Australia has always produced compelling and brilliant literature, however, in recent years, we have seen Australian writing soar to new heights, gaining widespread recognition at home and abroad. Much of this literature is being produced by women, with some debut authors in particular achieving phenomenal success. With so many outstanding women featuring on the Better Reading podcast Stories Behind the Stories, we thought we’d share some of our interviews with great female writers.
Here they are, for your enjoyment:
Holly Ringland, author of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart:
Holly Ringland joins us on the podcast this morning to discuss her enchanting debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. The book which has had rave reviews, tells the story of Alice, the young daughter of an abusive father, who finds her strength with a little help from the language of native flowers, her grandmother and a beautiful pooch named Harry.
Kristina Olsson, author of Shell:
This week, Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning author Kristina Olsson to discuss her latest novel Shell, a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia’s history. Together they discuss Australia’s rich and colourful past, and Kristina’s impressive career as both a journalist and writer.
Holly Throsby, author of Cedar Valley:
This week Cheryl Akle is joined by critically acclaimed songwriter, musician, and novelist Holly Throsby to discuss her latest novel Cedar Valley. Together they discuss the rise of female success in both the book and music industries, and the art of story-telling through both writing and song.
Emma Viskic, author of And Fire Came Down:
Cheryl Akle talks to award-winning crime writer and musician Emma Viskic. They discuss music, writing, and Emma’s recent book, And Fire Came Down.
Tania Blanchard, author of The Girl From Munich:
Cheryl Akle speaks with Tania Blanchard about historical fiction, family history, and the roots of her debut novel, The Girl From Munich.