100 episodes

The Garret is a podcast for lovers of books and storytelling.

Always about Australian writers and their craft, in 2023 The Garret expanded focus and also interviews industry figures about what gets published (and why).

The Garret is educational in outlook. 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 is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram or Twitter.

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards at astridedwards.com.

The Garret: Writing & Publishing Bad Producer Productions

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 149 Ratings

The Garret is a podcast for lovers of books and storytelling.

Always about Australian writers and their craft, in 2023 The Garret expanded focus and also interviews industry figures about what gets published (and why).

The Garret is educational in outlook. 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 is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram or Twitter.

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards at astridedwards.com.

    Alexis Wright on writing Praiseworthy

    Alexis Wright on writing Praiseworthy

    Waanyi writer Alexis Wright is the only author to win the Stella Prize twice - the first time for Tracker and the second time for Praiseworthy. 

    Alexis is also the author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, as well as Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; and Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory.

    Alexis was previously the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne, and she is the inaugural winner of the Creative Australia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

    This interview was recorded live for Vision Australia in March 2024, after Praiseworthy was longlisted for The Stella Prize.  

    About The Garret

    Follow The Garret: Writing and Publishing and our host Astrid Edwards on Instagram.

    Explore our back catalogue (and transcripts) at thegarretpodcast.com.
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    • 41 min
    Sam Elkin on his queer legal saga

    Sam Elkin on his queer legal saga

    Sam Elkin's debut memoir is Detachable Penis: A Queer Legal Saga.

    Sam’s essays have been published in the Griffith Review, Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books and Kill Your Darlings.

    He co-edited Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia .

    He hosts the 3rrr radio show Queer View Mirror and is a Tilde Film Festival board member. 

    About The Garret

    Follow The Garret: Writing and Publishing and our host Astrid Edwards on Instagram.

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    • 24 min
    Laurie Steed on writing the short story form

    Laurie Steed on writing the short story form

    Laurie Steed is a novelist and short story writer. Greater City Shadows, his short story collection, was shortlisted for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. He also published a memoir, Love Dad: Confessions of an Anxious Father, in 2023.

    His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in The Age, Meanjin, Overland, Island, Westerly, and elsewhere.

    About The Garret

    Follow The Garret: Writing and Publishing and our host Astrid Edwards on Instagram.

    Explore our back catalogue (and transcripts) at thegarretpodcast.com.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    Kate Larsen on why the relationship is the project

    Kate Larsen on why the relationship is the project

    Kate Larsen is a writer, poet and arts and cultural consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in the non-profit, government and cultural sectors in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. She is one of the contributors behind The Relationship Is the Project.

    Kate is a thought leader in the areas of arts governance and cultural leadership, workplace culture and wellbeing, online communication and communities, and being an ally for inclusion and community leadership of underrepresented groups.

    Kate has appeared on The Garret before, speaking about her poetry collection Public. Open. Spaces. and the crisis of arts funding in Australia. You can listen to that interview here.

    About The Garret

    Follow The Garret: Writing and Publishing and our host Astrid Edwards on Instagram.

    Explore our back catalogue (and transcripts) at thegarretpodcast.com.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    James Bradley on the colonisation of the oceans

    James Bradley on the colonisation of the oceans

    James Bradley is a writer and critic. He has returned to non-fiction with his latest work, Deep Water: The world in the ocean. His previous books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist, Clade and Ghost Species, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. 

    His essays and articles have appeared in The Monthly, The Guardian, Sydney Review of Books, Griffith Review and Meanjin. In 2012 he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year, and he has been shortlisted twice for the Bragg Prize for Science Writing and nominated for a Walkley Award. 

    James has previously appeared on The Garret discussing his works of climate fiction.

    About The Garret

    Follow The Garret: Writing and Publishing and our host Astrid Edwards on Instagram.

    Explore our back catalogue (and transcripts) at thegarretpodcast.com.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Amanda Lohrey on investigating meaning via fiction

    Amanda Lohrey on investigating meaning via fiction

    Amanda Lohrey writes fiction and non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Conversion, was released in 2023. Her previous novel, The Labyrinth (2021), won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, a Prime Minister’s Literary Award, a Tasmanian Literary Award and the Voss Literary Prize.

    Amanda is also regular contributor to the Monthly magazine and a former senior fellow of the Australia Council’s Literature Board. 

    About The Garret

    Follow The Garret: Writing and Publishing and our host Astrid Edwards on Instagram.

    Explore our back catalogue (and transcripts) at thegarretpodcast.com.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 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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