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Exploring unexpected book pairings.

Mirandi Riwoe

Joining me this episode is Mirandi Riwoe, author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain and the 2018 Stella Prize shortlisted novella, The Fish Girl.

We chat about writing beautifully about difficult things, book covers and her perfect pairings!

Emma White

This episode I am joined by Emma White, Children and Youth Coordinator at Hobsons Bay Libraries and the current Convenor of the Public Libraries Victoria, Children’s and Youth Services Special Interest Group!

Emma has worked in public libraries for over 10 years, and is a passionate advocate for children and young people in library spaces.

Comfort Reads

In this slightly difficult time I wanted to share with you some of the books I turn to when I really struggle to read. My comfort reads.

I hope these gentle, comforting and fun reads help you get your reading mojo on 🙂

Andrew Kelly

Andrew is a library professional from Perth who has worked in both public and special libraries. He has spent the last few years earning a name for himself in the world of library makerspaces and 3D printing. In 2017 he helped set up the Perth branch of newCardigan – a group for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum workers, and is currently newCardigan Treasurer.

This episode Andrew joined me for a good old rant about book to screen adaptations … and we did a couple of pairings too, just for fun 😉

Kaaron Warren

This episode I am joined by award-winning horror writer Kaaron Warren.
Kaaron is a Shirley Jackson award-winning Australian author whose short stories and novels have won Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards and Aurealis Awards.
She has published 5 multi-award winning novels, her debut Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone.

Angela Savage

Joining me for this episode’s online chat is award-winning Melbourne writer and Director of Writers Victoria, Angela Savage.

Leonee Derr

Leonee Derr has worked in libraries for 14 years and has dedicated her work to serving and supporting community – particularly those under-served, under-represented and those most experiencing marginalisation.

There is some passionate swearing in this episode as two librarians discuss some of the issues current today.

Beth O’Leary

Joining me for this episode’s online chat is special guest all the way from the UK and the author of one of my favourite books of 2019, Beth O’Leary!

Beth is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose debut novel the Flatshare has been translated into more than 30 languages.

She wrote The Flatshare on her train journey to and from her job at a children’s publisher and now lives in the Hampshire countryside and writes full time.

Beth’s second novel is The Switch and was released in April this year, 2020.

Kate Cuthbert

This episode I am joined by award-winning book reviewer, critic and genre-fiction advocate Kate Cuthbert.

After working for more than a decade in trade publishing, notably initiating the Escape Publishing imprint of Harlequin Australia, and serving as its Managing Editor for almost seven years, as well as working at the Australian Library and Information Association, Kate is currently the Program Manager at Writers Victoria and is also pursuing a PhD examining rural settings in Australian popular fiction.

Karen Turner

Joining me this episode for an online chat is Australian author Karen Turner!

Karen is the author of three novels, Torn (2013), Inviolate (2014) and most recently in 2019, Stormbird. 
Prior to this, Karen published an eclectic compilation of short stories, All That and Everything, many of which have won literary awards, including the Society of Women Writers Vic Biennial Literary Award, and the Free XpressSion Literary Competition.

About Literary Elixirs

Matching books to food and drink! 

Justine is a librarian who loves good food and drink and can’t stop talking about what book she’s read which would pair perfectly with that delicious cheese, wine, coffee, beer, chocolate … you get the idea!

She is on a mission to chat with purveyors of delicious elixirs and suggest some literature which would be a perfect match because books go with pretty much anything!


Justine Hanna