I’m thrilled to be a guest at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival on Sat 10-Sun 11 August 2013.
I have so much to look forward to, from participating on panels with some amazing authors, and attending sessions to listen other amazing authors, to hanging out in that beautiful central Victorian city.
‘I have heard people describe Bendigo as a country town,’ says the narrator in Peter Carey’s Illywhacker. ‘These people have never been to Bendigo and don’t know what they’re talking about. The Town Hall is the equal of anything in Florence; the Law Courts would not look frumpish in Versailles.’ (Thanks to John McPherson for drawing my attention to this gem).
Details of my own panel sessions are as follows:
Crime isn’t what it used to be
Sat 10 August, 1.15-2.15PM
John M Green, Angela Savage and Annie Hauxwell talk with lawyer John McPherson about how far crime fiction has come since Agatha Christie.
Bendigo Bank Theatre, The Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo
Further information and bookings here.
To understand others
Sun 11 August, 12.00-1.00PM
David Bridie, Angela Savage, Robin de Crespigny and Alice Pung talk with Sue Gillett about the inspiration they draw from other cultures.
The Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo
Further information and tickets here.
I’m particularly excited (and nervous) about the second of these panels, as I can think of only one other case, back in 2010, where I’ve appeared on a writers festival panel to talk about something other than crime fiction. To share experiences with David Bridie, Robin de Crespigny and Alice Pung about the inspiration we draw from other cultures is a real privilege and rare treat.
In preparation, I’m currently reading de Crespigny’s multi-award winning ‘nonfiction thriller’ The People Smuggler, which is both devastating and utterly engrossing. This book should be compulsory reading for everyone involved in asylum seeker policy, especially those who think any policy can be tough enough to deter people from fleeing the horrors they leave behind.
De Crespigny’s book brings home to me how fortunate I am: my toughest gig is to choose which among the excellent sessions in the program I will attend.
You can download the full festival program here.