Followers of this blog, and anyone who knows me well, will be well aware of the fact that after books, one of my favourite things to do is to strike up conversations with new people – particularly if they have a shared love of literature. Since launching The Bondi Literary Salon almost three years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to forge 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 (who was recently named by TIME as one of the next 100 most influential people), which have been some of the most joyous moments of my life. And while over the years friends and followers of my blog have suggested I start a podcast, it never really felt like the right time.
It was only a month or so ago, while I was listening to Kate Mosse on a podcast while on my morning coastal walk, that it occurred to me that now was as good a time as any to launch one of my own. Having been a book blogger for what feels like a lifetime – I’m lucky enough to have a ready-made audience of sorts, and my Desert Island Books series felt like a natural choice to base a podcast on.
I set to work almost immediately – and deliberately emailed Kate Mosse to lock her in as my inaugural podcast guest to ensure that I couldn’t back out – and within a couple of weeks, The Literary Edit Podcast was launched. I’ve got a number of brilliant guests lined up – some of whom have already taken part in my Desert Island Books series on my blog; while others will be new faces whose inclusion on my podcast will – I hope – continue to expand the reading horizons of myself, readers of my blog, and followers of my podcast. Alongside the Desert Island Books episodes, Jordan Turner, co-owner of Gertrude & Alice, will be joining me for monthly reading round-ups, in which we’ll be discussing the books we loved and loathed during the month, take-outs from The Bondi Literary Salon and much, much more.
I hope that you enjoy listening to my podcast as much as I enjoy making it!