I will be ‘among the big names‘ appearing as a guest of Literati – A feast of authors on the Gold Coast from 6-7 May 2011. The Gold Coast’s annual writers festival has a unique structure, starting Friday night 6 May with a Literary Feast at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. The idea behind the feast is that readers get to talk informally with authors in the relaxed setting of a three-course meal. The authors change tables throughout the night, ‘sharing the story behind their stories, giving unique insight into their writing’ as the program puts it. And trying to stay sober, I might add.
The program on Saturday 7 May follows the more traditional writers festival format of panel sessions. Sessions are free but anyone interested in attending should book a seat by phoning 5581 1600 and quoting the relevant event code. All sessions will be held at the Robina Community Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina. I will be appearing in two sessions:
‘Location, location’ Angela Savage and Kate Holden discuss the impact of the setting on a story. Sat 7 May 2011, 9.30am-10.30am in the Conference Room. Event code CR001.
‘Deadlier than the male?’ PM Newton, Angela Savage and LA Larkin will discuss the female voices in their crime writing. Sat 7 May 2011, 1pm-2pm in the Auditorium. Event code AUD003.
I have appeared on a panel with PM (Pam) Newton before, which was great fun. With 13 years experience in the NSW Police Force, an interest in the music of Mali, and five years in India studying Buddhist philosophy and teaching English to Tibetan refugees, Pam could hardly be more surprising than if she was about to marry a member of the British Royal Family.
I am also looking forward to appearing with the highly articulate Kate Holden, a fellow stable-mate at Text Publishing.