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Great conversations with authors from Australia and around the world.

    Book Club - School Holiday Reading Recommendations

    Book Club - School Holiday Reading Recommendations

    This week on book club we're helping you with your school holiday fun with some reading recommendations and a fantastic exhibition to share the love of reading with young and old.
    Titles Mention in this Episode
    What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say by Davina Bell and Hilary Jean Tapper
    The Imagineer by Christopher Cheng, Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
    Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour
    When We Say Black Lives Matter llustrated and written by Maxine Beneba Clarke
    Macca the Alpaca illustrated and written by Matt Cosgrove
    ...and many more
    Imagine... the Wonder of Picture Books
    This celebration of children’s literature brings to life stories and characters from much-loved Australian picture books. 
    Where: Exhibition Galleries, State Library of New South Wales
    When: Daily 9am till 8pm
    Admission: FREE
    You can get more books, writing and literary culture every week on the Final Draft Great Conversations podcast. Hear interviews with authors and discover your next favourite read!
    Book Club is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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    • 4 min
    National Young Writers Festival Preview with Jack Gow

    National Young Writers Festival Preview with Jack Gow

    The Final Draft Great Conversations podcast is all about books, writing and literary culture. We're dedicated to exploring Australian writing, looking into the issues that drive our storytelling to discover more from the books you love.
    These are the stories that make us who we are.
    Jack Gow is a writer and comedian based in Sydney, who has sold out, critically acclaimed shows across the country. You might have caught Jack’s stories on Radio National, the Story Club podcast, and FBi Radio’s All the Best.
    Jack is also co-director of NYWF and is joining us with the inside scoop on the festival.
    The National Young Writers’ Festival is an annual gathering of young writers. A place for them to showcase their work, share ideas, and learn. 2022 sees NYWF as a hybrid festival, with both in person and online events. Festival programs are free, and made by and for young writers who create across stage, page, web and beyond.
    Check out the National Young Writers Festival online and plan your festival.

    Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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    • 15 min
    Book Club - Jasmine Seymour’s Open Your Heart to Country

    Book Club - Jasmine Seymour’s Open Your Heart to Country

    Children’s books are a portal into ideas and imagination and when you read them with the little ones in your life you are supporting their developing language and cognitive skills, their sense of wonder and their critical thinking.
    Today I’ve got the latest from Jasmine Seymour, Open Your Heart to Country.
    Jasmine Seymour is a Dharug woman. She is a language teacher and language activist, whose work is reawakening the Dharug language and this is so prominent in her writing. She is the author of children’s books Baby Business and Cooee Mittigar. Open Your Heart to Country is her latest and it is a visual and linguistic feast for the senses.
    All of Jasmine Seymour’s books for children feature both Dharug and English language. There are more than 250 Indigenous languages on this continent. The area across which 2ser broadcasts includes the traditional lands of the Dharug people and we actively try to acknowledge and pay respect to the custodians of that land. But I often find myself wondering what it means to acknowledge and pay respect. It’s a great set of words to utter but how can we pay that respect everyday? 
    Open Your Heart to Country (and all of Jasmine’s books) offer young readers the chance to discover ideas and language of the Dharug people. Many children of preschool age learn aspects of local culture and language in their schools. Warami is a Dharug greeting that children learn as part of their everyday. In Open Your Heart to Country Jasmine Seymour invites readers that “by reading the Dharug words told with their own English translations you will hear this story with Dharug Ears”.
    The book is also an explosion of colour and light that is guaranteed to excite young minds to discover things in their local area.Each page brims with a kaleidoscope of animals and landscapes depicting Dharug land.
    This is a book to be shared and through sharing, enriching the minds of readers young and old alike. Learning a second language has so many proven benefits, from supporting listening skills, memory and concentration. Second language skills also support problem solving skills and critical thinking. Our brains just kinda grow when we engage with other languages!
    But it isn’t just about what it does for us. Sharing Open Your Heart to Country with young readers in your life introduces them to the land they live on. It tells them that it is someone’s land and begins the stories that have been denied in this country. Most importantly though, it is an opportunity to share in these stories and understand Dharug culture. An invitation to practice the acknowledgement and respect and make it a part of their developing lives.

    • 4 min
    CBCA Winner - Shirley Marr's All Four Quarters of the Moon

    CBCA Winner - Shirley Marr's All Four Quarters of the Moon

    The Final Draft Great Conversations podcast is all about books, writing and literary culture. We're dedicated to exploring Australian writing, looking into the issues that drive our storytelling to discover more from the books you love.
    These are the stories that make us who we are.
    Shirley Marr is a first-generation Chinese Australian author of young adult and children's fiction, including YA novels Fury and Preloved, and children’s novels Little Jiang, A Glasshouse of Stars.  
    In Singapore Peijing understood how everything worked; her Ba-Ba worked hard seven days a week, her Ma-MA worked to raise the family and her Ah-Ma worked at making delicious mooncakes. Peijing and her little sister Biju worked at creating their little world and populating it with animals both real and mythological, and telling fantastic stories about the animals' lives.
    In Australia things seem upside down to say the least. Ba-Ba now goes to work for only five days and is wearing a polo shirt. Ma-Ma needs Peijing to translate and is not happy that she is not allowed to bring her daughters lunch at school. And Ah-Ma seems confused and is always asking Peijing her name. Peijing must be strong and honorable for her family but that is not always easy when everything is so new.
    Join me as we discover Shirley Marr’s All Four Quarters of the Moon...
    Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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    • 34 min
    CBCA Winner - Andrea Rowe’s Jetty Jumping

    CBCA Winner - Andrea Rowe’s Jetty Jumping

    The Final Draft Great Conversations podcast is all about books, writing and literary culture. We're dedicated to exploring Australian writing, looking into the issues that drive our storytelling to discover more from the books you love.
    These are the stories that make us who we are.
    CBCA Winner Andrea Rowe joins us to discuss her book Jetty Jumping, winner of the Early Childhood Prize at the Children's Book Council Awards.
    Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
    Want more great conversations with Australian authors?
    Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.

    Get in touch with Andrew and Final Draft. We love to hear about what you’re reading!
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    • 11 min
    Book Club - Siang Lu’s The Whitewash

    Book Club - Siang Lu’s The Whitewash

    Today I have got something truly unique; thought provoking, puzzling, laugh out loud funny.
    Siang Lu’s The Whitewash might just be the whole package
    Brood Empire was meant to be a landmark for Asian representation in Hollywood. With a $350 million budget and a lead who looked like he'd been carved from stone this would be THE film that broke through and put all the subtle and overt racist stereotypes to bed.
    Instead production was dogged from the start, the lead got pulped in an ill advised cage fight and the whole set leaked worse than Tom Holland on a bender. 
    The Whitewash is the unofficial history of the rise and fall of Brood Empire detailing not only the film’s unseemly demise but its origins in the anals of racist representation of Asia and Asians throughout 20th century filmmaking.
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    The Whitewash is told in a documentary style lead by the team at Click Bae - and online gossip rag that specializes in entertainment news and celebrity gossip of the most salacious kind. 
    Click Bae have secured exclusive access to JK Jr, the superhero physiqued Hong Kong actor who has been cast in the leading role in Brood Empire.
    The film itself is an adaptation of the cult novels of Yu Guan featuring his secret agent Brando X - a Chinese James Bond who inverts all the tropes fighting a white supervillain seekins to subjugate the eastern world.
    About now I feel the need to acknowledge that I am not much of a cinephile and there were definitely moments in The Whitewash were fiction and reality blurred in a way that I couldn’t separate. Because this is film history with an incredible alternative narrative inserted in ways that blur reality.
    As the title suggests, The Whitewash explores the ways that White Culture (in this case cinema) has a tendency to pick, choose and bleach aspects of other cultures for its own entertainment and edification.
    Alongside the fly on the wall access to the development of Brood Empire we are treated to a whistle stop history of Asian representation in Hollywood; from its inception in villainous caricatures through to the edification of martial arts as the savior of the blockbuster.
    The Whitewash is very aware of its source material and does not miss a trick in satirizing the film industry, the media-industrial complex, cults of celebrity and even all of us if we are foolish enough to uncritically consume what is dished up to us across multi-media platforms.
    The broad thrust of the plot is the rise and fall of the film Brood Empire, as it seeks to break free of the Hollywood stereotypes only to fall victim to the machine. This is a gross oversimplification though, as the reader is treated to a deviously woven narrative consisting of an ensemble cast you’ll play book to keep track of.
    I truly loved The Whitewash for its irreverent take on the entertainment industry that was knowing but also incisive in its critique. The book shows us an industry known for its exploitation and opens up our eyes to just how much goes on behind the scenes. 
    And if a terrific story wasn’t enough, The Whitewash is accompanied by a companion website The Beige Index
     https://thebeigeindex.com/film/tt1745960 

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