Dr Stephanie Russo
Stephanie is a lecturer in the Department of English at Macquarie University. Her main area of research is women's writing of the long eighteenth century, with special attention to the history of the novel, feminism and literature, representations of revolution, and celebrity culture. She is the author of Women in Revolutionary Debate: Female Novelists from Burney to Austen, and she is currently working on a project on the novels of Mary Robinson. When Stephanie's not reading, she's talking about books, so hosting a podcast about books seemed inevitable. Stephanie's greatest achievement is that this podcast reached 10,000 downloads while it was still her birthday in Hawaii.
Dr Michelle Hamadache
Michelle teaches English Studies and Creative Writing at Macquarie University. She's an avid reader who eschewed all forms of sport and play as a child and waited a long time to find Stephanie: someone to talk to about books. When not podcasting, Michelle writes fiction and memoir, and is working on a history of Resettlement Camps in Algeria during the Algerian War for Independence from France (1954-62). She is also assistant editor of Southerly.
The Lighthouse Keeper
Dr Jimmy Van
Jimmy teaches English literature at Macquarie University. His current research involves the manifestation of myth in detective fiction. A self-proclaimed geek and glutton, Jimmy's other interests include, fantasy and sci-fi, theatre, film and television (with a particular focus on literary adaptations) and - of course - food. He is currently working on a blooper reel stitched together from the discarded segments of each podcast episode.