Episode 48 – 28 August 2019

Nina Kenwood’s Young Adult novel, It Sounded Better in my Head, has been described by The Age as ‘a sweet, funny and relatable account of the dramas of those grappling with late adolescence’. She joins Backstory host Mel Cranenburgh to talk about the genesis of the book and the enjoyment she got from writing it. Joey Bui then joins Mel to talk about her riveting first book, Lucky Ticket, a highly original collection of stories by a talented young...

Episode 47 – 7 August 2019

Angela Savage discusses her novel, Mother Of Pearl, which explores the ethical minefield of international surrogacy through the stories of three women. Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris, both Melbourne-based freelance journalist and critics then join Mel to talk about their second collaboration, Nailed...

Episode 46 – 31 July 2019

2019’s Miles Franklin award winner, Melissa Lucashenko, joins Mel on the line to talk about her novel, Too Much Lip. R.W.R. McDonald then drops into the studio to tell us about his debut novel, ‘The Nancys’, a refreshing take on the popular Nancy Drew novels for a new...

Episode 45 – 24 July 2019

Mel chats with Alice Bishop, author of A Constant Hum, a moving collection of vignettes that grapples with the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires. As one critic notes, some of the vignettes ‘cut to the bone; others are empathetic tales of survival, even hope’. Lee Kofman and Romana Koval then join Mel to chat about their new anthology, Split, a collection about loss, leaving and new...

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...