I’ll be appearing on a panel at the Wheeler Centre on Thurs 22 September together with Kerry Greenwood, Lindy Cameron and the deliciously named Honey Brown ahead of She Kilda 2011, the Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention, to discuss why there’s such an appetite for women’s crime writing.
I’m excited on multiple fronts: to be on a panel in such esteemed company; to be discussing the topic of women’s crime writing; and to be making my debut appearance at The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing and Ideas, aka the cornerstone/centrepiece/jewel of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature initiative.
Of course, this isn’t my first brush with the Wheeler Centre. I attended the inaugural, memorable Gala Night of Story Telling in February 2010 among other events, and my partner Andrew Nette was one of the inaugural winners of a Wheeler Centre Fellowship.
But it’s the first time my name has been in the program, on the front cover, right up there between Don Watson and Alan Ball. Yes, that’s Don Watson, author and former speech writer to the Australian Prime Minister; and Alan Ball, writer of the Oscar winning screenplay for American Beauty and creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood.
If just a fraction of their talent could rub off from proximate listing, I’d be set for life.
The gig on 22 Sept is free, though bookings are recommended. More info here.