#1527 30 Under 30


How do the way cities are painted in films affect our relationship with them? How many jokes about labia have you seen in a stand-up show?

The Melbourne Writers Festival is turning 30, and to celebrate they’ve highlighted 30 writers under the age of 30 who are doing amazing things.

We showcase some of them in this week’s episode of All the Best, bringing you poetry, audio essays and memoir.


In the claws of the city: Manila in film

Extracted from a piece first published in the Manila Review.

Written and performed by Adolfo Aranjuez

You can catch Adolfo at MWF on literary awards, voicing race, and emerging.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


What’s with all the flappy bits?

Alexandra Neill only saw women at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. It meant heard significantly fewer dick jokes. Instead, she has a realisation about the benefits of joking about all manner of genitals.

This piece first appeared in Spook Magazine.

Written and performed by Alexandra Neill

You can catch Alexandra at MWF on how to be funny.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan


Gone to the Dogs

A poem about power dynamics, love in excess, misplaced loyalties and border collies.

Written by Jessica Yu

Read by Jessica Yu and Samuel Howard

You can catch Jessica at MWF on voicing race and 17 Minute Stories.

Produced by Emma Jensen


You’re Only as Sick as You Feel

Luke Ryan learns how to use a plunger. This story was recorded live at the National Young Writers Festival and was first broadcast on All the Best in episode #1223 The Dark Arts of Storytelling.

You can catch Luke at MWF on how to be funny.

Recorded by Adam Zwi


You can also learn about podcasts with our co-EP, Jess O’Callaghan, alongside Rereaders’ Dion Kagan at Seminar: Podcasting Toolkit.


State Coordinators: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Sky Kirkham

Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Roberto Verzo