Ian Leslie presents the show which brings to light the often surprising first literary attempts of the world's best known writers.
In this episode we're first treated to graphic novelist Alan Moore's early drafts for the popular Fred Bassett cartoon strip.
We then turn to crime writer Patricia Cornwell and her perhaps excessively gory descriptions of fast food menu items, written as an early commission by a high street restaurateur when work was scarce.
Finally we hear from great poet Byron as he first plied his trade for a quick paycheque, penning headstone verses for beloved deceased pets.
To end the show, the first of our disturbingly unseasonal Christmas cracker jokes by Henrik Ibsen.
Producer: Claire Broughton
A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4.