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FD Monday September 19 2011: Rob Wilson and the Rereaders
September 25, 2011 04:07 PM PDT

This week we’re dedicating the first part of the show to poetry. Sydney-based poet Rob Wilson has spent the last few years working on a book of poetry called 6am in the Universe by poet Benjamin Frater, and he recently talked to Final Draft’s Madeleine James about the process of writing and editing the book.

And before we go this evening, a look at a brand new project – The Rereaders is a literary and cultural podcast featuring Sam Twyford-Moore, Rebecca Giggs and Fiona Wright.

Rob Wilson, 6am in the Universe by Benjamin Frater published by Grand Parade Poets - interview by Madeleine James

The Rereaders - Sam Twyford-Moore, Rebecca Giggs and Fiona Wright. For more info go to: www.therereaders.com

FD Monday 12 September 2011: Re-imagining Australian history
September 11, 2011 05:00 PM PDT

Tonight a show all about re-visiting and re-imagining Australian history, we talk with two authors who have taken inspiration from key figures and events in the history of this country for their new novels.

First up, the controversial dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975 is the basis of Nicholas Hasluck new political thriller, Neda Vanovac speaks with him about family, politics and the Cold War.

We also hear from author and actor, Peter Docker about his second novel, The Waterboys, set in an apocalyptic future in a continent caught up in a violent struggle for control of water. I speak with him about violence, grog and his relationship to Country.

Nicholas Hasluck, The Dismissal - published by Fourth Estate - interviewed by Neda Vanovac

Peter Docker, The Waterboys, published by Freemantle Press - interviewed by Jeanavive McGregor

FD Monday 22 August: Australian Book Week
August 29, 2011 01:00 AM PDT

Last week was Australian book week, now in its 66th year.

Tonight we will be airing an interview of a different sort to celebrate. Final Drafter Martin Hewetson and his eight year old daughter, Eve Hewetson interview young adult author, Richard Newsome.

We also hear from Paris based journalist now author, Caroline Brothers about her first novel Hinterland about the almost invisible, dangerous journey many children from war-torn Afghanistan and Somalia make across Europe in search of a better life.

And finally we will hear a review by of Jane Eyre – the book and the latest adaptation to film.

Richard Newsome, The Billionaire's Curse - published by Text Publishing and interview by Eve and Martin Hewetson.

Caroline Brothers, Hinterland - published by Bloomsbury Press and interview by Jeanavive McGregor.

Review of Jane Eyre by Catriona Menzies-Pike

FD Monday August 15 2011: Goldie Goldbloom
August 15, 2011 01:00 AM PDT

This week we are dedicating the show to Australian author, Goldie Goldbloom. We chat about growing up in remote, wheat belt country in Western Australia, the Australian voice in her head, about loss and desire and the ability of fiction to push into the darker, taboo secrets we all carry.

We will be chatting with her about her debut novel The Paperbark Shoe and her latest collection of short stories, We Lose These. And later we will hear a reading from her next novel, working title: The Bearded Lady falls in Love.

Goldie Goldbloom, The Paperbark Show and We Lose These – published by Freemantle Press

FD Monday August 1 2011: Crime fiction
August 07, 2011 07:51 AM PDT

This week we are exploring the wonderful world of crime fiction – the crims, the heists and the cops that catch them.

Most of the time we draw our crime reading from the international fare – dominated for a long time by the Brits, we cut our teeth on Agatha Christie and moved on to the proper novels of PD James, there are the delicious tales of Donna Leon’s Venetian Brunetti series, the terrifying tales of Swedish Henning Mankle. But what about Aussie fiction? Drawing on our criminal past and the harshness of the landscape, Australian crime writers are making their mark.

First up with hear from Derek Hansen who manages to mix comedy, hit men, $3 million bucks and a small drought ravaged town in his novel, A Man You Can Bank On. We'll hear from writer Ross Gibson, who spent five years in the attic of the Justice & Police Museum filtering through half a million crime scene negatives from the 1940s and '50s.

And later in the show we learn about the latest James Bond instalment by Jeffery Deaver.

Derek Hansen, A Man You Can Bank On, published by Hachette – interviewed by Neda Vanovac

Ross Gibson, The Summer Exercise, published by the University of Western Australia Press – interviewed by Jeanavive McGregor

Jeffery Deaver, Carte Blanche – review by Neda Vanovac

Show produced by Neda Vanovac and Jeanavive McGregor

FD Monday 11 July 2011: Reviews by the fire
July 11, 2011 01:00 AM PDT

This week a show centered on the art of reviews. Each and every reader ends up with a bit of a reviewer in them – what we love or hate, what we recommend or never finish – is very personal, very different.

We hear from Jay Fracaro on world of the music producer Rick Rubin and Rochelle Fernandez’s review of Sonia Faleiro’s book Beautiful thing that investigates the underworld of Mumbai’s bar girls.

And we cosy up with Final Drafter Madeleine James, her mother and sister and a crackling fire to find out about their relationship with books.

Sonia Faleiro, Beautiful Thing, published by Black Inc – review by Rochelle Fernandez

Jake Brown, ‘Rick Rubin in the Studio’, published by ECW Press – review by Jay Fracaro

Fireside chat – produced by Madeleine James

FD Monday 4 July 2011: Moving Online
July 04, 2011 01:00 AM PDT

This week we are taking a look at the continuing growth of online literary magazines and what it offers the young, the loyal and the down and out. We speak with those behind a mysterious new literary project devoted to TV called the Channelling and we meet Mark Mordue, who was tired of bloodless travel writing and devoted his issue of an online magazine to bringing it back to life.

We also revisit an interview from earlier this year with Ivor Indyk about the end of his magazine HEAT and the possibility of its online rebirth.

FD Monday June 20 2011: It takes two
June 20, 2011 04:41 PM PDT

This week we are talking about literary collaborations. First up Neda Vanovac speaks with Award-winning children’s author Anna Fienberg and illustrator Kim Gamble about fairytales and their 20 years working together.

And we revisit an interview with Glenn Fowler and Christopher Smythe, the real funnymen duo behind a fictitious old codger who successfully spoofed many of this country’s most reputable newspapers.

Illustrating worlds with Kim Gamble and Anna Fienberg – produced by Neda Venovac

Glenn Fowler, Christopher Smythe and Gareth Malone, Dear Editor: The Collected Letters of Oscar Brittle, UNSW Press - interviewed by Nija Dalal (first air 9 November 2009).

FD Monday 13 June 2011: Leslie Cannold
June 13, 2011 01:00 AM PDT

This week a show about fiction that re-examines what we know with a feminist twist. First up, Catriona Menzies-Pike speaks with author, commentator, ethicist and social activist, Leslie Cannold about her debut novel that asks - what if Jesus had had a sister? What would that change? Anything at all?

And we will revisit a review of Angela Carter's dark and raunchy re-workings of traditional fairy tales.

Leslie Cannold, The Book of Rachael, Penguin - interviewed by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber, Vintage - reviewed by Sara Peel

FD Monday 30 May 2011: Penguin Plays Rough with Anna Perera
May 30, 2011 01:00 AM PDT

This week more from the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Final Draft’s Neda Vanovac catches up with Pip Smith, founder of Penguin Play Rough, the popular monthly event that offers writers a forum for reading their short fiction. They chat about being as silly, as crazy and as free as you want with writing.

And we speak with young adult author, Anna Perera, about her latest book on the slums of Egypt ‘The Glass Collector’ and ask her why children should read about difficult subjects

Anna, Perera, 'The Glass Collector,' published by HarperCollins - interviewed by Jeanavive McGregor

Pip Smith founder of 'Penguin Plays Rough' - interviews and production by Neda Venovac.

Music – “Come North With Me Baby, Wow” by Belles Will Ring (regular performers at Penguin Plays Rough.

Listen to two examples of the wonderful writing antics at these PPR soirees below:

Unfortunately, I Can’t Completely Disregard The Christian God by David Finnigan (8.40 mins)

A Story Response by Amelia Schmidt (5.44 mins)

For more click here: Penguin Plays Rough







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