Astrid is a bibliophile. She is the host of The Garret: Writers on Writing, and you can read her book reviews in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women, Kill Your Darlings and Australian Book Review. In 2021 Astrid contributed to the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia.
She is one half of Bad Producer Productions, an independent podcast network specialising in arts, comedy and sport (she represents the Arts part). Astrid also judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University.
Astrid is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and the former Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria. Astrid is also a Member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council advising the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. Astrid is also a National Advocate for MS Australia, and she made her debut appearance on Q+A in 2021.
Before embarking on this creative storytelling career, Astrid was an economics and policy consultant for almost a decade. She specialised in climate and social policy, and to this day she is trying to figure out how stories can help to save the planet.