I’ve been the fortunate recipient of several invitations from the Wheeler Centre for Books, Ideas and Writing, our brand-new shiny hub of all things literary in Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature, to do talks and take part in panels. The Wheeler often films their events and here are links to a couple I’ve done so far. It’s an excellent place to catch writers talking and many of their events are free so I recommend it mightily to all Melburnians.

And some other events, including various gigs at writers festivals around the country.


A lovely gig at the Wheeler Centre in May 2016, recasting IN MY SKIN as a bedtime fairytale. In company with David Marr, Chloe Hooper, Erik Jensen and Darren Hanlon. I’m speaking at the 6-minute mark.

A panel I appeared on at Brisbane Writers Festival on drugs and the phenemenon of addiction, hosted by Paul Barclay and ABC’s Big Ideas (podcast), Sept 2015.

A short on-stage interview by Stephen Lang for Outspoken, in Maleny, QLD, Sept 2015 (podcast)

Interview, in parts, on RawCourageTV, digital tv by Margie Warrell, 2015. Part 1, part 2.

‘Understanding Addiction’ panel for 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival, with former Victorian Police commissioner Christine Nixon and founder of International Overdose Awareness Day, SJ Finn. On the ABC Big Ideas website.

Reading from my contribution, ‘The Door Between’ about romance to Ampersand journal, at its launch as part of 2013 Emerging Writers Festival.

Eye of the Storm writers festival at Alice  Springs, April 2013: panel with Krissy Kneen, Anna Krien, Laura Jean Mackay: ‘Hungry Eyes: Women, Sex & Power’, filmed by ABC Big Ideas.

Eye of the Storm festival, panel with Benjamin Law, Pat Grant, Ali Cobby Eckerman: ‘Who do you think I am? Identity, Culture and Stereotypes’, filmed by Big Ideas.

Me on ‘Show and Tell’ website, various chunks of filmed interview (February 2013): on the temptation of taking drugs; on changing my life; On my ‘show and tell’… On being proud of my past; on being pregnant; on relationships; sex tips

Me talking about addiction as part of discussion on ABC Canberra local radio with Genevieve Jacobs, August 2012 (radio file).

Me on ‘Jennifer Byrne presents…’ on ABC television, talking about memoir in panel with Benjamin Law, Jane Clifton and Peter FitzSimons, August 2011.

ACMI Desert Island Flicks gig in July 2011, where I was asked to show clips from and discuss the five films I’d take as a castaway. These are short clips from the event on YouTube.

Porn Wars, at SWF 2011: me, Catherine Lumby, Gail Dines and Leslie Cannold have it out on pornography today.

Me in conversation interviewing Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing (about bar dancers in Mumbai) at Sydney Writers Festival, May 2011.

Miss Misogyny: Why are women so mean to each other? A 20 minute speech I gave for the Lunchbox/Soapbox weekly event at the Wheeler.

Me in a panel on love & literature, with playwright Hannie Rayson, memoirist and journalist Craig Sherbourne, and novelist Steven Carroll at the Wheeler.

Me revisiting the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda, filmed by The Outsiders Guide (recommended) who made a series of films about the legendary boarding house. Budapest, the gentleman interviewing me, has sadly passed away since. Vale Budapest.


Here are some of the interviews I’ve done over the years. So far they are usually about In My Skin but that will hopefully change when The Romantic comes out!

(Edited to add… argh, I am hopeless with keeping this updated. My Facebook page, Official Page for Kate Holden, has more links from recent times…)


A feature in The Guardian Australia, marking ten years since the publication of In My Skin, November 2015

With freshlywordedpress, a blog by Larry Schlesinger, talking about In My Skin, Feb 2013

With Etchings magazine, about ideas of the feminine in my life and books, March 2012

With Melbourne Times Weekly, about doing a Woman of Letters gig, August 2011

With Arts Hub, August 2011, about writing etc.

With Beat magazine for my ACMI ‘Desert Island Flicks’ gig 2011.

With Readings magazine from Readings Bookshops, Melbourne

With The Age money section

With the Safer Injecting magazine, not only about drugs but also writing

About what I’m reading

About how I write

As part of a feature about Melbourne writers and our favourite books about Melbourne…


With Wallace Chapman of Radio NZ, about IN MY SKIN etc, August 2016

With the famous Leonard Lopate in NYC (it’s the Counter Feat item; click to get access to mine)

With Joan Hamburg in the USA

With The Guestroom for ABC Darwin, 2009. (scroll down or use ‘find: Holden’ for my file)



Me at Sydney Writers Festival 2011, talking to Rose Powell from Sydney Writers Centre about both my books and writing in general.

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