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Caroline O’Donoghue: The Rachel Incident

‘When we increasingly comb through our art for the moral lessons that it can or can’t teach us, it’s like going to the hardware store to buy milk, you know? Just let it be what it is. The art is static, but you are the thing that keeps changing’ – Caroline O’Donoghue.

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In this episode, Caroline O’Donoghue, bestselling author and host of the award-winning podcast Sentimental Garbage discusses her new novel The Rachel Incident.

Set in Ireland against the backdrop of the post-economic crash of 2009, The Rachel Incident delves into the realm of youthful yearnings, early adulthood, and the bittersweet transition from carefree student to responsible professional.

O’Donoghue joined Abigail Ulman live at the Wheeler Centre for Spring Fling to discuss the danger and delight of youthful dalliances, and the great love story of enduring friendship.



This event was recorded on Thursday 12 October 2023 at the Wheeler Centre as part of Spring Fling.

Featured music ‘Golden Hour’ by Sarah the Illstrumentalist.

Spring Fling was proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund. Special thanks to official bookseller Readings and accommodation partner The Sofitel.

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