Susan Midalia and Laurie Steed discuss their latest novels, Western Australian books to watch and the very special art of mentoring

The Fremantle Press Podcast
The Fremantle Press Podcast
Susan Midalia and Laurie Steed discuss their latest novels, Western Australian books to watch and the very special art of mentoring

In this special Love to Read Local edition of the Fremantle Press podcast, novelist, journalist and Fogarty Literary Award shortlister, Emma Young, interviews her writing mentor Laurie Steed as well as her writing mentor’s mentor, Susan Midalia. Sound complicated? It’s not, it’s awesome.

The podcast highlights the supportive network of Western Australian writers who, while working on their own craft and their own manuscripts, give back by helping less experienced writers develop their craft. The fact that Laurie and Susan have been particularly active in the mentoring space is strongly evident here as they discuss a long list of new and forthcoming Western Australian books they’re excited about – many of which they’ve read as early manuscripts.

Susan and Laurie are both avid and intelligent readers, and skilled writers of short stories, which get a special mention here. If you’ve ever thought a short story is just a precursor to a novel, think again. This podcast will help you understand why the short story is its very own art form!


About Love to Read Local by Writing WA

Love to Read Local is a state-wide, online celebration of Western Australian stories, books and writers. While we remain at a social distance in the physical world, let’s get socially closer in the digital world. Visit the Love to Read Local website to connect with other readers, tell us which local books you love to read and perhaps inspire others to read those books too!

Books by Emma Young

The Last Bookshop (coming soon, Fremantle Press 2021)

Emma’s website:

Emma on socials @Emma_J_Young on Twitter @EmmaYoungWrites on Facebook

Books by Laurie Steed

You Belong Here

Shibboleth & other stories (editor)

Nova by Laurie Steed (coming soon, TBC)

Laurie’s website:

Laurie on socials: @LaurieSteedAuthor on Facebook and Instagram

Books by Susan Midalia

Everyday Madness (coming soon, Fremantle Press 2021)

The Art of Persuasion

The History of the Beanbag and other stories

Feet to the Stars and other stories

An Unknown Sky and other stories

Susan’s website

Susan on socials @SusanMidalia on Twitter

Other books, authors and resources mentioned on the podcast

Jane Austen

Eye of a Rook by Josephine Taylor (February 2021, Fremantle Press)

Fabulous Lives by Bindy Pritchard

Father of the Lost Boys by Yuot A. Alaak

‘Five Short Stories You Must Read’ by Wayne Marshall

Hovering by Rhett Davis (winner of Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards)

Locust Summer by David Allan-Petale (coming soon, Fremantle Press 2021)

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

The Night Village (formerly known as ‘She Came To Stay’) by Zoe Deleuil (coming soon, Fremantle Press 2021)

The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske

The Boat on Trusting Street by Mel Hall (formerly known as ‘The Shapes’, coming soon, Fremantle Press 2021)

Ways of Being Here (various authors)

Well Behaved Women by Emily Paull

Westerly Magazine

‘Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’ Joyce Carol Oates – a short story available in many anthologies and in this edition from Rutgers University Press edited by Elaine Showalter.

Awards mentioned

Peter Carey Short Story Award

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Mentoring providers mentioned

Centre for Stories Mentoring Program

Four Centres Emerging Writers Program

Westerly Writers’ Development Program

Music: ‘Letter to a Daughter of St George’, from the Meat Lunch EP: Songs from Floaters. Written by Alan Fyfe. Performed by Trevor Bentley (guitar and vocals – @trevormb) and Chris Parkinson (harmonica). Produced by Blake Carnaby of Nuglife studios with impresario work by Benjamin P. Newton.

Producer: Claire Miller

Mastered and edited by: Aidan d’Adhemar

Sponsor: This show was made possible with a grant from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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