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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.

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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.

    WRITER 358: Joanna Nell's 'The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 358: Joanna Nell's 'The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this wonderful book.

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    • 23 min
    WRITER 357: Meet Malcolm Knox, author of 'Bluebird'.

    WRITER 357: Meet Malcolm Knox, author of 'Bluebird'.

    Are you a morning writer? Meet Malcolm Knox, author of 'Bluebird'. Learn how dogs are helping kids to read. Discover how to get motivated for NaNoWriMo. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'What Cats Want' by Dr Yuki Hattori up for grabs.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    WRITER 356: A.L. Tait's 'The Firestar: A Maven & Reeve Mystery' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 356: A.L. Tait's 'The Firestar: A Maven & Reeve Mystery' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Firestar: A Maven & Reeve Mystery by A.L. Tait. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this exciting book.

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    • 17 min
    WRITER 355: Meet Rose Carlyle, author of 'The Girl in the Mirror'.

    WRITER 355: Meet Rose Carlyle, author of 'The Girl in the Mirror'.

    Meet Rose Carlyle, author of 'The Girl in the Mirror'. Learn about the rise and rise of 'stealth help' books. We congratulate the Ned Kelly award winners! Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Windsor Diaries' by Alathea Fitzalan Howard to give away.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    WRITER 354: Petronella McGovern's 'The Good Teacher' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 354: Petronella McGovern's 'The Good Teacher' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Good Teacher by Petronella McGovern. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this gripping book.

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    • 26 min
    WRITER 353: Kate Mildenhall's 'The Mother Fault' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 353: Kate Mildenhall's 'The Mother Fault' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Mother Faultby Kate Mildenhall. Narrated by veteran Australian actor Claudia Karvan, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book. 

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

Valerie.Giselle ,

Comfort listening with loads of inspiration

I started listening to this podcast again in June when I felt secure to turn my GPS off after starting at a new school out of the city. Boy did I miss Val and Al!! I now listen to every current episode and in between I am listening to all the backlog episodes. I listen on the way to school and back home ... that’s nearly 2 hours per day. You make the drive bearable and it feels like I’m cuddling up in a warm soft blanket with a hot cup of chocolate. Every day you inspire me, motivate me and inform me on all things writing and I am eternally grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! By the way, I am Team Banoffee Pie (sorry Allison) and I love the word of the week; I love your banter over each word. Thanks for making this emerging writer feel that her dreams are possible🌸

Jojomac44pins ,

Interviews are enjoyable but hosts are always bickering

I loved the Clare Bowditch episode but the lead up was rough. One of these women is snappy and so unkind to her cohost. Aren’t they wanting to support one another if they make a mistake ?
I’ll be listening but skipping through the beginning.

Priscilla Hocking ,

So-you-want-to-be-writer Junkie

Thanks for this awesome podcast.

I can’t believe that last year I had never listened to any podcasts let alone this, the best podcast in existence.

A car trip alone without it leaves me as jittery and desperate as an addict so fortunately I can listen to the extensive backlog of recordings when the current episode is over for the week. I always enjoy the amazing interviews, even when the genre is not something I’d read, and I’ve frequently purchased books as a result of hearing the author speak.

I also look forward to the Word of the Week, (sorry Al!) - love it when I know them from reading Georgette Heyer’s but also happy to learn new ones. (Well, you can you them in a sentence know that you know them especially if all your friends listen to this podcast!)

SYWTBAW podcast is great accompaniment for my journey as a novice writer and it’s frequently got me out of a creative ruts, or back in focus and has even “talked me back from the ledge” when I was re-reading a manuscript.

Thanks to my dealers, Val and Al, for my weekly hit, I’m very happy with this positive addiction that I have.

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