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Acclaimed magazine writers share lessons on long-form journalism

Two of Australia’s most celebrated magazine writers, The Australian’s Trent Dalton and Good Weekend’s Jane Cadzow, join editor Katrina Strickland to discuss the history and importance of long-form journalism, in the third episode of the ‘Stories Worth Telling’ podcast series.

Trent and Jane share how they research, prepare for and write long-form profiles, how they handle tricky interview subjects, and discuss how their craft has evolved over the course of their careers.

The Stories Worth Telling podcast series was created by the Judith Neilson Institute in partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

It celebrates outstanding long-form, non-fiction writing and Indigenous reporting around the world, and provides a global outlook on the history, possibilities and future of journalism.

Jane Cadzow

Jane Cadzow writes for Good Weekend, the magazine published on Saturdays with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She studied journalism at the University of Queensland, and started her career at The Courier-Mail before moving to Sydney to work for The Australian. She then moved to Good Weekend. She has won two Walkley Awards for magazine feature writing. She has two adult sons, and lives near Canberra.

Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He’s a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, published by HarperCollins in 2018, is a much-loved national bestseller and critically acclaimed, winning the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In addition, at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four ABIA Awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across 34 English language and translation territories. Trent’s new novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, will be released in September 2020 by HarperCollins.

Katrina Strickland

Katrina Strickland is editor of Good Weekend, a magazine inserted every Saturday into The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is a former editor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine and author of the 2013 book on artists’ estates, Affairs of the Art.