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A show about books, stories, the craft of writing - and the people behind the lines. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

A show about books, stories, the craft of writing - and the people behind the lines. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Location:

Brunswick East, VIC

Description:

A show about books, stories, the craft of writing - and the people behind the lines. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Language:

English


Episodes

Larissa Behrendt

7/13/2021
Award-winning author Larissa Behrendt takes a deep dive into her new novel, After Story. It follows a mother and daughter as they grapple with grief and loss, while reflecting on their cultural history through a literary tour. The book is out now through UQP. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/podcasts/backstory

Duration:00:41:52

Sarah Krasnostein

6/29/2021
Award-winning author of ‘The Trauma Cleaner’, Sarah Krasnostein, weaves us through her new book ‘The Believer’. From a death doula to a ghost hunter, to a woman facing death and another woman released from prison, we follow six peoples’ stories and their encounters with love, death and faith. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/podcasts/backstory

Duration:00:44:38

Rick Morton

6/15/2021
Journalist Rick Morton combines memoir with journalism in ‘My Year of Living Vulnerably: A Rediscovery of Love’. Whilst reflecting on childhood trauma and its resounding impact into adulthood, the book also explores loneliness and masculinity. The book is out via Fourth Estate. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/podcasts/backstory

Duration:00:43:33

Rebecca Starford

6/8/2021
Author and editor Rebecca Starford walks us through the The Imitator, her new historical novel which weaves through pre, mid and post-war periods, through the lens of a MI5 wartime spy. Out now through Allen & Unwin. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:40:08

Emma Batchelor

6/1/2021
Now That I See You has won the 2021 Australian / Vogel Literary Award. Listen as the woman behind the words, Emma Batchelor, unravels this part-truth, part-fiction book; exploring the way her lens on life shifted enormously in the wake of her partners’ transition and their relationship demise. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:38:51

Susan Johnson & Oliver Reeson

5/4/2021
Award winning author and journalist Susan Johnson goes into her epistolary novel ‘From Where I Fell’, which follows two women who find solace in one another after an accidental email unites them; and writer and critic Oliver Reeson discusses their Sydney Review of Books essay ‘Not Who But How’, which dissects Craig Sylvie’s book ‘Honeybee’ and it’s controversial impact. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:48:14

Madeleine Ryan

4/27/2021
Australian writer, director and actor, Madeleine Ryan, chats about her debut novel ‘A Room Called Earth’. Taking the reader on a journey through the mind of a woman in the space of one evening, it questions and critiques our social world and unveils some hidden truths about it. Out now through Scribe. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:36:35

Anwen Crawford

4/20/2021
Writer and music and cultural critic Anwen Crawford talks about her new book ‘No Document’. The book-length essay weaves together narratives that explore grief, art and activism with themes of war, immigration and stolen land. Out now through Giramondo. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:34:45

Claire Thomas & Fiona McGregor

4/14/2021
Claire Thomas delves into her latest novel The Performance, following three women whose lives undergo revelations as they watch a play; and author and performance artist Fiona McGregor discusses her collection of essays, Buried Not Dead and the artistic lives that informed it. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory.

Duration:00:40:09

Elizabeth Flux on her piece in Meanjin

4/6/2021
Elizabeth Flux is Editor At Large for the Melbourne City of Literature Office and an award-winning author whose fiction and non-fiction has been widely published. In this long-form interview, she discusses her recent non-fiction piece ‘Doctored Results’, published in this year’s Autumn edition of Meanjin. The piece reflects on her experience as a student in Australia’s medical industry, the lack of mental health support and the pressure of success in this realm. Please note: This episode...

Duration:00:19:17

Zoya Patel on the Stella Prize Shortlist for 2021

3/30/2021
Zoya Patel is an award-winning author, editor, founder of a feminist literary organisation and Chair of the 2021 Stella Prize judging panel. Discussing emerging themes in the stories shortlisted for the Stella Prize, from investigative journalism to imaginary worlds, she praises the works of a diverse variety of female voices. With presenter Rashelle McHugh filling in for Mel Cranenburgh.

Duration:00:24:16

Alison Croggon

3/23/2021
Award-winning novelist, poet, playwright, editor and critic Alison Croggon delves into her new book Monsters in a long-form interview with Mel. The book takes the form of both memoir and essay, confronting a painful conflict between sisters, and explores the ways in which colonial patriarchy has moulded our lives in a way that is inescapable. Out now through Scribe. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:39:43

Loraine Peck & Christy Collins

3/16/2021
Lorraine Peck talks about her debut novel, The Second Son, a gripping, action-packed crime thriller; and Christy Collins discusses her beautiful and thought-provoking debut, The Price of Two Sparrows. With presenter Rashelle McHugh filling in for Mel Cranenburgh.

Duration:00:33:59

Martin McKenzie-Murray

3/11/2021
Martin McKenzie-Murray has worked as a teacher, Age columnist, and adviser to the chief commissioner of Victoria Police. But it’s his work as a scriptwriter that inspired his debut work of fiction. The Scriptwriter skewers Australian bureaucracy and political lethargy, taking readers on a frantic, funny, and surreal journey through the corridors of power. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:40:38

Kavita Bedford

3/4/2021
Kavita Bedford, an Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology and literature, talks about her novel, Friends and Dark Places, a novel of love and loss, of constancy and change, and looking for connection in an estranged world. Out now through Text Publishing. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:33:22

Adam Thompson

2/17/2021
Adam Thompson, an emerging Aboriginal (pakana) writer from Tasmania, joins Mel for a longform interview about Born Into This, his “engaging and thought-provoking” collection of short stories out now through the University of Queensland Press. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:36:59

Craig Munro & Kate Torney

2/12/2021
Craig Munro discusses his new book, Literary Lion Tamers: Book Editors Who Made Publishing History; and Kate Torney, Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria, chats about the 165th anniversary of the venerated institution, its past, and its post-pandemic future. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:41:22

Helen Garner

12/14/2020
In this long-form interview, Helen Garner talks about her recently released book, One Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995, the second volume of her diaries which sees her contemplating the ethics, difficulties and rewards of love and relationships. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:53:04

Ewa Ramsey

11/30/2020
Ewa Ramsey is an emerging writer and her debut novel, The Morbids, has been described as ‘a lively and often very funny book, and one that is hopeful and heartfelt.’ She talks about the joys and pitfalls of submitting an unsolicited manuscript and the process of crafting her first book. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:34:40

Maria Tumarkin & Rochelle Smith

11/30/2020
Rochelle Smith, director of the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival, talks about this year’s program Life, Changing and explores the relationship between literature and non-fiction writing; and Australian cultural historian, essayist and novelist, Maria Tumarkin, discusses her State of the (Writing) Nation oration delivered for The Wheeler Centre and available now on YouTube. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory

Duration:00:43:15