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Astrid Edwards is an interviewer, podcaster and advocate.
She is a bibliophile and hosts two bookish podcasts – The Garret: Writers on Writing and Anonymous Was A Woman. She serves as the Deputy Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and teaches professional writing at RMIT University.
Astrid has Multiple Sclerosis and is a Member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council advising the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers.
I was born in Sydney and moved to Melbourne when I was 30. I know all about the rivalry between the two cities, but I now consider both home. I have close family in both cities, as well as in London in the UK and Phoenix and St Louis in the USA.
I have done some odd things. I’ve taught Classical Latin at a private girls high school, represented the Australian Government at the United Nations in New York, and worked for a private intelligence agency. But one of my favourite jobs has to be my first real job – I was a bookseller, and few things have topped that.
Words matter, and so do the stories we tell ourselves.
Richard Fidler – one of Australia’s best interviewers and well-known radio hosts – praising my interview style and agreeing to be interviewed by me three times!
My book reviews are published in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women, Kill Your Darlings, Australian Foreign Affairs and Australian Book Review. I am also a contributor to Growing Up Disabled in Australia (2021) edited by Carly Findlay.
Reading, writing and storytelling. The climate crisis. Social justice.
Maybe – I’ve done a few TV and radio spots for literary and disability advocacy. More likely though, you’ve heard my voice on either The Garret: Writers on Writing or Anonymous Was A Woman, or possibly even my guest spot on The Guilty Feminist.
Reading is the key to everything for me, and honestly, one day I’d like to spend my days doing only that.