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Thursday 28 May 2020

Short Stories

Kate Rotherham in conversation with Lucy Treloar about the art of short story writing, what they love and what tips they have for aspiring writers.

– 47mins 53secs


Friday 13 September 2019

Inclusion Zone

Ben Doherty, Alice Pung, Arnold Zable and Amal Awad discuss racism, identity and belonging in Australia; the need to move beyond tokenism in our embrace of our diversity; and what it means to be a good human.

– 1hr 12mins 2secs
Sunday 15 September 2019

The Thrill Of Crime

Andy Muir, Christian White and Richard Anderson talk to Marg Hickey about their latest novels while discussing our insatiable fascination with the crime-thriller genre.

– 56mins 35secs
Friday 13 September 2019

Inside Publishing

Get an insider’s look into the world of book publishing with Elissa Baillie of Simon & Schuster, Coco McGrath from Affirm Press and Jacqueline Kent, author of A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a Literary Life. Chaired by Jane McCredie. Event sponsored by Writing NSW.

– 1hr 26mins 33secs
Sunday 15 September 2019

The Fragments

Jason Steger chats with Toni Jordan about her novel The Fragments, set in 1930s New York and 1980s Brisbane.

– 1hr 1mins 14secs


Thursday 6 September 2018

Languages Of Immortality

Wiradjuri language experts and advocates Ruth Davys, Dr Pettina Love, Geoff Anderson and Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann speak with Sally Warhaft about the significance of language preservation and the impact of language decline on identity and shared cultural knowledge. Presented by the Murray Art Museum Albury.

– 1hr 9mins 43secs
Sunday 9 September 2018

Finding Words

An insightful, revelatory and inspiring exploration of home, childhood, parents, loss and life with Jessie Cole and Caroline Baum in discussion with Ailsa Piper.

– 1hr 15mins 35secs
Friday 7 September 2018

Stranger Than Fiction

Senior journalists Tony Wright and Chris Hammer tease at the threads between fact and fiction as they discuss Chris’s first novel Scrublands.

– 58mins 34secs
Saturday 8 September 2018


Chris Hammer, Mark Brandi and Mark Smith talk to Margaret Hickey about the importance of landscape and place in rendering their characters, driving the narratives and pulling the reader into their stories.

– 1hr 12mins 18secs
Saturday 8 September 2018

Self In The Story

To what degree is the author present in their fiction or the biographer present in stories of others? Is the self as revealed in memoir any truer than the self that emerges in other genres? Jessie Cole and Robert Hillman get introspective with Caroline Baum about the ways they appear in their writing.

– 1hr 14mins 13secs
Sunday 9 September 2018

The Bookshop Of The Broken Hearted

Jason Steger talks to Robert Hillman about his exquisite and moving book The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted.

– 1hr 13mins 23secs


Saturday 16 September 2017

Everyday Violence

Jason Steger talks to Emily Maguire, Michael Sala and Nicole Hayes about the prevalence of violence in everyday life as depicted in their novels, and the importance of language in shifting narratives and assumptions.

– 1hr 14mins 42secs
Thursday 14 September 2017

Black Seeds

Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch discuss the recovery and regeneration of Indigenous knowledges and the necessity for Aboriginal beliefs and practices to be valued and reflected in our modern age.

– 1hr 2mins 23secs
Wednesday 13 September 2017

Breaking The Mould

ABC Radio's Gaye Pattison talks to Angela Pippos about her new book, Breaking The Mould – Taking A Hammer To Sexism In Sport.

– 1hr 7mins 23secs

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