The Garret is a podcast for lovers of books and storytelling.

Always about Australian writers and their craft, in 2023 The Garret expanded focus and also interviews industry figures about what gets published (and why).

The podcast surpassed 575,000 downloads in January 2024.

The Garret is educational in outlook. 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).

We have previously received two grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, as well as funding from The Copyright Agency to develop a series of interviews with diverse writers whose works should appear on the school curriculum (you can explore to those interviews here).

We have partnered with writers festivals in the past, including the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali Indonesia in 2019. The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.

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


The Garret is a labour of love, and we are limited in the number of interviews we can accomodate.

We accept pitches from publishers at any time. We receive many pitches each week and we are discerning.

More often than not, we request interviews with writers, editors, publishers, booksellers and other people doing interesting things in the industry that we think our audience might like.

We are completely independent.


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.

In 2023 she received a scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Melbourne to explore potential and/or perceived barriers to publishing climate fiction in Australia.

She writes book reviews for The Age and Australian Book Review (among others), and in 2021 contributed to the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia.

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

You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com, and you can track her reading on The StoryGraph.