Episode 44 – 10 July 2019

Writer Amra Pajalic tells Mel Cranenburgh about her new book, Things Nobody Knows But Me, a memoir about being parented by mother with bi-polar disorder who is from a non-English speaking background. The book was published by Transit Lounge in 2019. Peta Hanrahan and Anna Kennedy then talk Mel through a new production based on Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, adapted by Sentient Theatre and showing at...

Episode 43 – 26 June 2019

In this episode of Backstory, Nicola Redhouse joins host, Mel Cranenburgh, to talk about Nicola’s latest release Unlike The Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind, a memoir which explores post-natal anxiety through a psychoanalytic lens. And author Meg Keneally joins Mel to discuss her first solo novel, Fled, an epic historical adventure based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary...

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...