The Drop-Off: A Conversation with Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish

17 Jun 2020

Live Stream on Wednesday the 17th of June at 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM

This event will be streamed via Zoom

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How DO you collaborate creatively with your partner?

You both have an idea. You bounce it back and forth over the dishes, school runs, and puppy strolls. But how do you take the next step, and turn it into something… like a book?

The Drop-Off is the result of such a process, an irresistible page turner capturing the fictional politics large and small of a group of parents at a small primary school. Sit in with husband-and-wife duo Fiona Harris and Mike McLeish as they dish on the inspiration behind the book, the in-jokes and out-takes, and managing the all-important creative process.

About the Speakers

Mike McLeish is an actor, writer, singer, musician, cabaret performer, song writer, one-time artistic director and full-time collaborator with his wife, Fiona Harris. He famously played Paul Keating in Keating! The Musical. This past year he has appeared on the telly in Utopia and Mustangs FC, and on stage in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Fiona Harris is an actor, writer, producer and director, and the author of various children’s book series’ including The Super Moopers, Miraculous and Trolls. She has written television sketch comedy, numerous stage plays and one woman shows, and has acted on screen (The Beautiful Lie, Tangle, Skithouse) and stage (Spencer, Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls) for the past twenty years.

About the Book

Lizzie, Megan and Sam became accidental friends over good coffee, banter and wrong-world jokes at school drop off. Lizzie is a part-time midwife with four kids and a secret past. Sam is an ex-chef and stay-at-home dad with an absent, high-flying corporate wife. Megan is an ex-model single mum with a thriving online business and no time for loneliness. None of them have much interest in their school community, but when tragedy deals Baytree Primary’s reputation a potentially crippling blow, this unlikely trio have to step up. Forced out of their respective comfort zones, Lizzie, Megan and Sam learn more about each other, the school and themselves than they thought possible.

And it all begins at The Drop-Off.

This event will be streamed via Zoom

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