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Anna Snoekstra and Ilsa Evans in conversation

From left: Anna Snoekstra, Ilsa Evans and Fran of Robinson's Bookshop
From left: Anna Snoekstra, Ilsa Evans and Janet of Robinson’s Bookshop

Robinson’s Bookshop in The Glen launched Ilsa Evans’s 16th novel, Family Baggage, in March 2023. Anna Snoekstra and Ilsa Evans are in conversation and audience members ask questions. The podcast is at the top of the post and on all good podcasting platforms. The video is below.

Anna Snoekstra

Anna Snoekstra’s latest book, the thriller Out Of Breath, is available in America and the UK as an audiobook. It’s available in Australia as a print version. Anna hopes her books will be released globally in all the shiny versions soon.

Anna Snoekstra is an award-winning author and screenwriter. She lives in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, where she writes from an old football factory in the backstreets of Thornbury.

She is the author of Only DaughterLittle Secrets and The Spite Game. Her novels have been published in over twenty countries and sixteen languages. She has written for The Guardian, Meanjin, Lindsay, LitHub and had short fiction published in The Saturday Paper and The Griffith Review.

Her new novel Out of Breath is out now. Her first audio drama, This Isn’t Happening, is out with Audible late 2022.

You can find Anna at her website, on twitter and Instagram.

Robinson's backdrop referencing Family Baggage
Robinson’s backdrop referencing Family Baggage
Ilsa Evans

On her website, Ilsa says

I was raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne (two parents, three sisters, assorted pets – great childhood) and, after failing matriculation in quite spectacular fashion, joined the RAAF at the age of seventeen. Blissfully unaware of how bad my hair looked, I enjoyed three very enjoyable years before leaving to complete a BA majoring in medieval history – which ably demonstrates how in touch I was with the local job market.

At the same time I also joined the Army Reserves and spent part of the next fifteen years running around in camouflage gear whilst trying to master the intricacies of the M60 machine gun. In 1995, after enjoying (some more than others) a variety of jobs – I found myself back at university, this time completing first a teaching degree before deciding to focus on issues of gender, particularly violence against women. I completed my PhD in 2005, which led to a report on the long-term effects of DV on survivors. Oh, and along the way I managed to collect three children. Mine, not other people’s.

Robinson's Bookshop's display referencing Ilsa Evans's book Family BaggageThat brings us to where I am now; living in a rambling old house in the Dandenongs which has just become, after many (many) years, officially an empty nest. My grand plan is to eventually downsize, preferably to a small, bookcase-lined, minimal-labour apartment in some cultural mecca. In the meantime,  I shall continue what I’m doing now – squeezing public speaking around writing around working in the Higher Education College at Chisholm TAFE (in Melbourne’s south-east). And thoroughly enjoying all of it.

You can find Ilsa at her website and on Twitter.

Acknowledgement of Country

Dark Matter Zine acknowledges working on the unceded Country of the Bunurong Peoples’ of the Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

(I have occasionally acknowledged Country in podcasts. This year I aim to lift my game in many areas, so I plan to Acknowledge Country in every podcast. An Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners can be done by anyone. It’s a way of showing awareness of, and respect for, the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the land where a meeting or event is held. For more information about Country and respect for Australia’s First Nations, read this post that also has links to useful websites.)


Thank you for listening. And thank you Ilsa Evans, Anna Snoekstra and Robinson’s Bookshop in The Glen.

At the moment I’m ill and in pain and have been for a week and a half. So I’m not sure when the next podcast will take place or who I’ll be interviewing. Watch this space.

Stay safe and have fun.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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