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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
 
Join the Ministry of Stories on unique adventures through lands of fire and dragons. Meet greedy unicorns and pig presidents and help us hunt for missing emojis and doughnuts. Each episode features a short story written and read by children who attend writing clubs at the Ministry of Stories. Created with the generous support of Matt Hill and Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our funders: the Breadsticks Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.
 
For the last few decades there's been a revolution in the knitting world, and we go behind the scenes to gain insight into what inspired and motivated the knitting superstars who were part of this exciting time. Join us every two weeks on Vogue Knitting Knitterviews as we interview the influencers who contributed to making the knitosphere what it is today. Brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio: “Listen while you knit."
 
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This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Firestar: A Maven & Reeve Mystery by A.L. Tait. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this exciting book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook …
 
Meet Rose Carlyle, author of 'The Girl in the Mirror'. Learn about the rise and rise of 'stealth help' books. We congratulate the Ned Kelly award winners! Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Windsor Diaries' by Alathea Fitzalan Howard to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit…
 
S5 Ep 60: In this episode, meet bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Curry, artist and curator Riva Lehrer, and poet, editor, and writer Heid E. Erdrich.Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry and Sara Grace: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/605848/love-is-the-way/Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer: https://www.penguinrando…
 
S5 Ep 59: In this episode, meet contemporary art curator Jennifer Dasal, journalist and science writer Emily Willingham, and writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan.ArtCurious by Jennifer Dasal: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/611497/artcurious/Phallacy by Emily Willingham: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/621131/phallacy/…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Good Teacher by Petronella McGovern. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this gripping book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Write…
 
S5 Ep 58: In this episode, meet lead pastor of the New Life Fellowship church Rich Villodas, and global speaker and Protestant evangelist Anne Graham Lotz.The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas and Pete Scazzero: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/623185/the-deeply-formed-life/The Light of His Presence by Anne Graham Lotz: https://www.pe…
 
S5 Ep 57: In this episode, meet ballet dancer Misty Copeland, artist and producer D.J. Steinberg, and playwright, musician, and educator Amyra León.Bunheads by Misty Copeland: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/545451/bunheads/Firebird by Misty Copeland: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/314568/firebird/Kindergarten, Here I Com…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall. Narrated by veteran Australian actor Claudia Karvan, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Vis…
 
S5 Ep 56: In this episode, meet Shelby Forsythia, podcast host and author of Your Grief Your Way, Ambi Kavanagh, podcast host and author of Chakras & Self-Care, and Kathryn Nicolai, podcast host and author of Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep.Your Grief, Your Way by Shelby Forsythia: https://www.p…
 
S5 Ep 55: In this episode meet, actor, speaker, and Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany, advocate and activist Erin Brokovich, and journalist Matthew Yglesias.Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duany: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/552032/walk-toward-the-rising-sun/Superman's Not Coming by Erin Brockovich: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio…
 
Meet Craig Silvey, author of 'Honeybee'. Learn about a cool opportunity to become a bookseller in the Maldives. Enter The Horne Prize for your chance to win $15,000. Alison Rushby shares her tips on how to make writing fun again. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Just Like You' by Nick Hornby to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah. Sophie continues the adventures of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in this mystery and we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and li…
 
S5 Ep 54: In this episode, meet novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru, poet and critic Dan Chiasson, and professor and author Deborah Tannen.Red Pill by Hari Kunzru: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/544565/red-pill/The Math Campers by Dan Chiasson: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/646885/the-math-campers/Finding My Father by D…
 
S5 Ep 53: In this episode, meet farmer and entrepreneur Sarah Frey, writer and clothes historian Kate Sekules, and chef David Chang.The Growing Season by Sarah Frey: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/610559/the-growing-season/Mend! by Kate Sekules: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/617245/mend/Eat a Peach by David Chang: https…
 
Meet Penguin Random House publisher Laura Harris. Do bookshops make your bowels move? Discover how to enter the Spark prize for narrative non-fiction. And congrats to Dinuka McKenzie for winning The Banjo Prize! Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Nala's World' by Dean Nicholson to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners i…
 
S5 Ep 51: In this episode, meet creator of the Lazy Genius movement Kendra Adachi, financial author Jason Kelly, and tech and lifestyle entrepreneur John Roa.The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/608850/the-lazy-genius-way/The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly: https://www.pen…
 
Meet Christie Nieman, author of 'Where We Begin'. Discover what you can learn from being an author-entrepreneur. Plus, we have 5 double passes to 'The Translators' to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omny…
 
S5 Ep 48: In this episode, meet Madeleine Ryan, Christine Gutierrez, and David Eagleman. The human brain is a fascinating world unto itself, and each one of these authors takes a deep dive into that ever-changing neuro-landscape, exploring how our biology and our psyches process the world. Go behind the mic to hear their varied perspectives and lis…
 
In this episode, meet Chris Pegula, Tina Payne Bryson, and John Beede. Whether you are becoming a parent for the first time, seeking solid baby advice in a sea of information, or raising boys to become kind and compassionate men, each of these authors have parenting insights to share to help you and your family learn and grow together. Join them in…
 
Meet Richard Fidler, broadcaster and author of 'The Golden Maze: A Biography of Prague'. Congratulations to AWC alumnae Felicity McVay and Brooke Grahams for publishing their debut picture books. Plus, shout out to AWC alumna Petronella McGovern for being on the 2020 Ned Kelly Crime Awards shortlist with her thriller 'Six Minutes'. Plus, we have 3 …
 
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! In another special Library Love edition of This is the Author, we hear from beloved authors who share their fondest library memories, and why libraries mean so very much to them. Listen to authors Eddie Glaude, John O'Leary, Conor Knighton, Matt Alt, and Kent Russell as they share their love for this vital c…
 
S5 Ep 47: In this episode, meet Daniel Nayeri, Paola Mendoza, and brother and sister co-authors Maia and Alex Shibutani. Storytelling, creativity, activism, and friendship are all themes that ring out in these behind-the-mic interviews. Listen in to hear more, plus discover a side of the "Shib Sibs" that you've never heard before.Everything Sad is …
 
S5 Ep 45: In this episode, meet Kelly Treleaven, Justin Taylor, and Meghan Leahy. Join each of these authors in the recording booth as they discuss their news books, the complexities of teaching and learning, and the intimacy that the audio format can bring to the written word.Love, Teach by Kelly Treleaven: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/…
 
S5 Ep 46: In this episode, meet husband and wife co-authors Harold Earls and Rachel Earls, Carlos Whittaker, and Becky Thompson. These authors have each written books about how their faith has helped them move forward in difficult times and live life to the fullest. Now, step into the audio booth to hear what it was like for them to record their au…
 
Learn how to edit your own manuscript and meet Fiona Palmer, author of 'Tiny White Lies'. In a shocking plot twist, Allison shares her Word of the Week. Discover when to tune into a special Facebook live Creative Conversations with Allison Tait. Plus we have 3 copies of 'The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery' by A.L. Tait to give away. Read the sh…
 
S5 Ep 43: In this episode, meet art curator Kimberly Drew and teenage entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer. Go behind the mic with these authors and find out not only what inspired them to write their books, but also what's unique about listening to the audiobook edition. Plus, get their most recent audio recommendations.This Is What I Know About Art by Kimb…
 
S5 Ep 42: Welcome to another episode of This is the Author In Conversation, a more personal behind-the-mic chat with our authors in the audiobooks studio. In this episode, we invite you into the sound booth with entrepreneur and business strategist Mike Michalowicz, author and narrator of The Pumpkin Plan and Fix This Next. Starting, maintaining, a…
 
Discover what you need to know about writing across age groups. Meet Nick Place, co-author of 'Stalin's Wine Cellar'. It's launch day for A.L. Tait's eagerly anticipated book 'The Fire Star'. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Good Teacher' by Petronella McGovern (AWC alumna) to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! In this special Library Love edition of This is the Author, we hear from beloved authors who share their fondest library memories, and why their library means so very much to them. Listen to Erik Larson, Gail Caldwell, Anne Applebaum, Maria Konnikova, Rick Hanson, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, and Andy Boyle …
 
S5 Ep 41: In this episode, meet Will Doig, Anne Applebaum, and the storyteller known as "The Captain." These authors have written compelling narratives that combine history and current events, from Will Doig's tracking of China's advances in high speed rail, to Anne Applebaum's examination of how and why democracies around the world are turning tow…
 
S5 Ep 40: In this episode, meet Meredith Talusan, Susan Burton, and Gail Caldwell. These authors have each written nuanced and highly personal memoirs about the experiences that continue to shape their lives. Listen in to hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks. Plus, find out how mispronouncing a word during recording led one aut…
 
Discover how to write during a pandemic. Meet Mikey Robins, author of 'Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour'. Want to win a Zoom call with A.L. Tait? Plus we have 3 copies of 'The Thursday Murder Club' by Richard Osman to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visi…
 
You'll meet Adrian Beck, author of the 'Derek Dool Supercool' series. AWC presenter Candice Fox's book turns into a movie. And AWC grad Brooke Graham's picture book 'Go Away, Worry Monster!' to be published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Girl in the Mirror' by Rose Carlyle to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
S5 Ep 39: In this episode, meet Matt Alt, A. Kendra Greene, and Kent Russell. In their new audiobooks, each of these authors takes a deep dive into the intersection of geography and culture, and the ways in which a product, artifact, or lived experience that is grounded in the local can expand into the global, influencing all of us. Listen in as th…
 
You'll meet Jeff Apter, author of 'Friday On My Mind'. Discover why you need to remember that your genius comes naturally to you. Download Valerie's free printable. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Enid' by Robert Wainwright to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCen…
 
Meet Mary Norris, author of 'Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen'. You'll discover powerful tips on how to finish writing your book. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Across the Water' by AWC alumna Ingrid Alexandra to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre…
 
S5 Ep 38: In this episode, meet Andrew Coté, Jennifer Ackerman, and Maria Konnikova. It's remarkable what we can learn when we take the time to observe behavior, without obscuring it with what we think we know. Each of these authors writes about what can be learned when we truly open our eyes: to bees, to birds, and yes, to bluffs. Now, go behind t…
 
Meet Katherine Firkin, author of 'Sticks and Stones'. Discover what you need in an author newsletter template. Impress (or baffle) your friends by casually dropping the word 'autarky' into a conversation. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Utopia Avenue' by David Mitchell to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the …
 
Meet Sandy Barker, author of 'That Night in Paris' and 'A Sunset in Sydney'. Discover the steps you need to take to build your author platform. Learn how to use Pinterest for book marketing inspiration. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Sandpit' by Nicholas Shakespeare to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in th…
 
S5 Ep 37: In this episode, meet Wes Moore, Christine Montross, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Whether examining a city’s response to police violence, revealing the connection between psychological vulnerability and incarceration, or using the life and works of a visionary thinker to shine a light on race in America, each of these authors unearths complica…
 
S5 Ep 36: In this episode, meet Tenzin Priyadarshi, Tammy Mastroberte, and Galen Guengerich. A spiritual path is rarely straight forward, and each one of these authors has written about how experiences in their own lives, together with help from important guides and mentors, have lead them to where they are today. Listen in to hear them talk about …
 
Do you want to be a children's author? Meet literary agent Annabel Barker and discover what you need to do to get published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Silk House' by Kayte Nunn to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Valeri…
 
S5 Ep 35: In this episode, meet the three hosts of The LadyGang podcast: Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek. In the Gang’s audiobook Act Like A Lady, they each share blissfully BS-free anecdotes from their lives so that you don’t feel so alone when you think about… whatever-it-was-you-did-that-one-time. Listen in to hear the Gang’s behind-th…
 
You'll meet Gus Gordon, author and illustrator of 'Finding Francois'. Discover who is a plotter and who is a pantser. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Jane Austen Society' by Natalie Jenner to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | …
 
S5 Ep 33: In this episode, meet Michael Pollan, Judith Warner, and Conor Knighton. These three authors use their audiobooks to take listeners on journeys of discovery: discovery about the food we eat, about how adolescence shapes adulthood and how we parent, and discovery about National Parks throughout the country. And while all of these authors a…
 
S5 Ep 34: In this episode meet Liam Vaughn, Barton Gellman, and Jung H Pak. From the story of a trading prodigy who triggered the fastest US market crash in history to gripping profiles of whistle-blower Edward Snowden and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, real people and events inspired these authors’ books. Although they each found the audioboo…
 
Meet Chris Flynn, author of 'Mammoth'. Plus 21 ways to promote your book, and how to deal with your inner critic. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
S5 Ep 31: In this episode, meet entrepreneur Meredith Fineman, technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz, and attorney Adrienne Lawrence. Each of these authors has taken a hard look at how engrained company cultures and established hierarchies can deeply and often negatively affect everything from worker productivity and innovation to employees’ basic ab…
 
S5 Ep 32: In this episode, meet novelist Maya Shanbhag Lang, writer Benjamin Taylor, and co-authors Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez. Each of these authors has combed through history—whether it’s of a personal relationship with a loved one or the cultural history of the Drag community—to create and share true stories of connection, inspiration, a…
 
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