the creative life podcast with penni russon

The Creative Life Podcast Episode Ten

This week’s guest is Penni Russon. She is author of The Undine Trilogy, The Indigo Girls, Little Bird and other titles including Only Ever Always, which was a winner of the West Australian Premier’s Book Award and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She is currently undertaking a PhD and also blogs at which is where I first discovered her work. Literature lovers take note – this is rich with book references and even a creative writing exercise or two. Enjoy!

Subjects Discussed

  • Penni’s childhood in Tasmania and what she read.
  • Penni’s perfect writing conditions.
  • How she teaches writing YA to young adults and what exercises she assigns to help.
  • The parallels between being a teenager and a parent.
  • Her thoughts about blogging – and the story of how we met.

Books Mentioned

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal
The Babysitters Club books by Ann Martin
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Are you in the house alone? by Richard Peck
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn
My Sister Sif by Ruth Park
The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett
A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler
The Green Road by Anne Enright

Other authors mentioned include:

Betsy Beyers, Nina Bawden, Rumer Godden, Beverley Farmer, AS Byatt, Marina Warner, Virginia Andrews, John Marsden, Paul Zindel, Scott Westerfeld, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Gardam, Gabrielle Wang, Kirsty Murray, Elizabeth Jolley.

Video from the book launch of Only Ever Always

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Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity