In today’s episode, the final for this season, we speak with not one but three incredible guests to discuss their contributions to the powerful poetry collection Fire Front: First Nations poetry and power today. Steph is joined by editor and contributor Alison Whittaker, editorial assistant and contributor Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi, and contributor Laniyuk.
Episode Twenty-Seven: Bernadette Green
Debut children’s book author Bernadette Green joins us to discuss picture book based on her own experiences, the collaborative relationship between author and illustrator, and rainbow families (including Steph’s experience as an egg donor).
January 18, 2021
Episode Twenty-Six: Corrie Chen
Award-winning director and screenwriter Corrie Chen joins us to discuss working in the local screen industry, diversity in the Australian arts community and tips for work-life balance when working from home.
January 14, 2021
Episode Twenty-Five: Laura Jean McKay
Delightful writer Laura Jean McKay joins us to discuss releasing a novel about a pandemic during a pandemic, performing animal voices and recording audiobooks, and advice on healthier ways to consume the news.
January 11, 2021
Episode Twenty-Four: Jess O’Callaghan
Professional podcast producer and Audiocraft festival manager, Jess O’Callaghan, joins us to discuss trends in podcasting, how to reimagine real life events when they can’t be IRL, and tips for podcasting from home.
December 15, 2020
Episode Twenty-Three: Aileen Moreton-Robinson
Special guest Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson joins us to discuss the 20th anniversary re-release of her seminal book Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism and what it means to be an Indigenous feminist.
December 10, 2020
Episode Twenty-Two: Ellena Savage
Writer-genius Ellena Savage joins us to discuss launching her debut book Blueberries during COVID-times, her approach to personal and academic writing, and her decision to quit Twitter.
December 5, 2020
Episode Twenty-One: Veronica Sullivan
In this very special episode we shine the spotlight on one of our own, beloved Sisteria co-host Veronica Sullivan. We discuss balancing multiple jobs as an arts worker, tips for travel and self care, and her emotional but important decision.
December 13, 2019
Episode Twenty: #MeToo, Creativity and the Law
This episode is an edited version of a live recording we did in November 2019 titled #MeToo, Creativity and the Law in Australia. The event was hosted in partnership with Melbourne-based community group And Also Presents, recorded at Siteworks in Brunswick, supported by the Moreland City Council Community Grants Program.
Episode Nineteen: Rainbow Chan
The talent behind our theme music, Rainbow Chan, joins us to discuss her show at the NGV the night before, her new album Pillar and working on interdisciplinary art projects with her mum.
Episode Eighteen: Arrogant Aunts at Audiocraft
In August 2019, we were super lucky to record a live show at Audiocraft podcast festival in Sydney. For this special Arrogant Aunt session we were joined by two amazing advice givers, Sisteria-fave and Hey Aunty Podcast host Shantel Wetherall and Christina Choi, a senior producer on Spotify’s creative development team in NYC.
Special Summer Series: Teaser
As we move into the holiday season, we have a special gift for you: a limited run summer series!
December 11, 2019
Episode Seventeen: Geraldine Hickey and Shantel Wetherall
It’s Sisteria LIVE! Comedian Geraldine Hickey and Hey Aunty! podcast host Shantel Wetherall join us on the eve of International Women’s Day for our Season Two finale. The team covers everything from earning a living as a creative to the Australian comedy sisterhood, as well as tackling a special bonus Arrogant Aunt question about starting your own podcast.
March 8, 2019
Sneak Peek: Sisteria Live with Geraldine Hickey & Shantell Wetherall
Season Two of Sisteria is coming to an end – but not without a very special final episode coming your way shortly! Here’s a sneak peak on what we’ve got in store, and why you should definitely be setting your calendar alert/alarm/reminder to make sure you don’t miss our last offering for the season.
March 2, 2019
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt with Kristy Dickinson
In this Mini Episode, Haus of Dizzy creator Kristy Dickinson joins us to talk through an Arrogant Aunt question every creative has asked themselves – how the hell do you get started when it comes building a project or idea, and how do you know if it’s actually any good?
February 24, 2019
Episode Sixteen: Evelyn Ida Morris
Musician Evelyn Ida Morris joins us to discuss exploring their non-binary identity through songwriting and performance, the realities of activist burnout, and getting a smooch from Jimmy Barnes at the ARIAs.
February 17, 2019
Episode Fifteen: Kristy Dickinson
Kristy Dickinson is putting what she wants to say out into the world, one earring at a time. The Wiradjuri designer and self-described ‘Queen of Bling’ joins us to talk the complexities of letting people in to help with the creative process, and why she’s determined to reclaim being a ‘dizzy mole’.
February 10, 2019
Episode Fourteen: Judy Horacek
Judy Horacek’s pointy-nosed characters are taking up more space on the page and in the street. The cartoonist, writer and children’s book creator joins to talk the complexities of making art for a living, and why realising what she wanted to say was the key to creating her iconic characters.
February 3, 2019
Episode Thirteen: Gemma Flack
Gemma Flack is marking their body in their own way (and thinks you should consider it too). The artist, zine maker and musician joins to talk the weird and wonderful world of tattooing culture, drawing on paper vs. inking on flesh, and the importance of making things with your hands.
January 27, 2019
Episode Twelve: Aretha Brown
For our first episode of 2019 we’re joined by young powerhouse Aretha Brown to discuss life after high school, the importance of education about Indigenous culture, and the toll of Invasion Day as an Aboriginal activist.
January 20, 2019
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt Holiday Special (Part Two)
For our last Episode for 2018 (!), Steph Van Schilt and Ronnie Sullivan are tackling the weirdness of this holiday season, and a big point of stress for many – are New Year’s resolutions bullshit? Is setting goals to better ourselves in the new year worth it in the end, or are they doomed to fail?
December 23, 2018
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt Holiday Special
In this Mini Episode we address the giant elephant in the room: the silly season. Hosts Steph Van Schilt and Veronica Sullivan talk saving vs. spending, negotiating holiday cheer, and the art of re-gifting.
December 19, 2018
Episode Eleven: Mojo Juju
Haters gonna hate but musician Mojo Juju isn’t afraid. She joins us to discuss the influence of her family history on her latest album Native Tongue, butch femininity, and being a vocal part of the conversation around representation.
December 16, 2018
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt with Leah Jing
This Mini Episode takes on one of our biggest questions yet: are memes a vehicle for creativity, or just garbage? Leah Jing joins the team to find the answer.
December 13, 2018
Episode Ten: Leah Jing
Shining bright or burning out? Writer and photographer Leah Jing joins us to discuss the challenges of being a young creative, authenticity in photography, and the burden of ‘rep sweats’.
December 9, 2018
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt with Laura Du Vé
In this Mini Episode Laura Du Vé joins the Sisteria team to tackle an Arrogant Aunt question on how to get through the hairiest parts of the holidays, including surviving difficult family dynamics, engaging in problematic conversations, and how to secure that second serving of pavlova.
December 5, 2018
Episode Nine: Laura Du Vé
Photographer, plus size model and body positivity activist Laura Du Vé joins us to chat about the Australian fashion industry, makeup as a means of self-expression, and finding your people online.
December 2, 2018
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt with Jess Knight
In this Mini Episode Jess Knight joins us to tackle an Arrogant Aunt question on the perils of public speaking, and why picturing the audience in their underwear definitely isn’t the answer.
November 28, 2018
Episode Eight: Jess Knight
Writer, zine-maker and comedian Jess Knight joins us to discuss her autobiographical one-woman show Mormon Girl, how chronic illness has impacted and influenced her creativity, and losing her virginity.
November 25, 2018
Mini Episode: Arrogant Aunt with Jessica Lukjanow
In our first Mini Episode we take a peek behind the scenes of the podcast and introduce the newest member of the Sisteria team, producer Jessica Lukjanow. Jess joins us to tackle an Arrogant Aunt question, and offers some sage advice for anyone who’s ever felt nervous about starting a new job.
November 20, 2018
Episode Seven: Michelle Law
And we’re back! For our season two premiere, playwright, actor and screenwriter Michelle Law joins us to chat about her recent trip to Hollywood, her earliest forays into writing, and the joys and challenges of creating the award-winning web series Homecoming Queens.
November 18, 2018
Episode Six: Julie Koh
In our season one finale, satirist Julie Koh joins us to discuss switching careers, experimental short fiction, and whether satire can change the world when it feels like the world is satirising itself. Plus, a bonus for our listeners – the audio of Julie’s reading at the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2017 Program Launch.
May 15, 2017
Episode Five: Candy Bowers
In this episode, writer, theatre maker and hip hop artist Candy Bowers joins us to discuss losing love for The Cosby Show, representation in Australian comedy and TV, and how to call people out (even when they cry).
April 27, 2017
Episode Four: Jessica Alice
In this episode, writer, poet and Program Manager of the Melbourne Writers Festival Jessica Alice joins us to discuss poetry as a truthful political medium, pathways to a career in arts programming, and the intricacies of modern dating etiquette.
March 23, 2017
Episode Three: Alicia Sometimes
In our special International Women’s Day episode, poet and broadcaster Alicia Sometimes joins us to talk about championing other women’s successes, the humour and poetry of science, and feminism and footy in the context of the new AFLW league.
March 8, 2017
Episode Two: Amy Gray
In our latest episode, writer and feminist Amy Gray joins us to chat about motherhood, RuPaul, naked selfies, the politicisation of women’s bodies, and how we can maintain the rage and take positive political action in the post-Trump world.
February 15, 2017
Episode One: Hannah Kent
In our debut episode, best-selling novelist Hannah Kent joins us to discuss her new novel The Good People, the importance of literary journals as training grounds for emerging writers and editors, and battling self-doubt, creative anxiety and the desire to do too much.