The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted 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 is educational in outlook. We 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).

In 2019 and 2020 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.

The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards. The podcast surpassed 440,000 downloads in January 2022.

The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram or Twitter.

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.


Our host Astrid Edwards is a bibliophile. She judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University.

You can read her book reviews in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women, Kill Your Darlings and Australian Book Review. In 2021 Astrid contributed to the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia.

She is the Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and the former Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria.

Astrid is a member of Mensa Australia. You can track her reading on The StoryGraph or find a much longer bio here.