Astrid Edwards is Director and Host of The Garret, and a co-founder of the original podcast.
She is also Director of Strategy at Bad Producer Productions, a bespoke content creation company. Bad Producer Productions specialises in podcasts, including Game Changers: Radio (shortlisted for Best Arts/Entertainment Podcast 2018 in the Australian Podcast Awards) and Childproof (winner of Best Comedy Podcast 2018).
Prior to all of this, Astrid explored the road-less-travelled. She taught Classical Latin at a private girls school 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, and worked for a private American intelligence agency in Austin, Texas (yes, really).
Astrid is an obsessive reader. As a teenager, her parents had to confiscate her books and bribe her to go out with her friends just so she would see the light of day.
Twenty years later, nothing much has changed. Astrid now spends her free time judging writing competitions, including the 2016 and 2017 Aurealis Awards.
Astrid reads everything, but has a particular love for fantasy and dystopian fiction. Her favourites are Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. The works of literary fiction she always goes back to are Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. She loves tragedy and epic, and has never quite left behind a schoolgirl's morbid interest in Shakepeare's Hamlet and Milton's Paradise Lost. Astrid also reads modern commentary and historical non-fiction (she is currently obsessed with everything by Michael Pollan Hillary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell series). And if she is honest, despite her age she enjoys nothing more than ignoring the world and escaping into a good YA trilogy.