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4 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
EXTRA - Introducing: Fool Me Twice: All About Diamonds
‘Fool Me Twice’ is a podcast about diamonds. Jules and Zara were approached by a woman in Hong Kong who owns a diamond business, and had an incredibly compelling story to tell, full of twists and turns. Hearing her story, Zara became interested in diamonds themselves, and started doing some digging. This podcast follows the story of that scam, and attempts to unravel some of the shadier aspects of the diamond industry as a whole. We interview people related to the scam, a diamond miner, scam experts and individuals with their own personal diamond stories. This 8-episode true crime podcast will have you on the edge of your seat. COMING SOON: Available on Auscast Network and all podcast platforms in July 2021. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/36kbNmH Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3gBgOdR Auscast Network: https://www.auscastnetwork.com/home/fool-me-twiceSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
“You Know Alex” (Watchlist) - Word Docs
The Word Docs have returned! Out of the classroom and back at the mics, Amy, Alex and Sean are dissecting the fertile minds of director Lisa Harper Campbell and actor Gianluca Noble who have brought Alex’s latest play Watchlist to the stage. How do talented people turn scribbles on a page into a live event? Who does it belong to once the author has ‘died’ and the director has left the building? Why does Alex get arrested for public walking? Is it just the beard? We don’t think it’s the beard. Join us! We’re back! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Marlies Hobbs - Episode 19
Writers Read by LiTracey - Getting THAT book in children's hands. On this episode Tracey chats with Marlies Hobbs about the book she has co-written with her husband Jai, 'Financially Literate Youth - FLY'. Plus our regular recommender Rebecca provides her insights into this book.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
'My Medium Career (Ego)' - Word Docs
The Word Docs bare their bruised egos this week and attempt to find a balming (is that a word?) salve. Alex drags Sean and Amy into the cobwebby corners of their psyches, seeking to learn whether ego is a help or a hindrance in an artist's life. This week we'll learn about the book that broke Sean; traverse the Dark Place and the Vague Place; confront mediocrity; and try to ignore the fact that Alex's dad seems to be popping out of the wardrobe. We tackle troubling questions, such as: Is smugness perilous? What projects should we say no to? Where's the line between self-belief and delusion, or self-belief and narcissism? And is Caleb Lewis real? (Spoiler: we don't believe he's real.) Join us for an unusually serious and vulnerable episode Of Word Docs. Please...?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
“There Will Be Nudity” (Pilgrimages) - Word Docs
Before you write your magnum opus – or perhaps during – a visit to a distant shore to get you in the mood and help you find the perfect setting for your novel is not a bad idea. Likewise, visiting the scene of your favourite work can bring you deeper into an author’s mindset. This week, the Word Docs share their tales of pilgrimages. From the ice flats of Antarctica to the oppressive heat of a bathhouse in Shinjuku, the dynamic trio are not afraid to push boundaries and smash social norms...even if it ends in injury and humiliation. Stay tuned for the outtake: It's longer than Alex's novel.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
'Too Much Busyness and Noise' (Downtime) - Word Docs
The Word Docs are stirring from their slumber and weaving their magic – both the whimsical technicolour kind and the wicked dystopian kind – on a raw 2021. How do writers recharge after an insane year? Is downtime part of the process? What do these people do when they're not abusing stationary? You may think the Word Docs simply fold up neatly into cupboards, but no...some of us jog!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
'Ho Ho Ho: Word Docs find the Sanity Clause'
Well, that's it for the grand old dystopian wonderland of 2020. Bring on the New Year! This week, the Word Docs are reflecting on the year that's been: deadlines missed and goals hit, unexpected delights and inevitable tipsiness, real estate bought, sold and fantasised about, and the fact that Amy never delivered on the promised scones. We're making plans for 2021 and even 2022: New bathrooms! Secret disco rooms! Starting our own magic writing school, where Alex will be potions master! Those bloody scones. And we introduce a new segment: Is this illegal? Amy takes the role of Alex's parent; Alex sings, undaunted; Sean promises to DJ for New Year's. Pour yourself a rum and Milo (don't ask) or a cheeky Moscato and settle in for some festive cheer from the three wise elves (is that a thing?). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
"Here’s to Brutality" (Editing and Publishing Live!)
From big structural issues to hooks and semicolons, and everything in-between ... the Word Docs are all over it. Together, Amy, Sean and Alex have edited a lot and been edited even more. In this episode the docs become surgeons, unpacking the editorial process in forensic detail. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Kesta Fleming - Episode 18
Writers Read by LiTracey - getting THAT book in children's hands. On this episode Tracey chats with Kesta Fleming. Kesta reads aloud from her debut chapter book 'Marlow Brown - Scientist in the Making' and our student reviewer Liv gives us her rating of this book. Plus, our regular recommender Rebecca provides her insights on Marlow Brown. In Tracey's tip, Tracey discusses practices that impact reading motivation and the important role of the teacher in helping students find 'that' book.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
"Warts and All" (Living with Art and Artist) - Word Docs
This week, our intrepid Word Docs dig down into the relationship between writers and their words. Can you separate the fiction on the page from the reality of its wider context? Which matters more, the message of the author or the impact of the work? And what happens when your favourite creator turns out to be an appalling human? Join Amy T. Matthews, Sean Williams and a particularly hyper Alex Vickery-Howe as they unpack that thorny relationship between story and storyteller. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
“What Did the ’80s Bring Us?” (Coping with the Unexpected)
There’s no getting around the fact that we live in strange and difficult times, from a global pandemic to a ‘Leader of the Free World’ who refuses to concede defeat –– but, never fear, the Word Docs are here to provide their remedies! Join Amy, Alex and Sean as they unpack the ups and downs of creating new work and telling new stories in the midst of isolation and upheaval. For Sean, it’s about chocolate. For Alex, it’s about Moscato. For Amy, it’s about finding a room without a random relative in it. Every decade has its challenges, and its lessons...now is the perfect time to reflect on where we've been and plan ahead for the tales of tomorrow. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
'Kiss, Date, Marry' (Submitting Your Work) - Word Docs
In this episode, we compare submitting your work to setting up a profile on Tinder. How far can we take this metaphor? Too far. Much, much too far. As a Tinder virgin (metaphorically speaking), Alex is grilling the pros (not a metaphor, although they do get paid for it) on how to submit your work to agents and publishers. How do you find them? How do you talk to them? When are you being too pushy? Do you split the bill? The questions are endless. Don't fret, the Word Docs are here with the ultimate dating guide for writers seeking long-term love in the industry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
‘I’ll Find a Way’ (Research) - Word Docs
This week the Word Docs follow Alice down the rabbit hole and take the academy by the tassels to hash out research outcomes, research expectations and non-traditional research outputs. What is research? How do you do it? Are creative works really so different from scholarly articles? The plucky trio will offer some answers, with only occasional segues into – among other things – honeybees and daises, narcissism and duality, rolling cigarettes, the Elkhorn Mountains, homoerotic cowboys, Matter Transmitters, and Miss Shirley Bassey. But segues, rabbit holes and blind alleys are all part of the researcher’s daily mental adventures...it’s writing them up in a few thousand words that’s the hard part. Like Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, these ‘PhD People’ know that nature, and Sean Williams, always finds a way. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
"Happy Halloween Birthday, Amy" (Outtakes) - Word Docs
It’s that special time of year again, and to celebrate Word Docs lifts the veil on their inability to stick to the subject, keep it clean, or avoid the giggles. This adults-only episode collects unused excerpts from nine months of broadcasting in the hope of bringing good cheer or at least the occasional shake of the head to all our listeners. There may even be a word or two about writing. Happy All Hallow’s Eve, everyone. Don’t forget to scare the kids!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
“Settle Down, Tiger” (Juggling) - Word Docs
In this episode we're talking about how we juggle multiple projects, completely unaided by clones (lazy bastards). This week the Word Docs cram the muse back in her box and adopt a pragmatic approach to this juggling thing. Anti-romantic to the core, we tackle how to be multiple people at once, how to be one person on multiple projects, how to have a life, and whether balance is possible. Just ignore the mental traffic jams and post-deadline crashes and the fact that none of us know who Betty is or why she hijacked the end of the pod. It turns out we have a few strategies for keeping all our balls in the air. If you have balls too then this is the episode for you!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
“We Can Do This” (Return of the Heroes) - Word Docs
They almost succeed. Very, very nearly. This week, Amy, Sean and the other guy do their best to discuss heroes...and end up discussing fairy tales and gender binaries, romantic chemistry and cinema demographics, and anything else that skirts around the issue. Being heroic is hard. Writing heroic characters ain’t a picnic either. Who were the heroes of times gone by? What makes a hero in the modern age? Grab your sword – or your biscuit – and follow the Word Docs as they explore different flavours of heroism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
“Welcome to Thunderdome” (Theme)
Another week, another rant. Place your bets as Amy and Alex face off on a range of issues they more or less politely agree on...while Sean towers with arms folded like a regal Tina Turner. From theme to ideology to politics to rebellion, the Word Docs aren’t afraid to go where Trump and Twitter trolls have gone before. It’s all impressively coherent until Alex forgets to host. Do you catch more flies with honey or with vinegar? Why would you want to catch flies when you have Yo-Yos? Join us for the rumble! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
“Kevin Bacon's Shorts” (Guilty Pleasures) - Word Docs
This week the Docs are exploring some of their guilty reading pleasures, although as usual they don't stick to the topic and other guilts are exposed, not least of them someone's fantasies about Kevin Bacon's shorts. Prepare for the over-caffeinated enthusiasm, as we learn who was the bane of their primary school librarians, who has a sadistic streak, and who is a secret sports buff. High art/ low art divide be damned, we're taking on the hegemonic elite and flying our freak flags. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
“Stimulating and Unnerving” (Teaching Online) - The Word Docs
COVID-19 threw us headlong into online teaching at a moment's notice, requiring flexibility, agility and the fleet-footedness of a moscato-soaked gazelle. Well, it threw Alex and Sean into online teaching and moscato. Amy was on study leave. Now as Semester Two hits, Amy's joining them on the frontlines, but swapping out the moscato for a nice Clare riesling or a McLaren Vale grenache. What tips can the boys offer? How do you convert a curriculum from face-to-face Socratic teaching to the chat rooms and vids of the interwebs? What are the pitfalls? And what are the unexpected benefits? Pop a cork on your wine of choice and get ready for some truth bombs from three dedicated educators in the age of Zoom.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
S01 E04 - New Beginnings... Again - The Middle Way
As Phillipa prepares to start over and protect her daughter from a fate similar to her own, everyone around her appears to have different ideas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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