Episode 37 – 8 May 2019

On this episode of Backstory, Mel Cranenburgh chats to writer Melanie Cheng about her debut novel, Room for a Stranger [https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/room-for-a-stranger] Melanie is best known for her award winning collection of short stories, Australia Day. Then Julie Ganner and Sarah Runcie drop in to talk about the launch of Inclusive Publishing in Australia: An Introductory Guide. [https://apo.org.au/node/233721?utm_source=APO-feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=rss-all]...

Episode 36 – 1 May 2019

On this episode of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh chats with the authors of two new novels: one from Andrea Goldsmith titled Invented Lives [https://andreagoldsmith.com.au/] and another from the one and only Melina Marchetta, The Place on Dalhousie [https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-place-on-dalhousie-9780143793533]...

Episode 35 – 10 April 2019

Mel Cranenburgh is joined by two special guests. Graeme Simsion  talks about his new novel The Rosie Result – the final in the widely acclaimed Rosie trilogy. She’s then joined by Vicki Leaveau-Harvie, whoseStella prize winning, beautifully told memoir, The Erratics, explores the universal ways in which aging parents, mental illness and addictions complicate...

Episode 34 – 3 April 2019

Host Mel Cranenburgh catches up with novelist Kate Richards about her debut novel Fusion and writer/critic Mel Campbell reviews Annaleese Jochem’s novel Baby....

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....