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Off the Tracks is a brilliant source of content created by Simon Sweetman (who you can see at LitCrawl, here). Simon is a considered and well-researched interviewer which makes his podcast great listening. We’ve picked out a few episodes that feature writers appearing in LitCrawl 2018… super stuff for a long weekend’s worth of interesting entertainment.

Mary McCallum: Mary is publisher at Makaro Press and is author of XYX of Happiness (just out this year). She is also one of the founders of the new The Cuba Press. Mary is hosting two LitCrawl events: Ecology of Mind and Tasters. Simon chats with Mary here: https://offthetracks.co.nz/sweetman-podcast-137-mary-mccallum/

Jesse Mulligan: Jesse is well-known as a TV presenter on The Project and as presenter of Radio NZ’s Afternoons programme. He is appearing at LitCrawl at Short Story Club Live (Short Story Club is a regular feature on his RNZ show. More info on the event here). Simon chats with Jesse here: https://offthetracks.co.nz/sweetman-podcast-136-jesse-mulligan/

Emily Writes: Emily is a one-woman force for good in Aotearoa. She has made parents’ lives around the world that much easier through her writing on both her own blog and on The Spinoff Parents, and through her two books (Rants in the Dark, and Emily Writes & Friends). She hosts Emily Writes & (Girl)Friends at LitCrawl. Emily and Simon chat here:

Bill Manhire: Bill is one of New Zealand’s greatest ever poets. We are delighted to have him in the first ever KidsCrawl which is a collaboration between LitCrawl and Annual. More info on KidsCrawl here, and Bill and Simon chat here:

Helen Heath: Dr Helen Heath is a poet, teacher and mentor. Her latest collection of poetry is Are Friends Electric? Helen discusses the collection with confirmed cyborg Darusha Wehm at LitCrawl here. And Helen spoke with Simon here:

Pip Adam: Winner of the 2018 Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction (for the brilliant The New Animals), Pip Adam is a novelist, short story writer, teacher and podcaster (Better Off Read). Pip is interviewing the wonderful UK poet Raymond Antrobus at LitCrawl and is also appearing in For A Five Year Old and in Lit-Synch for your Life. Pip and Simon speak here:

Chris Tse: Our amazing 2018 LitCrawl Guest Curator! Chris is a poet and author of two collections, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes and He’s So MASC. Chris has curated a bunch of events throughout the Crawl and Extended programmes and is appearing in In Memoriam, Sophomore Year, and The Body Electric. He chatted with Simon here:

Ebony Lamb: One of the most unique and beautiful voices in Aotearoa, Ebony Lamb is a singer songwriter, photographer and is appearing in LitCrawl in For A Five Year Old. Ebony and Simon chat here:

Megan Dunn: Author of Tinderbox, art critic, and mermaid researcher, Megan Dunn is a singular and fascinating voice. Megan is giving an illustrated lecture on her mermaid research (Free event) on Sat 10 November at 1pm at City Gallery. More info here. Listen to Simon and Megan here:

Kirsten McDougall: Publicist at Victoria University Press, author of Tess, and The Invisible Rider, Kirsten will be appearing in Anxiety Understood, as a contributor to the book Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety which a profound and timely collection of personal experiences. Kirsten is also starring in the very first Dead Ladies Show on Sunday 11 November at San Fran. Simon and Kirsten talk here:

Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking: This is an interview with LitCrawl creators from 2017, before they had a baby and did not appreciate sleep enough. https://offthetracks.co.nz/sweetman-podcast-episode-86-claire-mabey-andrew-laking-pirate-queen/