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The First Time

The First Time Podcast
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A podcast about the first time…you publish a book. One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Novelists Katherine Collette ( (The Helpline, The Competition) and Kate Mildenhall ( (Skylarking, The Mother Fault, The Hummingbird Effect) discuss the feels and logistics of writing and publishing and speak to Australian and international writers about their books and creative process. Now in its sixth season, The First Time podcast has features more than 200 authors including industry icons Helen Garner, Claire G Coleman, Christos Tsiolkas, Tony Birch, Sarah Winman and George Saunders. The First Time Podcast includes Featured Book segments supported by a range of Australian publishers.


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Latest Episodes

We are coming up to the last episode/s of the season and will have news about the podcast for next year very soon but for now, we're re-releasing an episode from earlier in the year with (American writer) Kevin Wilson... Enjoy! more

4 days ago

This season we are returning to our first-time roots! We hear all the time from listeners who’ve gone from thinking about writing a book to starting to write a book to having their own debut author experience. more

7 days ago

This is a conversation Kate has been waiting years to have. She spoke to Richard Flanagan at the end of his most recent tour, in person at State Library Victoria. more

11 days ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 114 ratings
  • Long time listener

    Long time listener here (since the first episode in real time!) & what I love most about this podcast is the long first time behind-the-scenes look at Katherine Collette’s publishing journey (and the interview with George Saunders;)!!!) So I am very excited to hear we’re going to go on another #FollowAFirstTimer journey with Megan Rogers next year. Wahoo!

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • Hi

    I’m a new listiner and I……don’t think that this pod deserves the love of people

    Apple Podcasts
    Isis inde
    Australiaa year ago
  • Inspiring and informative

    An inspiring and informative podcast about how authors got their start in the publishing world.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • Brendan Cowell

    Everything this man touches is gold. PLUM is brilliant - really hope it makes its way to film/tv/series. Thanks Brendan for being such a shining light for Australian Arts

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 years ago
  • Keeping me sane on my path to publication!

    The first time can be a bit painful. This poddy is a nice smelling balm to all your anxieties, doubts and woes. Good for established and soon-to-be published authors alike.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia3 years ago

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Chart Rankings

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#29 Australia/Arts/Books
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#110 Australia/Arts
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#71 New Zealand/Arts/Books
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#209 New Zealand/Arts

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