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Well-known writers dig out bits of their unpublished work, actors perform them & the writer explains what the hell they were thinking. Presented by Laura Shavin

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Well-known writers dig out bits of their unpublished work, actors perform them & the writer explains what the hell they were thinking. Presented by Laura Shavin

    Lisa Jewell - Novelist

    Lisa Jewell - Novelist

    Best-selling thriller writer Lisa ("Then She Was Gone", "The Family Upstairs", "Watching You") shares clips that didn't make it into her books, and talks in fascinating detail about her unusually practical and no-nonsense writing technique.

    Clips performed by: Beth Chalmers, Christopher Kent and Rachel Atkins.

    Lisa Jewell is the Number 1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels (shortly to be 20), including The Girls and The House We Grew Up In, as well as Invisible Girl and I Found You.  Her first novel Ralph's Party, a book whose genre she describes as "flatmates and curry" was the highest selling debut novel of the year. She has written various other genres of fiction, and most recently she's topped the best-selling charts with her psychological thrillers.

    So far her novels have sold over 5 million copies internationally, and her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. 

    Episode show notes and more details:  offcutsdrawer.com/lisa-jewell

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    • 1 hr
    Caimh McDonnell - Novelist & Screenwriter

    Caimh McDonnell - Novelist & Screenwriter

    "Dublin Trilogy" novelist and former comedian Caimh (CK) McDonnell shares his sitcom set aboard a ferry, a pre-Fleabag Fleabag and a comedy about what happens when multiple timelines meet.

    Offcuts performed by: Jake Yapp, Darrell Maclaine, Kenny Blyth, Lizzie Roper, David Monteith and Rachel Atkins.

    This episode contains strong language.

    Caimh McDonnell is the internationally bestselling author of the Dublin Trilogy which is set in his hometown. His debut novel 'A Man with One of Those Faces' – a darkly comedic crime thriller – was published in 2016 and nominated for best novel at the 2017 CAP awards. It went on to spawn the increasingly uncountable Dublin Trilogy (five books and counting) and the McGarry Stateside series, which have been translated into several different languages and optioned for television.

    He also writes ‘The Stranger Times’ series of books under the name of C.K. McDonnell which has been described as "a celebration of how truth really can be stranger than fiction"

    The former professional stand-up comedian and TV writer has performed all around the world, had several well-received Edinburgh shows and supported acts such as Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney on tour before hanging up his clowning shoes to concentrate on writing. His TV writing work has seen him work on some of the biggest topical comedy shows on British TV and has earned him a BAFTA nomination.

    Episode show notes:  https://offcutsdrawer.com/caimh-mcdonnell

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    • 50 min
    Georgia Pritchett - Screenwriter & Producer

    Georgia Pritchett - Screenwriter & Producer

    A rap musical set in a US prison based on a Noel Coward play, a sitcom about IVF and a story about JFK faking moon landings - just 3 of the offcuts from comedy writer and US showrunner Georgia.

    Clips performed by: Desiree Burch, Beth Chalmers, Keith Wickham, Lizzie Roper and Jake Yapp. With additional music by Jake Yapp.

    Warning: This episode contains strong language.

    Georgia is a multi-award-winning comedy and drama writer, who has five Emmys, five Writers Guild awards, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Producer’s Guild award. She is currently a writer and co-executive producer on HBO's critically acclaimed show, Succession, now in its third season. Georgia was the co-executive producer and writer on the HBO multi-Emmy winning show Veep, which ran for seven series. 

    Georgia is show-running The Shrink Next Door: an adaptation of the hit podcast, starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn, for Apple TV.

    She wrote three episodes of HBO's Avenue Five, Armando Iannucci’s space comedy starring Hugh Laurie. Georgia has written extensively for Miranda Hart and Tracy Ullman and the shows Have I Got News for You, Smack the Pony, Not Going Out and The Thick of It. She created, wrote and show-ran 2DTV for ITV as well as Quick Cuts starring Doon Makichan, Feel The Force and three series of Life of Riley - starring Caroline Quentin for the BBC.

    Georgia’s memoir My Mess is a Bit of a Life has just been published. 

    Episode show notes:  https://offcutsdrawer.com/georgia-pritchett

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    • 59 min
    Miranda Kane - Writer & Performer

    Miranda Kane - Writer & Performer

    Raconteuse Miranda shares the bits of writing that didn't quite make it, along with tales of her former life as a sex worker, in a show that's definitely NSFW.

    Clips performed by Chris Pavlo, Bhavnisha Parmar and Emma Clarke. 

    Warning: This episode contains strong language and explicit material.

    Miranda Kane is a comedian, writer, and performer who garners inspiration from her previous career as a sex-worker and her more recent work in organising body positive events. She writes and stars in the Audible sitcom SLAVING AWAY, based upon her ‘utterly mundane life as a dominatrix’, which reached number one in the Audible charts and has had its third season recently released. She has also written sex blogs and co-hosts the ‘Good Sex/Bad Sex’ podcast for Metro.

    She is a sex-worker rights activist, raising money for charities which support sex-workers. She takes part in debates and public speaking events to promote the decriminalisation of sex-work, and in 2017 she was a TedX speaker where her ‘idea worth spreading’ was that comedy and storytelling can help change the public’s opinion of sex-workers to allow them to work in safety and without fear of persecution or prosecution.

    She currently runs Club Indulge – a range of Body Positive events aimed at providing a safe space for plus size people to enjoy being party animals.

    Episode show notes:  https://offcutsdrawer.com/miranda-kane

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    • 52 min
    FEED DROP - In Writing With Hattie Crisell

    FEED DROP - In Writing With Hattie Crisell

    This is not a normal episode of The Offcuts Drawer but a taster of the excellent podcast In Writing With Hattie Crisell.

    Journalist Hattie visits the studies of writers of all kinds – novelists, screenwriters, poets, journalists and more – to find out how they write, why they write, and what they can teach us about doing it better and the special guest in this episode is Graham Norton.

    The Offcuts Drawer will be back with a brand new episode later this week but in the meantime you can find more details about Hattie's podcast here:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/in-writing-with-hattie-crisell/id1490412801

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    • 53 min
    Isy Suttie - Writer, Actor & Comedian

    Isy Suttie - Writer, Actor & Comedian

    An investigation into the Mole-man of Hackney, standup material about pond-dipping and a bit of angst-filled teenage poetry are just some of the offcuts shared by Isy.

    Clips performed by: Lynsey Murrell, Beth Chalmers, Darrell Maclaine, Shash Hira, Toby Longworth and Emma Clarke

    Isy Suttie is a comedian, actress and writer who started performing stand up in 2002. She trained as an actress and has written for the GUARDIAN, the OBSERVER, RED and GLAMOUR, and is a regular writer and performer on BBC Radio 4, where her show PEARL AND DAVE won a Gold Sony Award in 2013. This led to two series of her musical story show set in Matlock, ISY SUTTIE’S LOVE LETTERS. Her TV acting credits include Dobby in PEEP SHOW and Esther in SHAMELESS, Ally in MAN DOWN and Nat in DAMNED, and she has been nominated for three British Comedy Awards.

    She’s written 2 books – THE ACTUAL ONE, a comedy memoir which came out in 2016 and her first novel JANE IS TRYING has just been published in 2021.

    Episode show notes with offcuts track listing and more details about Isy and the actors:  https://offcutsdrawer.com/isy-suttie

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    • 55 min

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HemingwayGreene ,

What a brilliant idea

Fascinating series of interviews. A must listen.

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Fab!

Enlightening and unexpected tales. Great podcast !

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First Response

Listening for the first time, really enjoying the Chris Brookmyre episode. Looking forward to more shows .

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