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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 ...
 
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Kate and Katherine talk about what they've been doing, which is not a lot. Kate is considering egging someone and needs a personal assistant. Katherine is reading a lot of Maeve Binchy and... No, that's it. Just a LOT of Maeve. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttim…
 
Meet Max Barry, author of 'The 22 Murders of Madison May'. 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/listener for privacy information.By Australian Writers' Centre
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Dying Diplomats Club' by Matthew Benns. Australian listeners will know Matthew as a journalist who is currently editor-at-large with The Daily Telegraph. He has published several non-fiction books, but this is his first foray into fiction - and it is a wild ride! As you’ll…
 
Kate speaks to Melbourne crime writer Iain Ryan, author of The Spiral. They discuss the rules of crime fiction, writing to the point of shame, self publishing vs traditional publishing and the Taylor Swift Theory. There is a some explicit content at the 20 minute mark, so maybe keep those earpods in! Kate also laughs. A lot. Check out show notes fo…
 
In this 'inbetweenisode', Valerie Khoo sits down with Sam Buckerfield, who has co-written a book called Generation Alpha. Now what’s interesting is that this is a nonfiction book - but Sam’s passion has always been in fiction. But as you’ll hear, Sam was able to use his fiction skills to create a compelling and very readable narrative out of 20 yea…
 
We take a deep dive into the conventions and tropes in 'charming crime fiction' with Pamela Hart, author of 'Digging Up Dirt'. Winner of flash fiction story stuns husband into silence. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Book Club: A Journal' to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook V…
 
Kate speaks to best-selling children's author and now non-fiction writer, Ailsa Wild. They discuss Wild's latest project - a story of nursing and caring during the Covid pandemic, along with how she creates her best-selling kid's books, and her top tips for school visits. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Thursdays at Orange Blossom House' by Sophie Green. This is another delightful novel about friendship from the bestselling author of 'The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle' and 'The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club'. Once again, Sophie has created wonderful c…
 
Meet Jacqueline Maley, author of 'The Truth About Her'. Impress your friends and family with the word 'otiose'. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The 22 Murders of Madison May' by Max Barry 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 | Valer…
 
It's Kate's birthday! She's a hundred years old! Okay, she's forty. Katherine has specific questions and Kate admits she loves the word 'skitterish'. She also wants to be reincarnated as a coastal cushion bush... Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instag…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Others' by Mark Brandi. This is the latest novel from the bestselling Australian author of 'Wimmera' and 'The Rip'. Once again, Mark has crafted an evocative story with a tense underlying thread of fear. Before he reads from his novel, Mark answers some questions about his…
 
Meet Cristy Burne, co-author of 'Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows'. Discover what's happening at the Shoalhaven Readers and Writers Festival and learn about the Australia Book Design Awards. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Instructions for Dancing' by Nicola Yoon to giveaway. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the…
 
Katherine speaks to best-selling, multi-award winning writer Sarah Krasnostein. They discuss the ethics of writing about other people, how awkward it can be and ghosts. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod). Don't forget you can…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Widow's Island' by L.A. Larkin. This is the latest from bestselling author and queen of suspense. Louisa is also a presenter at the Australian Writers' Centre, and we're so thrilled she has another thriller for us to devour. Once again, Louisa has crafted a nail-biting tale, t…
 
This special episode is brought to you in collaboration with Yarra Valley Writers Festival for the series I Didn't Plan it This Way: Conversations about misguided moments, failed ideas and books that stayed in the bottom draw. In this conversation, Kate Mildenhall talks with author Jessie Tu about musical failures, high expectations, review culture…
 
This special episode is brought to you in collaboration with Yarra Valley Writers Festival for the series I Didn't Plan it This Way: Conversations about misguided moments, failed ideas and books that stayed in the bottom draw. In this conversation, Kate Mildenhall talks with writer and actor Michael Veitch (HELLSHIP) about failed interviews, horror…
 
This special episode is brought to you in collaboration with Yarra Valley Writers Festival for the series I Didn't Plan it This Way: Conversations about misguided moments, failed ideas and books that stayed in the bottom draw. In this conversation, Kate Mildenhall talks with journalist and writer Rick Morton (MY YEAR OF LIVING VULNERABLY) about fai…
 
This special episode is brought to you in collaboration with Yarra Valley Writers Festival for the series I Didn't Plan it This Way: Conversations about misguided moments, failed ideas and books that stayed in the bottom draw. In this conversation, Kate Mildenhall talks with author Sally Hepworth (THE GOOD SISTER) about saying no, reading one star …
 
This special episode is brought to you in collaboration with Yarra Valley Writers Festival for the series I Didn't Plan it This Way: Conversations about misguided moments, failed ideas and books that stayed in the bottom draw. In this conversation, Kate Mildenhall talks with author Meg Mason about how her latest novel SORROW AND BLISS went from bro…
 
You'll meet Will Dean, author of 'The Last Thing To Burn'. We have a recap of the Capricorn Coast Writers' Festival to share with you. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Rum: A Distilled History of Colonial Australia' by Matt Murphy to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Wr…
 
When deaf poet, author and essayist Fiona Murphy gets in touch, Kate and Katherine re-think a rant they had previously. Check out show notes for this episode on at www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support the making of Season Four via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Can't Say It Went to Plan' by Gabrielle Tozer. This is the latest young adult novel from the fabulous Gabrielle Tozer, author of 'The Intern', 'Faking It' and 'Remind Me How This Ends'. This time, Gabrielle is taking on schoolies - that infamous break at the end of high school…
 
You'll meet Sally Thorne, author of 'Second First Impressions'. Discover how to run an online writers' workshopping group. Plus, we have a cosy winter reading pack of 5 books 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 | ValerieKhoo.c…
 
Kate speaks with literary translator Stephanie Smee in a fascinating conversation about wordplay, reading in translation, and Smee's latest work ON THE LINE: NOTES FROM A FACTORY by Joseph Ponthus. 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…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Had It Coming' by B.M. Carroll. This is another exciting thriller from the pen of B. M. Carroll, who also writes as Ber Carroll. It’s a tense psychological drama that will hook you in right from the dramatic opening scene until the final pages. Before she reads her first c…
 
You'll meet Irma Gold, author of 'The Breaking'. Discover a new documentary about indie bookstores. Plus, we have 3 copies of the picture book 'Hello Baby!' by AWC alumna Shelly Unwin 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 | Vale…
 
This episode Kate and Katherine DO NOT talk about lockdown. Check out show notes for this episode on at www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support the making of Season Four via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks for joining us!…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Inside Man' by James Phelps. You’ll know James Phelps better as a journalist and true crime writer - but this is his first fiction novel. And as you can expect from Australia’s number one true crime crime writer, it’s an absolute cracker. Before he reads from his novel, Ja…
 
Meet Lynette Noni, author of 'The Prison Healer'. Check out some indie author success stories. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Reading like an Australian writer' edited by Belinda Castles 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 | Valer…
 
Katherine speaks with The Second Son author Loraine Peck. They discuss excellent bios, writing crime, magic and vision boards. 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 and the making of Season Four via our Patreon page …
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Before You Knew My Name' by Jacqueline Bublitz. Jacqueline has written an astonishing debut with an intriguing and original concept. This is not your usual murder myster or dead girl novel. It’s very powerful and readers have already been raving about how engrossing it is. It’…
 
Meet A.G. Slatter (Angela Slatter), author of 'All the Murmuring Bones'. You'll discover top tips on how to become a best-selling author and learn what's coming up for A.L. Tait. Plus, there are 10x double passes to LAPSIS to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Writer…
 
This episode Kate and Katherine go deep on a festival post mortem after Kate wearily returns from a whirlwind book trip to WA. Highlights, dolphins, fashion tips, name dropping and a story that makes Katherine lose it. This week has it al. Check out show notes for this episode on at www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagr…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Grace Under Pressure' by Tori Haschka. This is a hilarious and honest book about motherhood and parenting in the age of social media and constant scrutiny and the pressure to ‘do it all’. Tori is better known as a food writer and she has written several cookbooks, and this is …
 
This episode Kate talks to political journalist, foreign correspondent and author Michael Brissenden. They discuss journalism, good story telling and--one of our faves--rejection. 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 u…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Tipping' by Anna George. This is a funny, relevant and thought-provoking book. This is a bit of a departure from Anna’s previous two novels - the stunning thrillers 'What Came Before' and 'The Lone Child'. It has the same exciting pace, but this time Anna trains her focus on t…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Need to Know' by Nicola Moriarty. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of 'The Ex' and 'Those Other Women' - and once again, Nicola has created an intriguing drama that will hook you right from the start and grip you right to the stunning end. Plus, there a…
 
This episode Kate and Katherine discuss the nitty gritty of editing. It's been so long Kate's forgotten what it even is and Katherine has a complicated method involving printing, spreadsheets and long division (thirds?). Check out show notes for this episode on at www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'All We Have is Now' by Kaneana May. This is Kaneana’s second novel, following her incredible debut 'The One'. Kaneana has once again weaved together the story of three different women who run a wellness centre together. It’s a beautiful novel full of compassion, hope, love and…
 
Episode 400 is all about YOU! Val and Al answer all your burning questions about the world of writing and publishing: how to edit, publishing a short story collection, getting an agent, career building and much more. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Julia Makes it Easy' by Julia Morris to giveaway. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and …
 
This episode Katherine talks to author Victoria Hannan on the highs and lows of being a writer, and how the writing life is just one part of actual life. They discuss awards (Victoria was the winner of the Victorian Premiers Unpublished Manuscript Award 2019), retreats, massive word counts and wonderful-difficult moments. Check out show notes for t…
 
Meet Craig Sisterson, author of 'Southern Cross Crime'. Learn 8 practical writing tips from authors. Plus, our popular MOJO MONTH event is back in May, providing you with 31 days of writing motivation. We also have 3 copies of 'Where the Grass is Green' by Lauren Weisberger to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
This episode Kate and Katherine discuss first drafts... Are they always terrible? Does anyone listen to other authors play lists? Do you like long descriptions of trees? And other questions such as this. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't …
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Chase' by Candice Fox. 600 of the world’s most violent human beings escape Pronghorn Correctional Facility in Nevada, sparking the biggest manhunt in US history. For John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and chi…
 
Meet Julietta Henderson, author of 'The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman'. Discover how to write Regency romance. Plus, we have 3 copies of' World Travel' by Anthony Bourdain 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 | ValerieKhoo.c…
 
In our first interview for S4, Kate speaks with Evelyn Araluen - poet, academic, co-editor of Overland Literary Journal and author of Dropbear. They discuss Evelyn's creative practice, how she edited Dropbear with Ellen Van Neerven, why learning Bundjalung language changed the way she writes, and her advice on becoming part of the writing community…
 
It’s a whole new season and a whole new format but the same old hosts. Kate and Katherine haven’t spoken in oh about forever and there’s a lot to catch up on. Books they’ve been reading! Things they’ve been listening to! Other items! Unfortunately, they get a little ahead of themselves vis a vis TECHNOLOGY, which is a lesson in a) how to use a micr…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The The French Gift' by Kirsty Manning. This is the latest breathtaking novel from the bestselling author, whose previous books include 'The Lost Jewels', 'The Jade Lily', and 'The Midsummer Garden'. This time, Kirsty takes readers from the French Riviera and a German labour f…
 
Meet Debra Oswald, author of 'The Family Doctor'. Discover how to write a verse novel and how to name your characters. We're excited about our brand new course launching this week: Historical Fiction. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Ripping Tree', a new novel from internationally bestselling author Nikki Gemmell, to give away. Read the show notes …
 
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