Writing Podcast Episode 350 Meet Penguin Random House publisher Laura Harris.

In Episode 350 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Penguin Random House publisher Laura Harris. Do bookshops make your bowels move? Discover how to enter the Spark prize for narrative non-fiction. And congrats to Dinuka McKenzie for winning The Banjo Prize! Plus, we have 3 copies of Nala's World by Dean Nicholson to give away.

Click play below to listen to the podcast. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher Radio. Or add the podcast RSS feed manually to your favourite podcast app.

Show Notes

Do Your Bowels Suddenly Spring to Life in Bookstores? You’re Not Alone—and the Japanese Even Have a Term for It: Mariko Aoki

Congrats to AWC alumna Dinuka McKenzie – winner of The 2020 Banjo Prize!

Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction now open

Publisher in Residence

Laura Harris – Publishing Director – Penguin Random House Young Readers

Laura oversees the wonderful children’s list at Penguin Random House Australia where they publish every book a child could ever want – at all stages of childhood from very young picture books to the most sophisticated of novels for young adults– and everything in between.

Critically acclaimed and best-selling authors pepper the list including Jeff Kinney, John Flanagan, Jacqueline Harvey, Morris Gleitzman and Mem Fox.

Laura has edited and shaped many of the books on the list over her 21 years with the company including works by Mem Fox, Pamela Allen, Graeme Base, Morris Gleitzman, Felice Arena, Melina Marchetta and Sonya Hartnett, to name but a few.

Laura has been a literary judge of many awards, has lectured in Editing and Publishing and has had numerous reviews and articles published.

And while often asked, she has checked with her doctor, who assures her she doesn’t have a novel in her.

Follow Penguin Australia on Twitter

(If you click the link above and then purchase from Booktopia, we get a small commission. This amount is donated to Doggie Rescue to support their valuable work with unwanted and abandoned dogs.)


WIN ‘Nala’s World’ by Dean Nicholson

This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers' Centre

Find out more about your hosts here:

Allison Tait

Valerie Khoo

Or get social with them here:







Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook

So you want to be a writer Facebook group

Share the love!

Interview Transcript

Coming soon.

Browse posts by category
Browse posts by category

Courses starting soon

Do you have a passion for writing? Save up to 40% off 50 courses SEE COURSES


Nice one! You've added this to your cart