Two of Australia’s most beloved and acclaimed magazine writers, The Australian’s Trent Dalton and Good Weekend’s Jane Cadzow, join editor Katrina Strickland to discuss the history and continued relevance of the form.

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

This podcast is available on all major podcast platforms. 

Stories Worth Telling is a series created by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and Sydney Writers’ Festival.


Jane Cadzow (Australian )

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 (Australian)

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 number 1 bestselling debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, broke records to become the fastest selling Australian debut novel ever. It is being published globally across 34 English language and translation territories and has won many major Australian literary prizes including the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2019 Indie Book of the Year, NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writer and People’s Choice, the Indie Book of the Year and a record-breaking four Australian Book Industry Awards. Boy Swallows Universe is currently being adapted for the stage by Queensland Theatre Company and for the screen, with Joel Edgerton attached.

Katrina Strickland (Australian )

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