Followers of this blog and everyone who knows me well will be aware that after reading books, one of my favorite things to do is engage in conversation with new people – especially if they share a love for literature. Since starting the Bondi Literary Salon nearly three years ago, I’ve been fortunate enough to start a community of like-minded book lovers in Bondi, and I’ve also had the opportunity to interview the likes of Trent Dalton, Holly Ringland, and Brit Bennett (the recently named one of the Next 100 Most Influential People by TIME), these were some of the most joyful moments of my life. And while friends and followers of my blog have suggested starting a podcast over the years, it never really felt like the right time.
It wasn’t until about a month ago, while listening to Kate Mosse on a podcast during my morning coastal hike, that it occurred to me that now was as good a time as any to start my own. I’ve been a book blogger for what feels like a lifetime – I’m lucky enough to have some kind of pre-made audience, and my Desert Island Books series seemed like a natural choice to me to base a podcast on.
I got to work almost immediately – deliberately emailing Kate Mosse to include her as my first podcast guest to make sure I couldn’t step back – and within weeks, The Literary Edit Podcast was launched. I have a number of brilliant guests on the series – some of whom have already participated in my Desert Island Books series on my blog. while others will be new faces whose inclusion in my podcast will – I hope – further broaden the reading horizons of myself, the readers of my blog, and the followers of my podcast. In addition to the Desert Island Books episodes, Jordan Turner, co-owner of Gertrude & Alice, will be putting together monthly readings with me to discuss the books we have loved and hated during the month, The Bondi Literary Salon, and more.
I hope you enjoy listening to my podcast as much as I enjoy doing it!