Astrid Edwards is our resident polymath. At Bad Producer Productions, Astrid is responsible for strategy and project management. She is a creative soul and the force behind our podcast The Garret: Writers on Writing, as well as the co-host (alongside Jamila Rizvi) of another book podcast, Anonymous Was A Woman.
In addition to her role at Bad Producer Productions, Astrid teaches writing and coordinates the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She is the Deputy Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival, and previously served as the Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria.
Astrid is a bibliophile, and her book reviews have been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women, Kill Your Darlings and Australian Book Review. For an up-to-date list of her publications, see astridedwards.com/publications.
She has also judged the Aurealis Awards (Australia's premier speculative fiction awards) three times since 2016, as well as the Sidney Neilma Literary Travel Grant in 2019. She is a former Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.
Astrid is a Member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council advising the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers and sits on the Department of Health and Human Service's COVID-19 Accessible Communications for People with Disability Reference Group. Astrid is also a National Advocate for MS Australia.
Astrid is one of the founding members of the Book Industry Climate Action Group. Before embarking on this creative storytelling career, Astrid was an economics and policy consultant for almost a decade. She specialised in climate and environmental policy, and to this day she is trying to figure out how stories can help to save the planet.
Astrid spent eight years as a management consultant working for state and Federal government, ASX-100 companies and not-for-profit clients. On behalf of her clients, she managed commercial and creative content. Best of all, in the high risk profession of consulting she learnt how to thrive on uncertainty and challenge. She can identify an opportunity, pitch an idea, develop a business case, manage the risks and then deliver, on time and on budget.
After a health crisis in 2014, Astrid left the consulting world to pursue what she loves: books, ideas and storytelling.
Prior to her years as a consultant and this new creative life, Astrid explored the road-less-travelled. She taught Classical Latin in Sydney, represented the Australian Government at the United Nations in New York, was awarded a fellowship at the US Department of State in Washington DC, and worked for a private American intelligence agency in Austin Texas (yes, really).
Astrid has a Master of International Business (cum laude), as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Sydney. She also has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies from the University of Melbourne and the Diplôme de langue et civilisation Françaises from Sorbonne University in Paris. Astrid also completed the CERT IV in Training and Assessment. Astrid is a member of Mensa Australia.