Crime and Justice Festival Program

The Crime and Justice festival program was released yesterday and to my surprise, I am appearing on three panels. All sessions are in a space called ‘The Refectory’ (which sounds ecclesiastical):

Saturday 19 July, 10am – A First Offence: Crime and Justice is fortunate to feature some astonishing debut crime novelists this year – talking about their big break will be Lauren Crow, Angela Savage, Jarad Henry and, as participating chair, Lenny Bartulin.

Saturday 19 July, 6pm – Just the Facts, Ma’am! It is the quality of the research that often makes or breaks a crime novel; discussing how they fill in the fine details will be Gabrielle Lord, Marshall Browne and Angela Savage with Liz Porter as chair.

Sunday 20 July, 2pm – Writing from Life: Crime writers – like any other writer – often use elements of their own life and the lives of those around them in their fiction; discussing borrowing from life and the blurred line that divides fact from fiction will be Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Dorothy Johnston and, as chair, Beth Driscoll.

Needless to say, I am excited and nervous about sharing the floor with such terrific writers – and at least a few entertaining speakers that I know of – especially as I will be flying overnight from Cambodia with a two-year-old and arriving in Melbourne precisely 24 hours before my first appearance.

Given the venue used to be a Catholic convent, perhaps I could apply for a special dispensation from my fellow panelists: Jarad, Lauren, Lenny – please cover for me if I start nodding off. Or worse, e.g. whimpering, blathering, speaking in tongues…

I was brought up Catholic and used to get dragged off to visit a great-aunt who was a nun at the Abbotsford Convent twice a month for years. And you should see what these old haunts can do to us apostates, especially when we are jetlagged beyond belief.

About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel, Mother of Pearl, is published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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1 Response to Crime and Justice Festival Program

  1. Daniel says:

    Congrats on inclusion on these panels. Wish I could be three, but I’ll be out and about as shown at Good luck!


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