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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
 
A podcast about the first time you...publish a book. One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. And Kate makes Katherine spill the beans on all her feels in the lead up to the September launch of Katherine’s debut novel, The Helpline. The First Time podcast is ...
 
The Sydney Writers' Centre podcast on writers and writing features interviews with best-selling and acclaimed writers in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, fantasy, children's books, non-fiction, business and much more. Founder of the Sydney Writers' Centre, Valerie Khoo, interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au
 
The Aussie Writers Literary Podcast serves up interviews with writers, readers, publishers, librarians, bookshop owners, and other professionals in the Australian writing landscape. Our listeners are writers and readers who are interested in high-quality books by Australian authors. We are extra keen to promote newly emerging Australian writing talent, along with well-known, established Australian authors. Aussie Writers is a not-for-profit service for writers to share their writing with the ...
 
Next Wave’s BREAKFAST CLUB is your early morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight and for the first time ever it’s available as a Podcast series! We’ll be tackling big issues from new perspectives. Feminism, family, the shifting media landscape and imaginary worlds – explored through a series of provocations from Australian artists, writers and creative thinkers.
 
Creative Conversations is brought to you by the China Australia Writing Centre, a partnership between Fudan University, Shanghai, and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. CAWC is a research and creative partnership that focuses on Australian writing in China, and Chinese writing in Australia. Creative Conversations features writers, academics and artists discussing writing across cultures. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and the development of cross-cultural understa ...
 
Welcome to Murder and Mayhem – the podcast where we explore the dark and mysterious side of writing. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's also a world often filled with flawed heroes and likeable villains. But above all, it’s a place where we explore the authors who tell these very s ...
 
The moon has held a special place in cultures across the globe. An object of mystical wonder and focus of scientific inquiry, the moon is an enduring subject for artists, poets and writers. To land on the moon represented not only a remarkable technological achievement, but one that created in human history a shared moment of optimism. An achievement for human ambition and scientific discovery, born out of the geopolitical competition between nations. The ANU College of Arts and Social Scien ...
 
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Meet Richard Fidler, broadcaster and author of 'The Golden Maze: A Biography of Prague'. Congratulations to AWC alumnae Felicity McVay and Brooke Grahams for publishing their debut picture books. Plus, shout out to AWC alumna Petronella McGovern for being on the 2020 Ned Kelly Crime Awards shortlist with her thriller 'Six Minutes'. Plus, we have 3 …
 
This episode is a collaboration with Darebin's FUSE festival. Our guest is award-winning writer, stand-up comedian and actor Kate McLennan. Yes, that Kate McLennan!! Her work includes The Katering Show and Get Krack!n... For information on this five-part FUSE series and the FUSE festival (so much great stuff and it's all online this year!) check ou…
 
This episode marks one week since #TheMotherFault's come into the world. The hosts discuss what Kate's been doing and re-live the launch, which was moving, entertaining and given we're in lockdown, online! Agony Aunt Charlotte Wood answers a question from 'Dispirited' about the quiet novel... Then Katherine chats to Brisbane author Laura Elvery abo…
 
In this episode, Professor Frances Fox Piven talks about this unique moment in United States history in which there is an extensive social movement against fascism. While brought to life by a revulsion and anger at police brutality against African American people, it also carries a host of grievances related to the strength of neoliberalism in the …
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with agent and author Danielle Binks and author and bookseller Fiona Hardy. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Art…
 
Learn how to edit your own manuscript and meet Fiona Palmer, author of 'Tiny White Lies'. In a shocking plot twist, Allison shares her Word of the Week. Discover when to tune into a special Facebook live Creative Conversations with Allison Tait. Plus we have 3 copies of 'The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery' by A.L. Tait to give away. Read the sh…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with Ashley Kalagian Blunt and Sheila Ngoc Pham. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
Discover what you need to know about writing across age groups. Meet Nick Place, co-author of 'Stalin's Wine Cellar'. It's launch day for A.L. Tait's eagerly anticipated book 'The Fire Star'. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Good Teacher' by Petronella McGovern (AWC alumna) to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
In this episode we dive into a discussion with Rob Nixon on climate change denialism, the difficulty of understanding and drawing attention to “slow violence,” and in particular, the power of social media and using story and image to to translate scientific knowledge into powerful currents that catalyze social sentiment and action. As Rob discusses…
 
In this episode: - Kate and Katherine discuss the art of the interview - Agony Aunt Charlotte Wood answers a question on self belief - We feature Brisbane author Cass Moriarty Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us an…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with authors Rachel Mead and Katherine Tamiko Arguile. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
In this episode, we talk with Eric Holthaus about his outlook for the future with climate change. Although our circumstances are certainly dire and much damage has already been done, Eric maintains hope that with collective and focussed radical action to overcome our systemic problems, we can move forward and enact transformative change to stop tem…
 
Discover how to write during a pandemic. Meet Mikey Robins, author of 'Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour'. Want to win a Zoom call with A.L. Tait? Plus we have 3 copies of 'The Thursday Murder Club' by Richard Osman to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visi…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with authors Mark Smith and Jock Serong. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
You'll meet Adrian Beck, author of the 'Derek Dool Supercool' series. AWC presenter Candice Fox's book turns into a movie. And AWC grad Brooke Graham's picture book 'Go Away, Worry Monster!' to be published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Girl in the Mirror' by Rose Carlyle to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
In this, the 100th episode of the Sustainability Agenda, we speak to Dr Anne Poelina an indigenous Australian academic and human and earth rights activist. Dr Poelina explains her role as a “Yimardoowarra marnin,” which, translated from the Nyikina language, means “a woman who belongs to the Martuwarra River,” in Western Australia. Dr Poelina discu…
 
This episode Kate and Katherine are feeling slightly more positive about life and lockdown. Maybe it's because winning author and creative powerhouse Charlotte Wood is their new new agony aunt. This week's question is from 'Little Fish' and is about what to expect from your agent. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttim…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with authors Jack Heath and Sam McGregor. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
You'll meet Jeff Apter, author of 'Friday On My Mind'. Discover why you need to remember that your genius comes naturally to you. Download Valerie's free printable. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Enid' by Robert Wainwright to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCen…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with Justine Sless and Noe Harsel. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
In this episode we meet with Dr. Rebecca Henderson to discuss her ideas on how to reimagine capitalism, ideas at the heart of the new book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World in Fire. This is a wide-ranging spirited discussion, assessing the state of the corporation today, identifying key shortcomings–oligopolies, excessive pay, power, share buyback…
 
Meet Mary Norris, author of 'Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen'. You'll discover powerful tips on how to finish writing your book. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Across the Water' by AWC alumna Ingrid Alexandra to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre…
 
We indulge ourselves with a whinge about lockdown life in Melbourne, but endeavour to leave you on a high with some excellent news! Then Kate speaks with award winning writer Zana Fraillon in a blissful face to face discussion (for the brief moment that was allowed!). They discuss feeling like you've 'fluked it', writing what burns and the creative…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends #16 is with Bronwyn Birdsall and Sheree Strange. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
Meet Katherine Firkin, author of 'Sticks and Stones'. Discover what you need in an author newsletter template. Impress (or baffle) your friends by casually dropping the word 'autarky' into a conversation. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Utopia Avenue' by David Mitchell to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the …
 
In today’s episode we talk with Rutger Bregman about the ideas underlying his thought-provoking new book, Humankind. Rutger Bregman is a historian and author. He has published five books on history, philosophy, and economics. His books Humankind (2020) and Utopia for Realists (2017) were both New York Times Bestsellers and have been translated in m…
 
This is a special episode brought to you in collaboration with the Apollo Bay Word Fest for their Warm Winter Words event. This interview with Michael Veitch is the final of three linked interviews, after conversations with Lucy Treloar and Michael Veitch. In this conversation, Kate and Michael talk tales of the high seas, interviewing wisdom, life…
 
This is a special episode brought to you in collaboration with the Apollo Bay Word Fest for their Warm Winter Words event. This interview with Lucy Treloar is the second of three linked interviews, the first with Tony Birch and the final with Michael Veitch. In this conversation, Kate and Lucy discuss the inspiration in watery places, writing the p…
 
This is a special episode brought to you in collaboration with the Apollo Bay Word Fest for their Warm Winter Words event. This interview with Tony Birch is the first of three linked interviews, followed by conversations with Lucy Treloar and Michael Veitch. In this conversation, Kate and Tony discuss storytelling, the power of place, powerful Abor…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with Lauren Draper and Susan White. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
Meet Sandy Barker, author of 'That Night in Paris' and 'A Sunset in Sydney'. Discover the steps you need to take to build your author platform. Learn how to use Pinterest for book marketing inspiration. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Sandpit' by Nicholas Shakespeare to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in th…
 
Ah, Melbourne, here we are again. We lament the lockdown but get peppy on how we are going to do it better second time around. Then Kate swoons over the opportunity to speak to OzLit royalty and one of her own literary idols, Kate Grenville. They discuss early rejection, the generosity of other writers, THAT discussion of historical fiction and her…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with McKinley Valentine and Angus Hervey. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
In this episode, we meet for the second time with Jeremy Lent and discuss the present time with COVID-19. Jeremy identifies how this disruption in our normal lives is a critical time to recognize and begin implementing solutions for some of the deep structural problems exposed. Jeremy builds on the ideas discussed in his first appearance on The Sus…
 
Do you want to be a children's author? Meet literary agent Annabel Barker and discover what you need to do to get published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Silk House' by Kayte Nunn to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Valeri…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with Gabriel Bergmoser and Damian Robb. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. The Conversations with Friends series is supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.…
 
You'll meet Gus Gordon, author and illustrator of 'Finding Francois'. Discover who is a plotter and who is a pantser. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Jane Austen Society' by Natalie Jenner to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | …
 
We can't believe we haven't devoted an entire chat to our experiences of motherhood and writing yet. But a listener emailed with a question about how to get writing done while in the motherhood trenches and so we couldn't hold off any longer. Fittingly, our conversation in this episode is with debut author, Anna Downes, who speaks frankly about her…
 
Geoff is Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy, Simon Fraser University in Canada- his teaching and research concern the politics and political economy of capitalism. Geoff the author of several books most recently Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future, written with Joel Wainright, a explores the challenges glo…
 
Meet Chris Flynn, author of 'Mammoth'. Plus 21 ways to promote your book, and how to deal with your inner critic. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with Alice Robinson and Meg Mundell. We know you'll understand that this episode has a different quality of audio than you are used to from us. Eventually we'll get back to studio sound, but until then forgive us the odd crackle! Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodca…
 
Meet E Lockhart, author of 'Again Again'. Discover how to build good writing habits in your teen. Watch 'Creative Conversations' with literary agent Annabel Barker. Learn tips for writing non-fiction for kids. And we have 3 copies of 'To the Lions' by Holly Watt to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the po…
 
It's a podcast, where we talk about other podcasts! So many great listening recommendations this episode. Then Katherine talks to author Laura McPhee-Browne on short form fiction, covers and how the right bio can make a big difference. We know you'll understand that this episode has a different quality of audio than you are used to from us. Eventua…
 
This episode of Conversations with Friends is with RWR McDonald and Katherine Kovacic. We know you'll understand that this episode has a different quality of audio than you are used to from us. Eventually we'll get back to studio sound, but until then forgive us the odd crackle! Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimep…
 
In this episode, we meet with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who focuses on projecting and communicating tangible, local effects of climate change to increase people’s willingness to act now. Dealing with time lags, is one of our biggest challenges as humans; if we can’t see the impacts of our actions today, we’re unwilling to act. …
 
Meet Imbi Neeme, author of 'The Spill'. Discover what to ask publishers before you sign a contract. Learn about the new world of UX/UI writing. And we have 3 copies of the award-winning book 'The Botanical Kitchen' by Elly McCausland to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook V…
 
This episode we listen in on a real life writers group: Emily Gale, Nina Kenwood and Bronte Coates. We know you'll understand that this episode has a different quality of audio than you are used to from us. Eventually we'll get back to studio sound, but until then forgive us the odd crackle! Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.…
 
In today’s episode, we discuss Earth System science and tipping points with Will Steffen. We often hear about tipping points in relation to climate change–the dangers of arctic ice melt, sea level rise and the 2-2.5 degrees C temperature threshold beyond which things become catastrophic. What we don’t always realize is the complexity of system dyna…
 
We chat to Katherine Kovacic, author of 'The Shifting Landscape'. Learn how to increase your opportunities for freelance revenue. Join Amie Kaufman and Allison Tait at the Your Kid's Next Read Author Talk. Plus, we have 3 copies of a mesmerising and unsettling thriller by Elizabeth Kay called 'Seven Lies' to give away. Read the show notes Connect w…
 
We share some of the listening, reading and donating we've been doing to support the #blacklivesmatter movement, focussing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and activists. Then Kate talks to writer and literary critic Chris Flynn about creativity, criticism and why Liz Gilbert endorsed his new book, Mammoth. We know you'll understand…
 
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