Penmanship is a podcast about Australian writing culture.

It features interviews with Australians who earn a living from working with words: writers, editors, publishers and songwriters, among others.

Each episode consists of an in-depth, one-on-one conversation about the guest’s career, craft and inner life.

The goal of Penmanship is to provide unique insights into the creative process, mechanics and skills behind the best writing in the country.

The podcast exists to explore the diversity and complexity of Australian storytelling by speaking directly with leading contributors to the field.

Penmanship is hosted by Andrew McMillen, a freelance journalist and author based in Brisbane, Australia. Andrew’s feature journalism has been published in The New York Times, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Rolling Stone, Good Weekend, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, BuzzFeed and The Best Australian Science Writing 2016. Andrew’s first book, Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs, was published in 2014 by UQP. To learn more about Andrew’s work, visit http://andrewmcmillen.com/

The theme song for Penmanship is ‘Eternally Yours‘ by Australian band Laughing Clowns, used with permission of band leader and songwriter Ed Kuepper. I recommend purchasing Cruel, But Fair – The Complete Clowns Recordings via iTunes.

The Penmanship logo and header image was designed and illustrated by Canberra-based cartoonist Stuart McMillen. A view of the full scene is included below; click the image for a closer look.

Logo for Penmanship, a podcast about Australian writing culture, illustrated by Stuart McMillen, 2015