Episode 33 – 27 March 2019

In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by author Carrie Tiffany to talk about her latest novel, Exploded View. Spare, poetic and intensely visual, Exploded View follows on from Carrie’s previous works, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds. She is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers and winner of the inaugural Stella Prize. Mel is then joined by Beth Wilkinson, the founder, editor and creative director of Lindsay, to talk about the latest issue of the magazine which is based in Melbourne but celebrates the importance of culture and place across the...

Episode 32 – 20 March 2019

Editor Louise Swinn and contributors Amy Gray and Monica Dux join Mel Cranenburgh to tell us about their powerful new collection of writing, Choice Words. Including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the collection explores the dominant narrative and taboos surrounding abortion and gives invaluable insight into how this impacts on Australian women today. Mel’s then joined by City of Yarra Mayor, Cnr Danae Bosler, and writer and musician Justin Heazlewood (author of Get Up, Mum) to hear about the Fitzroy Writers Festival....

Episode 31 – 6 March 2019

On this episode of Backstory, CEO of Readings Mark Rubbo drops in to speak to Mel Cranenburgh about the 50th anniversary of the flagship Carlton store. Plus, scholar and writer Julienne van Loon discusses her latest book, The Thinking...

Episode 30 – 27 February 2019

On this episode of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh chats to Danish author Mads Peder Nordbo talks about his arctic crime thriller The Girl Without Skin.  She’s then joined by local author Ella Holcombe to talk about the recent release of her Young Adult fiction piece, The House On The Mountain, a beautifully poignant portrait of one family’s experience of the Black Saturday...