With Alaina Gougoulis, editorial co-ordinator at Text Publishing! Conversation points: proofreading ebooks, workplace house points, The Far Side, glossy photograph pages, graveside Vegemite, penguin punching, gangrene above the fireplace, Madeleine St John, biographies are the ultimate google search, The Women in Black, book clubs, dalliances, big goblin conversations, lunch eating time, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, kindness and cheese, Panini sticker books and selling everything you own on eBay.
Books: The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Madeleine by Helen Trinca, Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles, Humanity by Jonathan Glover, Bobcat by Rebecca Lee, The Glass Kingdom by Chris Flynn.
Starring our old mate Liam Wood! Points of interest: Quickdraw intro, George Clooney Up In The Air, Koo Wee Rup!, turkey paradise, creative writing in high schools, username squatting, Australian summer as a kid, Swords and Sex, negating the cool, editing in the age of Google, holding newborns (aka lizards), Haim, Mmmbop!
Books: Floundering by Romy Ash, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride, No Limit by Holly Childs.
With Rereader and deputy Brow Lifter, Steph Van Schilt. Riveting convo about: farts, feel the pressure, creepy live tweeting Steph’s life, striking, nice foley, ass, Super Nintendo Chalmers, swearing, sass and the apocalypse, teenage bus ride romance, outsiders, Divergent, don’t read this in public, matinee cry, Orphan Black, Hologram novellas, Friday Night Lights, The Double and sh… it.
Books! The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
With old mate Brigid Mullane, the newish editor of Kill Your Darlings! Items of interest: Terror, literary shuttle bus, bookstore customers, Franco tie-ins, gift giving rep, the apple isle, Iceland, JLaw future BFF, hype machine, passive reading, Wheel of Time, Boxing Day Tsunami, explaining grief, Joan Didion, pretending to be a ghost, Tig Notaro, Balinese cockfighting, French and Saunders, Scandal and chocolate Jesus.
Books: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, the Gunslinger series by Stephen King, Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala.
With comic maker extraordinaire Bernard Caleo. Interesting: Sicily, Graphic Novels! Melbourne!, making comics when you can’t draw, legibility, horses with hands, going down with the drawing ship, actively conspiring, Ms Page Turnery, depression and dead fish, salt is the opposite of pepper, surprising your readership, specialist in melancholy, Fun Home: The Musical, Ask Me Another, The Devil Collects, Threes and does Drew Carey feel joy?
Books: The Tango Collection edited by Bernard, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, Berlin by Jason Lutes.
With Elizabeth Redman! Points of interest: secret code language (shorthand), Sky Business ads, wicked fungus, wine diluted by shampoo off-runnings, John Howard’s superannuation, Cosmo vs Cosmos, critical numeracy, printing money, tooth fairy upcycling, hilarious hostage crisis, improve your first sexual experience, verse novels, tracksuit pants of the heart, St P Dogg, Martin Luther, sacrificing bulls and breakfast stacks.
Books: Woke Up Loney by Fiona Maazel, The Monkey’s Mask and Love Poems by Dorothy Porter, the Bible, The Sneaker Colouring Book.
Starring Lachlann Carter and Jenna Williams from 100 Story Building. Points of interest: Dave Eggers and 826 Valencia, burrito watch, stupidload, Foley sound effects, punches, BYO mic, other people’s impressions, really bad retellings of Bible stories, you want your kids to be dolphins, history spoilers, The Little Mermaid, not finishing books, Tavi Gevinson, ways of liking things, Storage Wars, making a trapdoor.
Books: The Instructions by Adam Levin, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo.
With Mel Campbell, author of Out of Shape. Conversation points: the last episode ever ever, dumb Dalmatians, fire drills and plan crashes, literally side splitting laughs, pagers, WikiHow tracheotomy, clothing sizes, aura, baby weight, the trouble with body image, modes of non-fiction and memoir, writing the personal, timely Swedes, JOMAD Classic, pizza marriage, being seen for who you are, footpath couch, Anamanaguchi, teaching poetry.
Books: Out of Shape by Mel Campbell, A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, HHhH by Laurent Binet, Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff.
Back in the saddle, with the new director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Sam Twyford-Moore! Points of interest: Sam overload, 10 years of EWF, benign growth, taking care of yourself as a writer, expectations, where in the world is Latika Bourke, fetishising busyness, saying yes, saying no, The Rereaders, in jokes, child narrators, autofiction, undisclosed fees, MTC laughter, how to abandon books, the many, many problems of email, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Survivor and viral video film school.
Books: Careful, He Might Hear You by Elliott Sumner Locke, Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac, Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun.
Starring the Prince Philip of Australian literature, Chad Parkhill.
Talking points: Footscraycray, National Young Writers Festival, local knowledge, pelicans, Alex and Alex, Chad talks about alcohol for seriously like 15 minutes straight, saffron, agave, emulsified dairy fat, squashed frogs, vibrato, Hobart, PotCon 2013, Be Kind Rewind, the structural problem of full time work and murder shows.
Books: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, Dear Life by Alice Munro, How Music Works by David Byrne, The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, Your Skirt’s Too Short by Emily Maguire, NW by Zadie Smith and Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon.