Podcast: Motherhood and Greek Tragedy with Debra Oswald

Podcast: Motherhood and Greek Tragedy with Debra Oswald

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Nearly every Australian has sat down to watch at least one episode of Offspring. Better Reading sat down with Debra Oswald, the creator of the much loved drama, to talk about what lies beyond the silver screen. Cheryl Akle and Debra Oswald dive into Debra’s childhood and family, her experience writing plays and television, why novels are important to her, and just why she keeps writing in the first place. They also talk about her second novel, The Whole Bright Year, and where this tale of motherhood and love with echoes of Persephone came from.

Duration: 23 Mins

TheWholeBrightYear_BetterReading6Podcast Guest: Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and the creator/head writer of the first five seasons of the TV series Offspring.
Her stage plays have been performed around the world and are published by Currency Press. Gary’s HouseSweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Debra has also written four plays for young audiences – DagsSkateStories in the Dark and House on Fire.

Her television credits include Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas.
Debra has written three Aussie Bite books for kids and six children’s novels, including The Redback Leftovers and Getting AirHer first adult novel, Useful, was published in 2015.

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                      Publisher details

                      The Whole Bright Year
                      Author
                      Debra Oswald
                      Publisher
                      Penguin
                      Genre
                      Australian Fiction
                      Released
                      29 January, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      In the summer of 1976 it’s picking season on an Australian stone-fruit orchard run by Celia, a hard-working woman in her early forties. Years ago, when her husband was killed as a bystander in an armed robbery, Celia left the city and brought her newborn daughter Zoe to this farm for a secure life. Now sixteen, Zoe is a passionate, intelligent girl, chafing against her mother’s protectiveness, yearning to find intensity and a bit of danger.Barging into this world as itinerant fruit-pickers come a desperate brother and sister from Sydney. The hard-bitten Sheena has kidnapped her wild, ebullient eighteen-year-old brother Kieran and dragged him out west, away from trouble in the city. Kieran and Zoe are drawn to each other the instant they meet, sparking excitement, worry, lust, trouble . . .How do we protect people we love? How do we bear watching them go out into the perilous world with no guarantee of safety or happiness? What bargains do people make with darkness in order to survive? From the creator of Offspring and author of Useful, The Whole Bright Year is a gripping, wry and tender novel about how holding on too tightly can cost us what we love.About the AuthorDebra Oswald is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and the creator/head writer of the first five seasons of the TV series Offspring.Her stage plays have been performed around the world and are published by Currency Press. Gary’s House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Debra has also written four plays for young audiences – Dags, Skate, Stories in the Dark and House on Fire.Her television credits include Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written three Aussie Bite books for kids and six children's novels, including The Redback Leftovers and Getting Air. Her first adult novel, Useful, was published in 2015.
                      Debra Oswald
                      About the author

                      Debra Oswald

                      Debra Oswald is a writer for film, television, stage, radio and children's fiction. Her novels for teenagers include Getting Air and Blue Noise, and her children's novels include The Redback Leftovers, Me and Barry Terrific, The Return of the Baked Bean and The Fifth Quest.Her plays include Gary's House and Sweet Road, which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award. Her best known play, Dags, has been performed in Britain and the United States. In 2008 Stories in the Dark won Best Play in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.Debra's television credits include Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, Bananas in Pyjamas and The Secret Life of Us. She is creator and head writer of the Channel 10 drama series Offspring, for which she won a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2011.

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