The Creative Life Podcast


The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Twenty-Seven

This week’s guest is Kelly Gardiner – award-winning author, educator and co-host of the Unladylike podcast. Her latest novel is 1917: Australia’s Great War. This was a fascinating talk – pirates, sword fighting, Vikings, War & Peace and a whole lot more. She can be found on Twitter.

Books, Topics Discussed and Recommended Reading

Her novel 1917 making the 2018 CBCA Notables list.
Her formative reading and writing years.
Her fencing experience, love of the sport and her pick for the best sword fight in a movie.
How to juggle lots of projects and passions.
How not to become overwhelmed by research.
Tips on maximising the success of a research trip.
The difference between writing fantasy and historical fiction.
Advice to writers considering a creative writing PhD.
Kelly advises me as to how I could finally finish War & Peace.

Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity by Karen Andrews
The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
Leon Garfield
Rosemary Sutcliff
Geoffrey Trease
Henry Treece
Ronald Welch
Charles Dickens
The Brontes
Jane Austen
Victor Hugo
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

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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 (October, 2017).