Tom Cartoonist, Cartoonist

Tom Cartoonist is a visual artist and musician who has been based in both Bendigo and Melbourne. He is currently working on a children’s book in his unique style. Tom is an old friend of mine. While this is his first time on Local Chats, I have interviewed him for this site once before. You can…

[Title Of Show] (Alicia Barker, Joel McDonald, Jason McMurray, Abe Watson)

A group of passionate local performers are bringing the Tony nominated musical [Title of Show] to Bendigo. There will be four performances across the last weekend of November. I caught up with the man behind (and starring in) the show’s Bendigo performance, Joel McDonald, along with two of his costars, Alicia Barker and Jason McMurray, and production…

Danielle Wheeldon & David Snowdon, The Nerdy Birdy

The Nerdy Birdy is a children’s book with a strong anti-bullying message. It was self published by author Danielle Wheeldon and illustrator David Snowdon with the aid of crowdfunding through Pozible. I recently caught up with them to talk about producing the book and their resulting success with it. They also offer some advice for…

Geoff Brown, Cohesion Press

Geoff Brown is an Australian writer and founder of publishing company Cohesion Press and editing company Cohesion Author Services. I caught up with him in the aftermath of Bendigo Writers Festival for a chat. We talk about the writing and publishing industry of today and sleeping in asylums. Cohesion Press has a website, as does…

Julius Porlai, Bendigo Blues And Roots Music Festival

A long time enthusiast of blues music, Julius Porlai has been involved with the Bendigo Blues And Roots Music Festival since its beginning and runs the Bendigo Blues Tram. He also presents the weekly KLFM show Track of the Blues with Dr Jules. The monkeys are still interfering with the equipment. An animal control official…

Cable Williams, Elves Dragons & Orcs

Elves Dragons & Orcs is a documentary webseries that looks at how the fantasy genre affects modern entertainment. I caught up with host Cable Williams to discuss fantasy fandom in a modern life. Unfortunately, the monkeys that interfered with the equipment last fortnight returned to raise more mayhem with the equipment. I have since sprayed…

Short Stack (Andy Clemmensen, Shaun Diviney, & Bradie Webb)

This week I met up with the guys from Short Stack who are promoting their new album Homecoming. The band smashed its way onto the national scene with two gold certified albums before separating temporarily in 2012. We talk about coming off from hiatus, the definition of irony, and not meeting John Travolta. Unfortunately, some…

Hazel Edwards, Authorpreneur

Hazel Edwards is best known for her children’s book “There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake”, but she has published over 200 books on a variety of subjects during her career. Some of her other notable releases include “F2M: The Boy Within”, a young adult novel about gender transition co-written with Ryan Kennedy; “Trail…

Bendigo Blues Tram (Erica Hawkey & Tony J King)

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of riding aboard the Bendigo Blues Tram. Here is what it was like: The next Blues Tram is Fathers Day, Sunday 7 September. More information can be found at bendigobluesandroots.com.au/bluestram.html. This year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival will be held 6-9 November. This podcast contains the following…

Michael Robotham, Crime Writer

Last weekend, the Bendigo Writers Festival was in town and I caught up with crime writer Michael Robotham for a chat. We talk about real life inspirations, ghostwriting for a Spice Girl, and encounters with the likes of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. For this episode, I decided to try recording outside. In retrospect, not…

Sue Gillett, Bendigo Writers Festival

Dr Sue Gillett is a lecturer at La Trobe University Bendigo and a program coordinator for the Bendigo Writers Festival. Photo by Megan Spencer. The Bendigo Writers Festival takes place 8-10 August 2014. For more information visit its website: bendigowritersfestival.com.au. As promised, here is the “Bendigo” song from last year’s festival: ‘Bendigo’ Words by the…

Tom O’Callaghan

This fortnight I caught up with my Bendigo Decides co-presenter, Tom O’Callaghan, and we discussed tigers and murders in Nepal. You can read Tom’s blog post, Tigers In The Doorway, at tomwritesstuff.wordpress.com. Tom and I talk politics on Bendigo Decides. Tom can be found on Twitter, @TomBendigo.