Episode 8

Teenage friendship circles and writing processes as a new mum with Megan Williams

Megan Williams won the 2022 Text Prize for her debut YA novel Let’s Never Speak of This Again. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and their three children.

Our interview begins at  14.00

We've got a Substack publication now! On the last day of the month, we share recommendations for two things we reckon you should read/watch/listen to. The beauty of Substack is you can revisit all our old editions and comment on our episode updates to share your thoughts. Come say hi!

And take a look at our festive recommendations here!

Caitlin recommends: Heartstopper Vol 5

A beautiful continuation of Nick and Charlie's story. This series is perfect, we couldn't love it more.

Michelle recommends: The Gifts by Laura Barnett

A heartwarming festive novel, told through 12 interconnecting stories of people searching for gifts for their loved ones.

In this interview, we chat about:

  • Teenage friendship circles and having a 'best friend'
  • Writing realistic parents in YA
  • Coming up with book titles
  • Exploring different types of grief through a teen lens
  • How Megan wrote around parenting two (now three) small children

Books and other things mentioned:

Let's Never Speak of This Again is available now. Thank you to Text Publishing for providing copies of the book in preparation for the interview

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About your hosts

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Caitlin Toohey

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I've been on bookstagram since 2016, a podcaster since 2017, and worked in publishing since 2019. So books and reading are my entire life. When I'm not reading, I like listening to Taylor Swift, watching sitcoms, and generally being a theatre kid.
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Michelle Gately

Hi, I'm Michelle! I'm an Aussie living in the UK, working as a bookseller at Waterstones. I'm obsessed with storytelling in all its forms – I spend as much time watching TV or listening to podcasts as I do reading. Other hobbies include bouldering, hiking and generally obsessing about my pug Percy.