Festival: Bendigo Writers Festival 2014

CGB3061-BWF-Social-Media-facebook-cover-image-v1_1_web_imageI’m thrilled to be part of the Bendigo Writers Festival for the second year running. I had a great time at the festival in 2013, and I’m rapt to be coming back for more.
I’ll be appearing at two events on the program:

Toughest Genre
Sat 9 August 2014, 3.45PM-4.45 PM
Three very different crime writers – Michael Robotham, Garry Disher and Angela Savage – line up before Steve Kendall to interrogate a tricky subject: what makes a good crime novel? Hard-boiled or cosy, caper or courtroom…just how should it all proceed?
Bendigo Bank Theatre, 50 View St, Bendigo
Information and tickets here.

Spotlight on Life and Death
Sun 10 August, 2014, 12.00PM
The maters of adrenalin-writing, Michael Robotham, talks with Angela Savage about his new page-turner, Life or Death.
The Hub (Festival bookshop, Bendigo Bank Theatre). Free event.

For the first time, too, Bendigo Writers Festival will host the announcement of the shortlist for the Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Awards, which is taking place on Sat 8 August at 5.00-6.30PM.

My partner, Andrew Nette, is also appearing at the festival, on a panel on Sunday 10 August from 3.00-4.00PM entitled Is Game of Thrones Any Good? Yes, someone is actually paying him to join panelists Lawrie Zion and Jane Sullivan to talk with Richard Speed about one of his favourite TV shows. Nice work if you can get it.

And seeing as how we’re both on the program, we’re bringing Miss Eight and making a weekend of it.

The full BWF program is here and looks amazing. The venues in the city’s historical and cultural precinct are stunning, and warm hospitality of the festival team is guarantee to banish the winter blues.

Hope to see you there!


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 She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award.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 is, Mother of Pearl, 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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6 Responses to Festival: Bendigo Writers Festival 2014

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Oh, this sounds so great, Angela! I’m sure you’ll do a fab job.


  2. FictionFan says:

    I’m going through a Michael Robotham phase at the moment and really enjoying his books, and am lucky enough to have a review copy of Life or Death waiting for my attention. I think I might be a little too…ahem…mature to be considered a fangirl, but… 😉


    • angelasavage says:

      Can’t wait to see what you think of LIFE OR DEATH, FF. I think it is his best book to date. My biggest challenge when interviewing him at Bendigo will be not to gush!

      And BTW, you’re never to old to be considered a fangirl 😉


  3. kathy d. says:

    Some people have all the fun! Sounds like this will be another great Oz writers’ event. This sent me to read up on Bendigo, which sounds like a fascinating place. There is a pledge against racism at the City of Bendigo website. What city in the U.S. does that? Really good.
    Let us know what happens. Your panels sound interesting. with Michael Rowbotham. The one on what makes a good crime novel could have so many answers, depending on the readers, since we all vary so much in taste. It’ll be fun to find out what the conclusions are to this discussion.


    • angelasavage says:

      Good point about how diverse the answers to those questions for the panel could be, Kathy. I might quote you on that!

      Sadly, I think the City of Bendigo pledge against racism was probably inspired by a recent incident in the town involving racist opposition to the building of a new mosque. It is good that local government distances itself from this. But we still have a lot of work to do in this area.


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