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Short Stories

Recorded 28/05/2020

Kate Rotherham and Lucy Treloar discuss the art of short story writing, what they love and what tips they have for aspiring writers. Listen below or click  here to watch the video and view their recommended reading list.

Inclusion Zone

Recorded 13/09/2019

Ben Doherty, Alice Pung, Arnold Zable and Amal Awad discuss racism, identity and belonging in Australia; the need to move beyond tokenism in our embrace of our diversity; and what it means to be a good human.

The Thrill Of Crime

Recorded 15/09/2019

Andy Muir, Christian White and Richard Anderson talk to Marg Hickey about their latest novels while discussing our insatiable fascination with the crime-thriller genre.

Inside Publishing

Recorded 13/09/2019

Get an insider’s look into the world of book publishing with Elissa Baillie of Simon & Schuster, Coco McGrath from Affirm Press and Jacqueline Kent, author of A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a Literary Life. Chaired by Jane McCredie. Event sponsored by Writing NSW.

The Fragments

Recorded 15/09/2019

Jason Steger chats with Toni Jordan about her novel The Fragments, set in 1930s New York and 1980s Brisbane.

Languages Of Immortality

Recorded 06/09/2018

Wiradjuri language experts and advocates Ruth Davys, Dr Pettina Love, Geoff Anderson and Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann speak with Sally Warhaft about the significance of language preservation and the impact of language decline on identity and shared cultural knowledge. Presented by the Murray Art Museum Albury.

Finding Words

Recorded 09/09/2018

An insightful, revelatory and inspiring exploration of home, childhood, parents, loss and life with Jessie Cole and Caroline Baum in discussion with Ailsa Piper.

Stranger Than Fiction

Recorded 07/09/2018

Senior journalists Tony Wright and Chris Hammer tease at the threads between fact and fiction as they discuss Chris’s first novel Scrublands.


Recorded 08/09/2018

Chris Hammer, Mark Brandi and Mark Smith talk to Margaret Hickey about the importance of landscape and place in rendering their characters, driving the narratives and pulling the reader into their stories.

Self In The Story

Recorded 08/09/2018

To what degree is the author present in their fiction or the biographer present in stories of others? Is the self as revealed in memoir any truer than the self that emerges in other genres? Jessie Cole and Robert Hillman get introspective with Caroline Baum about the ways they appear in their writing.

The Bookshop Of The Broken Hearted

Recorded 09/09/2018

Jason Steger talks to Robert Hillman about his exquisite and moving book The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted.

Everyday Violence

Recorded 16/09/2017

Jason Steger talks to Emily Maguire, Michael Sala and Nicole Hayes about the prevalence of violence in everyday life as depicted in their novels, and the importance of language in shifting narratives and assumptions.

Black Seeds

Recorded 14/09/2017

Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch discuss the recovery and regeneration of Indigenous knowledges and the necessity for Aboriginal beliefs and practices to be valued and reflected in our modern age.

Breaking The Mould

Recorded 13/09/2017

ABC Radio's Gaye Pattison talks to Angela Pippos about her new book, Breaking The Mould – Taking A Hammer To Sexism In Sport.