Ep14 – Caoirne Ward

Caorine Ward

Ep14.

Caoirne Ward in an emerging musician who knows what he wants.

When it comes to his music, he knows how he wants it to sound and he doesn’t compromise when it comes to his compostions. He’s not apologetic for who he is, his opinions and the success he’s working hard to achieve.

He started off wearing his influences very obviously on his sleeves in YouTube videos, yet now, after writing more than 100 songs, releasing 2 albums and a number of singles his own voice and style is coming through.

Now his music has over tens of thousands of plays on Spotify and his latest song Trying has made it all the way to Triple J.

In our conversation today we get beyond surface impressions. The longer the conversation goes the more of Caoirne comes to the fore. He’s learning his music is genuinely connecting with people and it’s firing him up to do more.

Before we begin today’s chat Caoirne’s kindly allowed me to drop one of his latest tracks, Honest. It’s a perfect post-summer tune filled with chilled out positive vibes. Great minimal composition. Heart on sleave stuff!

Enjoy the track. Hang around for the conversation.

You can check out Caorine’s music and stay up to date with him here:

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Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/

Ep13 – Nigel Featherstone Pt1

Nigel Featherstone
Photo: Andrew Sikorski

Ep13…Pt1

That’s right, folks, this is Part 1, of 2.

Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer whose, powerful new novel, Bodies of Men is to be published by Hachette Australia on the 23rd April – it’s the story of two Australian soldiers who find love on the fringes of the Egyptian desert while World War 2 rages around them.

This book is significant. This story is important. It’s beautifully written. Nigel is the right person to be telling this story at this time.

Great literature and art can sometimes be ahead of its time, yet it acts as the beacon so we can all fix on a common point in the direction we need to go. This book may well be that beacon of how we can further understand each other and learn to live along side others no matter the differences.

When I set out to do this podcast I put sitting down with Nigel to record as one of the big goals for myself. Nigel has been very important to my own creative development since we met in 2014 @ the ACT Writer’s Centre Hardcopy manuscript development program where Nigel was the facilitator and coordinator.

For a couple of years following the program Nigel was a mentor to me, helping me to find ways to create no matter what. Without his involvement, I may not have had the courage to embark on something as crazy as doing this podcast.

In this part of the conversation get spend time on the journey leading up to the writing of Bodies of Men. In Part 2, which is coming out on the 23rd April to coincide with the release of Nigel’s novel, we get deep into the story behind of the story and so much more.

Nigel is a rare character and has a generous artistic soul.

I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

You can stay up to date with all that’s happening in Nigel’s world here:

BODIES OF MEN, a novel to be published by Hachette Australia on 23 April 2019
– launching in Canberra at 6pm on Thursday 16 May at The Street Theatre

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Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/

Ep9 – Trish Morosin

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Thirty, The Series, Producers (L-R) Madeline MacRae, Tricia-Lyn Morosin and Sarah de Possesse

Ep9.

My guest today is, simply put, capital A, amazing.

Trish Morosin is an actor, writer and producer among other things.

What I admire most about Trish is all she has overcome to bring her creative vision to life.

Thirty, season 1, premiered in May 2017 as a 6-part web series. While season 2 has been filmed, Trish along with her fellow producers Madeline MacRae (who stars as Jess) and Sarah de Possesse (who stars as Bianca) still need to raise funds in order to have the show released.

Their goal is reach $20K in crowd-sourced funding and they have less than 20 days to do it!

You can help #teamthirty by making a pledge via their Pozible page here.

Here’s your chance to make a different. It’s all or nothing for Trish – you have to admire such creative bravery.

I certainly do.

If you haven’t already watched Thirty season 1 you can get yourself all caught up here:

You can also find about all about Trish and the rest of the cast and crew here:

Get involved. Make a difference.

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L-R: Alison McGirr as Charlie, Sarah de Possesse as Bianca, Trish Morosin as Dahlia, and, Prudence Holloway as Anna

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Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/

Ep8 – Frances Chapman

Frances

Ep8.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce my guest this week to you, 2018’s Ampersand Prize winner, Frances Chapman.
I’ve had the pleasure to have known Frances for a few years since we first met at a creative writing course @ The Australian Writers Centre in Sydney,
What I admire most about Frances is her work ethic, and make no mistake, she approaches writing like it is a job.
She turns up everyday.
She does the work.
And as a result she’s become an amazing writer of both fiction and non-fiction. All her efforts have culminated in her being awarded The Hardie Grant Egmont Award Ampersand Prize last year for her ‘vibrant’ (their word) debut YA novel, What it Takes.
In our chat today we get stuck right into her journey and her process.
Frances is honest and thoughtful and has all the grit and persistence of someone who’s worked out what it takes to bring her goals and dreams to life.
I can’t express enough how excited I was to get to sit down with Frances to learn more about how she’s become the writer she is.
You’ll love this one.
Check all all that Frances is up to here:

 

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Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/

Ep6 – Jason Dibbs

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Ep6.

Jason is a writer, a maker and a teacher.

I’ve known him as someone who has dedicated his life to searching, exploring and learning. I often think of Jason as someone who, in his quiet moments, is listening for that original frequency that rang out in the moments just before the Big Bang because there might be something there that tells us something about ourselves.

Whatever he does, he does it with a serious and an all consuming intent. He lives very intensely and I was grateful for the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about the stories from his life that has shaped his path.

We go all over the map during this chat and I was pedalling fast to keep up. Jason speaks with a very considered and deliberate cadence yet beneath the calm surface is a mind that’s going at warp speed.

You can stay up to date with Jason here:

“Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny can be heard here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBRCvVpknvg

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Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/

Ep5 – Maxine Fawcett

Maxine

Ep5.

Choosing to live a creative live means you HAVE TO be ready to commit to whatever it is you want to produce.

Whether it’s painting or sculpture or movies, or for me, podcasts, you have to be prepared to push through the tough times. When it’s tough and we still turn up to create, we’re making a statement about how important what we do is to us.

My guest on this episode of What I Don’t Talk About @ BBQs turns up each and every day, no matter what. Maxine Fawcett is a writer, a mother, a wife and wherever she goes she puts all of her heart into what’s she doing.

We talk a lot about how her life has lead her to become the writer she is and how she’s working each and every day to balance all of the important priorities that mean so much to her.

As a creator committed to bringing her stories to the world, I found her very inspring to chat to.

You can learn more about Maxine here:

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Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/