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Final Draft is a space on the air where big names of arts and culture sit cheek-by-jowl with those just beginning to make their mark. Each week we serve up a mix of interviews with writers, reviews of new, classic and cult titles, readings of original work, short features and documentaries, and news about literary events, prizes and publishing opportunities.

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Saturday April 8th - Sydney Writers Festival Program Launch

Today on the show Andrew discovers a new YA novel from an award winning Australian author and get's excited about the Sydney Writers Festival Program with artistic director Michaela McGuire...

The Silent Invasion is James Bradley's first foray into YA. Positing a future torn assunder by the strange invasion of alien spores that slowly change their infected hosts. It follows the story of Callie as she tries to escape to safety with her infected sister. At the forefront of the Cli-Fi genre, it explores the growing impact of climate change on our world.

Discover the full Sydney Writers Festival program at swf.org.au

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday March 25th - Randolf Stow in the Aussie Classics Bookclub

Welcome to the second of Final Draft's Australian Classics Bookclub!

Andrew is joined again by David Winter from Text Publishing, and together they are travelling through the Australian Outback in the drought stricken near future of Randolf Stow's Tourmaline. A bleak and disturbing look at our psychology; David and Andrew explore what Tourmaline has to say about us as Austrlians.

Later in the show Andrew speaks with legendary Australian writer Frank Moorhouse about the writing way of life...

Produced by Andrew Pople 

Saturday March 18th - A History of Violence

Today on the show Andrew is visited in the studio by 2016 Booker Prize nominated author Graeme Macrae Burnet. Together they discuss his debut novel The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau and explore the nature of violence in Burnet's novels.

Also on the show, an encore performance of the Tuesday Bookclub with Brekky host Nic Healy discovering I Hate The Internet by Jarett Kobek.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday March 11th - Non-fiction Dates and Smells

Today on the show we're exploring the world of non-fiction writing (y'know, thjat other part of the bookstore) with two works from prominent Australian writers.

The Helen 100 takes us into Helen Razer's world as she seeks to bounce back from break up by going on one hundred dates in a year. What do BDSM, libraries and home delivery bbq chicken have in common? You'll just have to listen in to find out!

Kate Grenville has always been plagued by headaches at odd times, but it is only recently she discovered that it is artificial fragrences destroying her peace of mind. The Case Against Fragrance explores the plethora of smells we douse ourselves in each day, and the potential harm they are doing to our bodies.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday March 4th - New Australian Fiction

Today on th3e show discover two new Australian novels... 

The Things We Promise is from celebrated young adult fiction novelist J.C. Burke. Taking us back to 1990, The Things We Promise explores one family's struggle to come to terms with HIV and the growing stigma within the community.

To the Sea is the debut novel from Christine Dibley. Set on Tasmania's rugged coast it is a mystery with a difference as we struggle to decide what is real and what is mythology...

Produced by Andrew Pople

Gig Guide...

The All About Women Festival is on the Sydney Opera House this Sunday and it features a host of extraordinary literary talent including Clementine Ford, Zoe Norton Lodge and Julia Baird.

All About Women Festival 

Sunday March 5th

Sydney Opera House 

Tix from sydneyoperahouse.com

Saturday February 25th - The Inaugural Australian Classics Book Club!

Welcome to the inaugural Final Draft Australian Classics Book Club!

The Australian Classics Book Club explores Australian writing from across our history and delves into the stories that have helped define us as a nation.

Starting off the book club Text Publishing senior editor David Winter joins Andrew to discuss 'The Women in Black' from Madeleine St John.

St John is something of a recluse of Australian writing. Her published career was short; four novels over six years when she was already in her fifties. She became the first Australian Woman shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1997 for her third novel 'The Essence of the Thing'. For our first book club we'll be discussing Madeleine St John's first novel 'The Women in Black'.

Published in 1993, 'The Women in Black' takes us back to Sydney of the late 50's and Goodes department store. There we enter the realm of Ladies Cocktail Frocks and the rarified air of Model Gowns at the zenith of the silly season and the onslaught of the post Xmas sales. In this dark satire we follow the lives of the women working to outfit Sydneysiders for the party season and the turns of their lives at the cusp of the sixties.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday February 18th - Supernatural!

This week on the show we delve into the supernatural with two new Aussie authors releases!

Maria Lewis brought us Who's Afraid last year introducing Tommi Grayson; a blue haired werewolf discovering her fangs in a strange new world. Well Tommi is back and Who's Afraid Too? sees her in Berlin taking on a whole new level of evil!

IDA is the debut novel from Alison Evans. It complicates the coming of age idea with parallel worlds! What if every decision could be taken again? Except your other selves didn't like the consequences and came looking for you?

It's supernatural fun of the literary kind...

Produced by Andrew Pople

Full Interview - Adrian McKinty 'Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly'

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly is the sixth title in Adrian McKinty's successful Sean Duffy series. Set in Northern Ireland at the heart of Ireland's Troubles, the series explores unusual crimes in a blasted landscape titling toward entropy...

Wondering about Duffy's moral code?

Curious about where Adrian McKinty gets his titles?

Dying to know whether Duffy would actually like Radiohead?

Andrew and Adrian had a wide ranging conversation about everything from Irish history, music and the twee stereotypes of Ireland he's forced to deal with. Catch it all here for your listening pleasure!

Produced by Andrew Pople 

 

Saturday February 11th - Adrian McKinty & Stella 2017

Today on the show...

Andrew is joined by Adrian McKinty to discuss the sixth book in his incredible Sean Duffy, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly. Set amidst Northern Ireland's Troubles, the series follows a Catholic copper trying to uphold justice in a violent world. But has Duffy finally found his shallow hole in the woods?

Veronica Sullivan joins Andrew on the show to discuss the recently revealed Stella Prize longlist for 2017. Now in its fifth year the Stella Prize highlights the fantatsic wealth of women writers in Austrlai. Discover all the longlist titles and the Stella Count at thestellaprize.com.au

And what was that Andrew mentioned at the end there?!

Final Draft is starting an Australian Classics book club!

Debuting at the end of March we'll be exploring classic Australian titles, beginning with 'The Women in Black' by Madeleine St John. 

Stay tuned!!

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday February 4th - New Year, New Books...

Welcome Back to Final Draft for 2017!

We're looking forward to an exciting year of new releases and exciting literary happenings and today Andrew is starting strong with two fantastic books to discover...

The Trapeze Act is the debut novel from Libby Angel. Chronicling an ill fated expedition to discover elephants and an inland sea in nineteenth century South Australia paralleling the arrival of a faded circus to 1960's Adelaide, this is a fascinating novel exploring history and identity.

If you are in love with the magic of Paris To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin promises to transport you to the city of lights as a strange structure emerges from the Champs de Mars, polarising the citizenry. A sophisticated love story complicated by class and distance.

Produced by Andrew Pople

What's On!

In a new segment every week, Andrew will bring you a selection from events around Sydney to help you discover new books and writing...

On Tuesday the 7th of February Giant Dwarf hosts The Stella Sparks Party & Longlist Announcement. Join the Stella Prize as they embark on towards the 2017 prize with the longlist announced as well as entertainment and drinks to celebrate Australian Women Writers. 

The Stella Sparks Party & Longlist Announcement

Tuesday 7th February 6-8pm

Giant Dwarf Theatre,

199 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016

Tickets $30 / $25 concession available from trybooking.com

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