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Sep 18, 2018

This week, Melissa Cranenburgh speaks to Stuart Kells about his new book, Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature, a new take on the endless mystery of who or even what was Shakespeare, taking us through both different conceptions of the man himself and the library that...


Sep 5, 2018

In this edition of Backstory, host Melissa Cranenburgh is joined by Majok Tulba, author of When Elephants Fight, a haunting coming of age young adult fiction about the hardships of life as a refugee. Majok Tulba’s debut novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and likened to the...


Sep 5, 2018

On this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Brooklyn based author Maria Dahvana Headley who was in town for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. They talk about Headley’s most recent book The Mere Wife, a modern-day re-imagining of Beowulf. Described by critics as “exquisite and imaginative” and “on-point...


Aug 29, 2018

 

On this episode of Backstory, Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Sally Piper, author of The Geography of Friendship, a story about fractured relationships, hiking and the reclamation of space by women.

Then Rebecca Hanson from the Centre for Youth Literature joins Mel to talk about the Inky Awards. The Inky Awards...


Aug 29, 2018

In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by Gerard Elson, bookseller at Readings St Kilda, and the 2015 recipient of the ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year award to discuss French Basque writer Marie Darrieussecq’s latest novella Our Life in the Forest. They are then joined by Marie from...