Episode 26 – 21 November 2018

On this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh talks to Markus Zusak, the author of six books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages – establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. His latest book, the  much-anticipated Bridge of Clay was released in October 2018 in the USA, the UK and Australia, with foreign translations to...

Episode 25 – 14 November 2018

Mel Cranenburgh returns to Backstory and catches up with award winning author Toni Jordan to talk about her latest book The Fragments, a superbly crafted and captivating literary mystery about a lost book and a secret love. Mel is then joined by The Small Press Network’s General Manager Tim Coronel and Dr Rebecca Giblin, an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor within Monash University’s Law Faculty, to talk about all things independent publishing including the challenges facing small presses in the digital...

Episode 24 – 7 November 2018

In this episode of Backstory,  Mel takes a short break and the lovely Mia Timpano @mia.timpano takes the reins to interview some heroes of local independent magazine publishing. Kimberley Thomson (co-founder/editor of @swamplandmag – and one-half of punk band @shrimpwitch); Isabella Trimboli (co-editor/co-founder of @gushermagazine, joined her over the phone from Sydney); and Pino Demaio (editor-and-chief and creative director of @mattersjournal)....

Episode 23 – 31 October 2018

On Backstory this week, Mel Cranenburgh is joined by author, Moreno Giovannoni, whose book The Fireflies of Autumn:And Other Tales of San Ginese explores tales of war and migration, feasts and misfortunes – of a people and their place over the course of the twentieth century in an imaginary Tuscan village. Moreno Giovannoni was born in San Ginese but grew up in a house on a hill, on a tobacco farm at Buffalo River in north-east Victoria. He is a freelance translator of long standing. https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/fireflies-autumn Mel then speaks to Michael Veitch, performer, writer and broadcaster, about his latest work Hellship which documents the fate of the emigrant clipper Ticonderoga and its passengers. Shortly after crossing the equator, typhus had erupted throughout her decks, and in just a few weeks, one hundred of her mainly Highland Scots emigrants had perished, hastily buried at sea with what little ceremony could be afforded. Forbidden to enter Melbourne, the Ticonderoga was made to offload her human cargo onto a small beach inside the heads where, for the next six weeks, a makeshift quarantine hospital was established. Through the tireless efforts of the ship’s young surgeon, Veitch’s great-grandfather, aided by a handful of passengers, including a courageous young Scots woman from the Isle of Mull (his great-grandmother), many lives were saved. Hellship is a book, a play and has a soundtrack by Veitch’s son, Thomas Veitch and Rose Hampton. https://www.hellshipticonderoga.com/...

Episode 22 – 24 October 2018

On this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by celebrated author, Rosalie Ham, whose book The Dressmaker was turned into a successful, international film. Her latest book, The Year of the Farmer also explores the vageries of life in a small Australian country town. Mel is then joined by Melanie Cheng, author of ‘Australia Day’, and the facilitator of the opening event at the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival, Celebrating Migrant Voices.The Festival is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, and promotes lifelong learning. Read more about the festival here – https://www.brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/writersfestival...