The Garret: Writers on Writing (thegarretpodcast.com) is a podcast by writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted by Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do.
The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University. We held a series of live podcast events with the State Library of Victoria (which you can listen to here). We are supporting the next generation of review writers by working with RMIT University to publish RMIT Reviews, which are written by writing students about new Australian works of fiction and non-fiction (you can read them here).
In 2019 we were a media partner for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali Indonesia, and released three of the live events Astrid Edwards moderated at the festival through The Garret.
In 2020 during COVID19 we began to record The Garret At Home - the same podcast as always, just with writers stuck in their own homes.
The Garret is educational in outlook. We have received funding from The Copyright Agency to develop a series of interviews with diverse writers whose works should appear on the school curriculum. We have previously received two grants from the Australia Council for the Arts.
A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen).
As a podcast, The Garret: Writers on Writing has:
* Reached #86 overall on the Australian Apple Podcasts charts
* Was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards
* Surpassed 275,000 downloads since November 2016
* Attracts 4,724 individual subscribers.