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Writing is something you can learn in many different ways and while many will tell you to learn by reading, we can also learn by listening! The rise of the podcast means that speciality shows catering to all your passions, learning and entertainment needs, are just a click away.
So, of course, here’s a list of 8 Australian podcasts that you should check out!
A finalist in the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards, The Garret offers a range of interviews with Aussie authors and writers about the writing process (including starting, drafting, editing, publishing and marketing!). The show is hosted by RMIT University writing teacher and coordinator, Astrid Edwards, who has also judged the Aurealis Awards and sits on the Board of Melbourne Writers Festival. Guests include such names as Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Jane Caro, Hannah Kent, Chloe Hooper, Jane Harper, Markus Zusak and Jessica Townsend.
Copywriting bigwigs Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver share the secrets of successful copywriting in this podcast which features tips, shortcuts, writing resources, interviews with other successful copywriters, business management, and all the ups and downs of this particular style of writing. “Entertaining”, “funny” and “informative”, copywriters swear by it. But, Kate and Belinda are clearly Aussie because they talk pretty damn fast!
The Australian Writers’ Centre official podcast is one of the most popular podcasts for new writers. Listeners from around the world tune in each week to hear Valerie Khoo and Alison Tait cover questions about the writing craft and industry, and pair it with interviews from authors across the spectrum. As they don’t have a studio, the audio can be a bit iffy at times, but the content is always spot on and hugely helpful. What more could you expect from the people behind all those fabulous courses at AWC.
This show’s hosts take movies that were perhaps badly written, did poorly at the box office, or that made little sense and tweak them to make them work. Working with the existing structure of the film, they only change small elements to make a major difference. This is a great way to learn about things like pacing, story structure, and self-editing. Sadly, the show ended in May 2018 but the episodes are still up and are worth listening to!
From the team behind the Meanjin Quarterly publication comes the podcast to match hosted by Jonathan Green. The show includes a combination of readings from Meanjin contributors and discussion around the topics within the readings. It’s a relatively young podcast with only seven episodes and it’s only released every couple of months or so, which means it’s the perfect podcast for those of you with a list too long to listen to.
The official podcast for the Wheeler Centre showcases talks with authors and writers from around the world. Because the release of interviews depends on their other programming, there’s not a consistent release date on episodes but there’s normally at least one every month and the topics they cover are broad, insightful and critical. From Indigenous Poetry and White Fragility to Internet Trolling, AFLW and Grief, this is a podcast covering huge topics from the world of writing.
I’ve grouped these two simply because the States of Poetry podcast has been discontinued and Poem of the Week hasn’t been updated in a while, but there’s plenty of content here for you to devour over time. States of Poetry is an anthology from each state of Australia curated by a local poet. Poem of the Week is exactly as it sounds and includes both a reading and discussion.
Hosted by Stephanie Van Schilt and Veronica Sullivan, Sisteria is a podcast about women and non-binary folk in the arts. Sisteria features conversations with various creatives from around Australia including musicians, tattooists, activists, musicians, and editors and covers everything from mental health and motherhood to politics and sports.