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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.

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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.

    At home with Bruce Pascoe

    At home with Bruce Pascoe

    Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunarong and Tasmanian writer, has turned his craft to picture books. Found, illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, is the story of a lost calf finding his family. It is also an allegory for the Stolen Generations.

    In this interview, Bruce introduces the stunning illustrator Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, explores the real life impetus behind Found, reflects on Dark Emu and looks forward to his forthcoming novel, Imperial Harvest.

    Note, this interview was recorded via Zoom and in parts you can hear Bruce's dog in the room with him.

    You can read Astrid's previous interview with Bruce Pascoe about Imperial Harvest here.

    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.

    • 24 min
    Claire G. Coleman: On 'Terra Nullius: A Novel'

    Claire G. Coleman: On 'Terra Nullius: A Novel'

    Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral Country is in South Coast Western Australia. This interview is an exploration of her debut novel and speculative fiction masterpiece, Terra Nullius: A Novel.

    Claire wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning manuscript Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan. The novel went on to win the Norma K Hemming Award, and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize and Best Sci-Fi Novel in the Aurealis Awards. The work was also Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

    Claire and Astrid have previously spoken about speculative fiction, and you can listen to their panel (including Krissy Kneen, Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Michelle Tanmizi)) recorded at the Ubud Writers and Readers festival in 2019 here.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. 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.

    • 46 min
    A.J. Betts: On 'Zac and Mia'

    A.J. Betts: On 'Zac and Mia'

    A. J. Betts' novel Zac and Mia won the 2012 Text Prize and the 2014 Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adults at the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Not only is the novel published in 14 countries, it was adapted for American television and will soon be available globally.

    Her other novels include Hive, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and 2019 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, and its sequel Rogue. And believe it or not, she has a PhD on the topic of wonder in life and in reading.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. 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.

    • 41 min
    Rerelease: Tara June Winch on 'The Yield'

    Rerelease: Tara June Winch on 'The Yield'

    Tara June Winch was awarded the Miles Franklin Literary award today for The Yield. In honour of that historic win, we are revisiting our interview with Tara on her masterpiece.

    Tara is a Wiradjuri writer based in France. Her first novel, Swallow the Air, was critically acclaimed and saw Tara named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her second book, the collection After the Carnage, was longlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for fiction, shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Christina Stead prize for Fiction and the Queensland Literary Award for a collection. Her third novel, The Yield, was released in 2019 and is simply stunning.

    Tara's Indigenous dance documentary, Carriberrie, screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Tara was previously mentored by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

    About The Garret

    You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com.

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

    • 36 min
    Jane Harrison: On 'Becoming Kirrali Lewis'

    Jane Harrison: On 'Becoming Kirrali Lewis'

    Jane Harrison, a descendant of the Muruwari people of NSW, is a playwright, novelist, and the Festival Director of Blak & Bright, the First Nations Literary Festival based in Melbourne.

    Her novel Becoming Kirrali Lewis won the 2014 Black&Write! Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minster’s Literary Awards and the Victorian Premier’s Awards.

    In terms of her works for the stage, Stolen, her first play, was the co-winner of the Kate Challis RAKA Award and has been performed throughout Australia as well as the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan. She has also written The Visitors, Rainbow’s End, On A Park Bench and Blakvelvet.

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. 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.

    • 34 min
    Michael Mohammed Ahmad: On 'After Australia'

    Michael Mohammed Ahmad: On 'After Australia'

    Michael Mohammed Ahmad is both a writer and editor. He received the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist Award for his debut novel The Tribe, and the sequel, The Lebs, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

    In 2020 he is the editor behind After Australia, a collection of short stories about Australia's potential futures, and it is this work that the interview focuses on. The anthology includes works from Ambelin Kwaymullina, Claire G. Coleman, Omar Sakr, Future D. Fidel, Karen Wyld, Khalid Warsame, Kaya Ortiz, Roanna Gonsalves, Sarah Ross, Zoya Patel, Michelle Law and Hannah Donnelly.

    Mohammed is also the founder and director of Sweatshop Literary Movement in Western Sydney. 

    About The Garret

    Read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com soon. 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.

    • 47 min

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113 Ratings

113 Ratings

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Love it

Great interviews with interesting people. Not just for writers or fans, but for anyone who likes to read.

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A great source of inspiration :-)

I love the Garrett - it's a great way to gain access to the thoughts and philosophies of some of Australia's most incredible writers. As a writer-in-training, I love being able to connect so intimately with a huge range of sucessful artists, and I feel like I'm more up to date on what's going on in Australian publishing.

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Really enjoying the high caliber of discussion and the interview style.

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