100 episodes

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
    • 4.6 • 144 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.

    Robert Watkins on what it takes to be a publisher

    Robert Watkins on what it takes to be a publisher

    Robert Watkins is the Publishing Director of Ultimo Press. He has over 20 years experience in the Australian book industry having worked in book retail, sales, marketing, publicity, publishing and more recently as Head of Literary at Hachette Australia.

    Robert’s love for a good story well told has led to publishing some of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary authors, including Maxine Beneba Clarke, Claire G. Coleman, Sarah Schmidt and Michael Mohammed Ahmad. He is an advocate for progressive and inclusive publishing that speaks to contemporary issues, whether that be in narrative non-fiction or literary and reading group fiction.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Instagram, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    Dervla McTiernan on crime fiction and people who look down on genre

    Dervla McTiernan on crime fiction and people who look down on genre

    Dervla McTiernan is a wildly successful crime writer. Her debut novel, The Ruin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback. The second and third installments in the series, The Scholar andThe Good Turn, garnered similar praise. In 2022 she released her first stand alone crime novel, The Murder Rule.

    Born in County Cork, Ireland, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. After the GFC she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now writes full time.

    Dervla first appeared on The Garret in 2020, and you can listen to that interview here.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Instagram, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    Rick Morton on editing anthologies and switching to fiction

    Rick Morton on editing anthologies and switching to fiction

    Rick Morton is a senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, a regular guest on ABC’s The Drum and an award-winning author of three non-fiction books: 100 Years of Dirt, On Money and My Year of Living Vulnerably. In 2022 he edited the anthology Growing Up in Country Australia.

    He has appeared on The Garret before, and you can listen to that interview from 2021 here.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Instagram, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Neela Janakiramanan on writing what really happens to our doctors

    Neela Janakiramanan on writing what really happens to our doctors

    Dr Neela Janakiramanan is a reconstructive plastic surgeon and advocate, and with the 2022  publication of The Registrar she adds novelist to her list of achievements.

    Neela was also one of the medical leads in the Kids off Nauru campaign and in bringing together the Australian medical community and operationalising the Australian Medevac legislation to facilitate medical care for refugees in offshore detention. 

    Neela is a regular contributor to Women's Agenda, and has also written for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald andThe Saturday Paper, and often appears on ABC's The Drum.

    You may also be interested in our recent interview with literary agent Melanie Ostell, who is mentioned in this interview.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Instagram, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Claire Coleman on literary speculative fiction (yes, it is a thing)

    Claire Coleman on literary speculative fiction (yes, it is a thing)

    Claire Coleman is a Noongar writer, born in Western Australia and now based in Naarm. Her family have been from the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun on the south coast of WA since before time started being recorded.

    She has written three works of speculative fiction to date - Terra Nullius: A Novel (2017), which was shortlisted for The Stella Prize, among many other awards, The Old Lie (2019) and Enclave (2022).  Her acclaimed non-fiction book, Lies Damned Lies: A personal exploration of the impact of colonisation was published in 2021.

    Claire has appeared on The Garret before. You can find a detailed discussion of Terra Nullius here, as well as a discussion recorded live at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in 2019 here.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Instagram, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Phillipa McGuinness writes about skin, power and beauty

    Phillipa McGuinness writes about skin, power and beauty

    Phillipa McGuinness is a former book publisher turned author. She is the author of The Year Everything Changed: 2001, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and also Skin Deep: The inside story of our outer selves.

    Phillipa has appeared on The Garret before, and you can listen to that interview here.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Instagram, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 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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