Conversations With Writers

Intimate long-form conversations with writers sharing what drives them to tell their stories.

Intimate long-form conversations with writers sharing what drives them to tell their stories. Going beyond the press tour Q&As to discuss how their experiences and beliefs shape who they are and the tales they tell. Featuring authors, journalists, screenwriters, comedians and more, Conversations With Writers is published every two weeks.

A Season One finale featuring unaired short conversations with our first season guests Maria Lewis, Patti Miller, Alan Baxter, Heather Rose, Dr Sarah Edelman & Louise Remond , With topics as diverse as: your first murder; Cro-Magnon cave art; the trinkets of memory; writing the narrative of game based learning; the importance of diet on mental health; and finding the perfect co-author.

We'll be back with Season Two in a few short weeks. Thanks for listening. Twitter: @conversationsww  

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Garth Franklin has been at the forefront of online film criticism for the past 20 years, breaking news via scoops, leaks and non-disclosure breaches from every corner of the Hollywood system. His news and reviews site Dark Horizons changed the way studios engaged with online media and established new release and feedback models across the publicity and production industries. In conversation, Garth also discusses his recent treatises on masculinity in film. Garth can be found at

NOTE: Apologies for the sound issues on this episode. An unfortunate accident we couldn't repair on this rare occassion.

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Patti Miller is one of Australia’s most successful memoirists. The author of several best-selling award-winning biographies and autobiographies, capturing the cultures, legacies and life-stories of herself and hundreds of others.

Patti has recently published Writing True Stories and in conversation discusses her discovery of memoir; the unreliable narrator of memory; the richness of uncovering the Australian indigenous culture and the memoirs of white settlers.

Writing true Stories is available in stores and online now.

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Multi-award winner Alan Baxter fills his dark urban horror thrillers with realistic violence from first-hand experience. The author having spent a lifetime training and teaching Kung Fu. In conversation Alan provides an insight to his love of mashing genres and writing across formats; how the cowardice of bullies drove him towards competitive martial arts; and we tap into the injustice of losing loved ones while the less deserving live on. Alan can be found via Twitter @alanbaxter   

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According to recent studies, one in four young people are at risk of serious mental illness. The issues of body image, coping with stress, school and studying identified as the key drivers of concern.

In response, Clinical Psychologists Dr Sarah Edelman and Louise Remond have authored Good Thinking - a teenager's guide to managing stress and emotions using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). An evidence based guide to changing how teenagers think to improve the way they feel.

In conversation Sarah and Louise discuss the multiplying issues affecting teens today, the impacts of comparisons in a world of instagrammers, the terrible power of perception over reality and most critically, how to quickly acquire the skills to challenge anxiety, depression and anger.

Sarah is the best selling author of Change Your Thinking and Louise was for many years the professional voice of Dolly Doctor in that bastion of teen advice Dolly magazine.

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