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Jun 19, 2019

On this episode, Fiona McGregor, author of A Novel Idea joins host Mel Cranenburgh to chat about what life is really like when a writer sits down to stare down the blank page.

Katie Smyrk, deputy editor of The Big Issue, also joins Melto review two books you need on your to-read list.


Jun 5, 2019

In this episode of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by author Wayne Macauley, whose latest book Simpson Returns. 'A concise satire of Australian platitudes about fairness and egalitarianism, it is timely, devastating and witheringly funny'. Released in time for 2019's Anzac Day 'celebrations', it has been...


Jun 5, 2019

In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh talks to 2019 Nature Writing Prize co-winner Jenny Sinclair about her book An Orchard For My Father. Jenny’s previous non-fiction books include Much Ado About Melbourne (Affirm Press, 2015) (first published as When We Think About Melbourne, 2010) and A Walking Shadow (Arcade...


May 11, 2019

On this episode of Backstory, Mel Cranenburgh chats to writer Melanie Cheng about her debut novel, Room for a Stranger [https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/room-for-a-stranger] Melanie is best known for her award winning collection of short stories, Australia Day.

Then Julie Ganner and Sarah Runcie drop in to...


May 11, 2019

On this episode of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh chats about two new novels: one from Andrea Goldsmith titled Invented Lives [https://andreagoldsmith.com.au/] and another from the one and only Melina Marchetta, The Place on Dalhousie [