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 is also the Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and coordinates the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Astrid is a bibliophile. She is the host of The Garret: Writers on Writing, as well as the co-host of Anonymous Was A Woman with Jamila Rizvi and the Future Women and Hachette Book Club. In 2020 and 2021 Astrid was also the host of the State Library of Victoria's online Afternoon Tea and Talk series.
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.
In 2021 Astrid is a contributor to the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia. You can also read her book reviews in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women, Kill Your Darlings and Australian Book Review.
Astrid is a member of Mensa Australia.
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.