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Love writing? Looking to improve your writing? Or do you just love listening to writers talk about their craft? If yes, The Garret: Writers on Writing is for you.

The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do.

The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University.

A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen).

The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards. 

The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.

The Garret: Writers on writing Bad Producer Productions

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 140 Ratings

Love writing? Looking to improve your writing? Or do you just love listening to writers talk about their craft? If yes, The Garret: Writers on Writing is for you.

The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do.

The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University.

A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen).

The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards. 

The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.

    At home with Omar Musa

    At home with Omar Musa

    Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, poet and woodcutter. His latest work is the one-of-a-kind Killernova.

    He has also released three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), four hip-hop records, written an acclaimed one-man play (Since Ali Died), and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.

    His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin Award. Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

    You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    Reading Audit 2021

    Reading Audit 2021

    We have a bit of a different episode for you today. There are no writers or guests, just our host Astrid Edwards doing a reading audit of what she has read so far this year.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

    You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 3 min
    At home with Jennifer Down

    At home with Jennifer Down

    Jennifer Down is a highly awarded writer, named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year consecutively in 2017 and 2018. Her third long form work is 2021's Bodies of Light.

    Our Magic Hour, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her second book, Pulse Points, was the winner of the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the 2018 Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection in the Queensland Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for a 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. 

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

    You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    At home with Emily Bitto

    At home with Emily Bitto

    Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, 'The Strays', was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, and in 2021 she released her second novel, 'Wild Abandon'.

    Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in various publications, including Meanjin, The Age, the Monthly, the Saturday Paper, The Big Issue, and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also the co-owner of Carlton wine bar Heartattack and Vine.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

    You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    At home with Andy Jackson

    At home with Andy Jackson

    Andy Jackson is a poet of compassion and intellect. His 2021 collection, 'Human Looking', explores the voices of the disabled and ill with tenderness and love.

    Andy's first collection, 'Among the Regulars', was shortlisted for the 2011 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, and his 2020 collection 'Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold' was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Award.

    Andy has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia, and has co-edited disability-themed issues of the literary journals Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal. He works as a creative writing teacher and tutor for community organisations and universities.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

    You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    At home with Charlotte Wood

    At home with Charlotte Wood

    Charlotte Wood is the award-winning and acclaimed author of six novels, a collection of interviews and a book about cooking. She has won the Stella Prize, the Prime Minister's Literary Award, the Indie Book of the Year, and most recently the ABIA for Literary Fiction.

    This interview explores her 2021 work of non-fiction, The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life. Charlotte has appeared on The Garret before, once exploring her most famous work, The Natural Way of Things, and again discussing her novel, The Weekend.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The interview was recorded by Zoom, and we can't wait to start recording in person again soon.

    You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

Katie-lou77 ,

Mental stimulation plus

Love this podcast for great insights into authors and what makes them tick! Highly recommended and very informative and interesting

Kareena Jane ,

Wouldn’t miss it

Watching Q&A tonight, I was so impressed by Astrid Edwards & then realised she is the same Astrid who brings out the best in the writers she interviews on The Garret. A wonderful listen for anyone who cares about books & ideas.

Mere Mortals Podcast ,

No Shortage of Conversation

Wow not only can writers write but they really seem to love to talk as well. Astrid does a great job of interviewing writers from all sorts of genres and getting their personal take on how they approach their craft. Great podcast!

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