My guest today is Astrid Edwards. The host of The Garret: Writers on Writing, you can also read her book reviews in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue and Australian Book Review. In 2021 Astrid contributed to the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia.

She is one half of Bad Producer Productions, an independent podcast network specialising in arts, comedy and sport (she represents the Arts part). Astrid also judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a Member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council advising the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, making her debut appearance on Q+A in 2021.

Before embarking on this creative storytelling career, Astrid was an economics and policy consultant for almost a decade. She specialised in climate and social policy, and to this day is trying to figure out how stories can help save the planet.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, Astrid left the consulting world to pursue what she loves: books, ideas and storytelling. And the world is so lucky she did.

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Show credits:

Editing – RAW Collings

Music – Avocado Junkie