In Summary

  • The Garret literary podcast launches its second season
  • New episode features popular children’s author Andy Griffiths and his partner Jill Griffiths
  • The season will include interviews with Tony Birch, Leigh Hobbs and other popular Australian writers

A literary podcast supported by Swinburne has launched its second season, featuring an interview with Australian children's book author Andy Griffiths, and his partner, Jill Griffiths.

Along with Terry Denton, the pair is responsible for the phenomenally successful Treehouse series.

The Garret is a podcast series that explores how writers at the top of their game start, draft, complete and market their own writing.

In the first season, six Victorian authors including John Marsden, Graeme Simsion and Toni Jordan were featured.

“Within the industry, the reaction has been fantastic, with publishers now approaching us and asking us to include their writers,” podcast host, author and teacher of professional writing and editing at Swinburne Nicolas Brasch says.

Season two will feature episodes with writers from across Australia including Leigh Hobbs, Anita Heiss and Tony Birch, while season three, beginning in later in 2017, will feature international writers.

A still outlining guests from season 2 of The Garret

“We are picking and choosing carefully – wanting to maintain our original intention of only interviewing those at the very top of their craft, or major award-winners.

“Tony Birch, particularly, provides great insights into the craft of writing,” Mr Brasch says.

Swinburne professional writing and editing students are also involved in the production of the podcast, able to lend a hand transcribing interviews and sitting in on the recording.

Started in Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature, The Garret is supported by the local community. The Garret partners with, and is funded by, the State Library of Victoria, Readings, Writers Victoria and Swinburne's Department of Media and Communication