As someone who never enters a church these days unless it’s for a funeral, I’m unusually excited at the prospect of appearing both in a church and convent in the forthcoming week.
This weekend I’m in the Baptist Church at 174 Collins Street for the Crime & Justice Festival, appearing on Saturday 17 Nov, 2.00pm as participating chair of a session called Ladies of the Night – Women and Crime, featuring Felicity Young, Kerry Greenwood and Leigh Redhead.
I’m also appearing on a panel called Hard Labour – The Art of Crime Writing on Sun 18 Nov, 4.00pm with Garry Disher and Leigh Redhead, chaired by Andrew Nette, though this time at the Reader’s Feast bookstore, 162 Collins St.
Next Wed 21 November from 6.00-8.00pm, I am appearing at the Abbotsford Convent — in The Bishop’s Parlour, no less — with Shane Maloney for the Australian Society of Authors at a gig called The Buzz About Crime. The ASA website describes the event thus:
Who says crime doesn’t pay? Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres in the world, so how does it capture the public imagination so successfully? What does this say about our collective characters that we love a bit of vicarious darkness and danger?
Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists, author of the award-winning Murray Whelan series, and a very funny speaker. The event should be a hoot — even if I do end up playing the straight (wo)man. See here for bookings.
Strange that becoming a crime writer should find me back in church. Still, given the recent announcement of a royal commission into child sex abuse, I can’t help thinking it’s infinitely better for the churches to be hosting crime writers rather than criminals.