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.
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.
On heroines 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.