Episode 42 – 19 June 2019

In this episode, author Mark Brandi joins Mel Cranenburgh to talk about his new novel, The Rip, described as ‘an urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in… then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren’t going to make it out alive’. Then Melbourne-based animator, comic artist and zinemaker, Peo Michie, and multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer, Heather Joan Day, come by to chat with Mel about Interstitial, an event exploring life between cultures from the Emerging Writers Festival and...

Episode 41 – 12 June 2019

In this episode, Bren MacDibble, author of the award-winning How To Bee, joins host Mel Cranenburgh to talk her new book, The Dog Runner, and what it’s like to write for the ‘middle audience’ – those young readers aged between 9 and 12. Plus, we hear from Glen Eira Storytelling Festival Festival Director Suzanne Olb about this year’s event, a cultural extravaganza of music, comedy, stories and workshops held from 22 June to 7...

Episode 40 – 5 June 2019

On this episode, Fiona McGregor, author of A Novel Idea joins host Mel Cranenburgh to chat about what life is really like when a writer sits down to stare down the blank page. Katie Smyrk, deputy editor of The Big Issue, also joins Mel to review two books you need on your to-read...

Episode 39 – 22 May 2019

In this episode of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by author Wayne Macauley, whose latest book Simpson Returns. ‘A concise satire of Australian platitudes about fairness and egalitarianism, it is timely, devastating and witheringly funny’. Released in time for 2019’s Anzac Day ‘celebrations’, it has been received to critical acclaim with the Australian Book Review noting that ‘they should teach this book at school.’ https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/simpson-returns Mel is then joined by Izzy Roberts-Orr, Artistic Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. They talk about the themes of the 2019 iteration of the festival which is held in Melbourne from June 19 – 29 at the Wheelers Centre. For more details,...

Episode 38 – 15 May 2019

In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh talks to 2019 Nature Writing Prize co-winner Jenny Sinclair about her book An Orchard For My Father. Jenny’s previous non-fiction books include Much Ado About Melbourne (Affirm Press, 2015) (first published as When We Think About Melbourne, 2010) and A Walking Shadow (Arcade Publications, 2012). As a journalist, she has been on staff at The Age and at local newspapers, and written for a wide variety of publications. Mel’s then joined by author Alice Robinson to chat about her novel The Glad Shout, set in a frightening future Melbourne where storms and floods have ravaged the city; families have been separated, and food and water supplies are limited. Alice’s first novel Anchor Point was long-listed for the Stella...