26. On characters

We talk to two long time friends, Sarah Dollard and Lili Wilkinson, on how they approach writing character for the screen and on the page. We hear them discuss how they met, their approach to writing characters (even if they’re not human), and what makes for a great hero or villain.

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Our guests


Sarah Dollard began her screenwriting career on Neighbours. Her career since then has seen her work on iconic series such as The Saddle Club Merlin, Primeval, Being Human,.and Doctor Who, She created and wrote her own rom-com series Cara Fi (in Welsh with English subtitles). She has worked on TV adaptations of Frances Hardinge’s YA novel “Cuckoo Song” and Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches.


Lili Wilkinson is the author of ten books, including Scatterheart, Pink and The Boundless Sublime. She established insideadog.com.au, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize in her years working at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers. Her latest novel is After the Lights Go Out.

Our thanks to Michael for kindly allowing Unladylike to borrow his wonderful studio for the recording of this episode.