12 September 2018

This week, Melissa Cranenburgh speaks to Stuart Kells about his new book, Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature, a new take on the endless mystery of who or even what was Shakespeare, taking us through both different conceptions of the man himself and the library that purportedly constitutes his works. Mel is then joined by Astrid Edwards to talk about Shaun Tan’s children’s book Cicada as well as Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow series. They then swap notes on what it takes to do a good literary...

Episode 15 – 5 September 2018

In this edition of Backstory, host Melissa Cranenburgh is joined by Majok Tulba, author of When Elephants Fight, a haunting coming of age young adult fiction about the hardships of life as a refugee. Majok Tulba’s debut novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and likened to the work of Nam Le, Markus Zusak and Primo Levi. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/when-elephants-fight-9781926428437 Mel is then joined by Sharon Galleguillos from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to talk about Indigenous Literacy Day, a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. You can find out more at...

Episode 14 – 29 August 2018

On this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Brooklyn based author Maria Dahvana Headley who was in town for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. They talk about Headley’s most recent book The Mere Wife, a modern-day re-imagining of Beowulf. Described by critics as “exquisite and imaginative” and “on-point and thought provoking”, The Mere Wife is a “wild adventure; a celebration of monsters, myths, and the power of mother-love”. She is then joined by Dr SanazFotouhi a dynamic writer, filmmaker and director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators to talk about the Melbourne City of Literature event, A Persian Feast with Iranian...