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.
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.
Thanks for listening to Unladylike podcast.
With episode 20, we’ve come to the end of season 2. We’re taking a break over our summer holiday season (apologies to everyone in the northern hemisphere). But we’ll be back early next year.
First up in 2018: an international, interdisciplinary roundtable on academic writing, especially for all of us starting or resuming our studies or research.
So stay tuned.
And thanks again for all your support.
Unladylike heads to Castlemaine State Festival soon for our first live recording.
We’ll be talking with two writers of remarkable nonfiction: Robyn Annear and Lynne Kelly.
It’s on 22 March at 11am in the Theatre Royal Courtyard. Join us if you like, or stay tuned for the episode coming soon: On knowledge.
We’ve been plotting.
Now we have a few live episodes, they ought to keep you occupied for a day or two.
We’ll release a new one each month – or more often if we get a bit excited.
Here’s what we have in mind for a few future episodes of Unladylike.
Ann Goldstein on the art and science of translation, and her work on the novels of Elena Ferrante.
Do writers festivals create programs with gender and diversity in mind? We talk to women making decisions for festivals in the US, New Zealand and Australia.
Anita Heiss and Jessica Walton on perceptions, constraints, representation and freedoms.
Malinda Lo and Rebecca Lim on creating kick-ass protagonists.
Charlotte Wood and Paddy O’Reilly on dreaming, plotting (or not), drafting and redrafting.
Lee Kofman, Silvia Kwon and Maria Katsonis are possibly not such dutiful daughters.
That’s the plan for the next little while. We’ve already recorded some of these, but others are in the calendar-juggling phase. It might turn out differently. Certainly themes can change or emerge when we get into the studio and start talking.
But we want you to know how we’re thinking and what might lie ahead.
Very soon, on Unladylike podcast, you can hear our first few episodes.
And they are stonkers*, if we do say so ourselves.
#1 On story
Vivian Gornick and Sian Prior, both journalists and memoir writers, in conversation about memory, imagination and language.
#2 On friendship
Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell and Cath Crowley talk about portraying friendship in writing for young adults, and their own collaborations.
#3 On editing
Historian Clare Wright and editor Mandy Brett on the process of creating an award-winning bestseller.
#4 On romance
Tessa Dare on romance fiction as a feminist genre, and why readers are in love with love.
#5 On swearing
Novelist Toni Jordan and playwright Patricia Cornelius on the power of purple language.
And after that? You just wait.
noun BRITISH informal plural noun: stonkers
something which is very large or impressive of its kind.
(Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press)
The Unladylike podcast launches in June 2016.