Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 Program

The Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 program is live. This year, I’m chairing three panels as part of the main festival program, and another three as part of the schools program.

I’ll also going to be joining Italian crime writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby for readings at the Italian Cultural Institute on Mon 24 August, 4.30PM — though (sadly) I’ll be reading in English, not Italian.

If readers of this blog would like to weigh in with questions for any of the guests on my panels, please feel free. I’m, particularly interested in thoughts about Gone Girl and other ‘edgy psychological thrillers with complex female protagonists’ (see below).

2015-brown-honeyAfter Gone Girl
Honey Brown & Ann Turner
Sun 23 Aug 10.00AM, ACMI Cinema 1
Was Gone Girl a game-changer? Or did edgy psychological thrillers with complex female protagonists already exist? Honey Brown and Ann Turner talk about the book that influenced a genre and discuss their own thrilling novels. In conversation with Angela Savage.


Secrets & Lies
SJ Finn & Tracy Ryan
Fri 28 Aug 10.00AM, ACMI The Cube
A marriage where subterranean cracks surface as stalking and affairs. A community where uncomfortable truths emerge, in public and private. In their novels, SJ Finn and Tracy Ryan chart the murky territory of secrets and lies. On stage, they’ll tell all. In conversation with Angela Savage.

Ethics of True Crime
Matthew Condon & Alecia Simmonds
Sun 23 Aug 1.00PM, Deakin Edge, Federation Square
True crime is hugely popular for its ability to combine gripping storytelling with insights into the human mind. But what are the ethics of turning real-life crimes into page-turning reads? Matthew Condon and Alecia Simmonds talk about the responsibilities of the writer. In conversation with Angela Savage.


Schools Program

2015-divaroren-demetGrowing Up Muslim
Demet Divaroren & Amra Pajalic
Mon 24 Aug, 10.00AM, ACMI, Cinema 2
How does growing up in the Muslim faith shape you? Meet two writers who know what it is to meet teenage hurdles while living a Muslim faith. Look beyond the stereotypes and hear some stories that may surprise.

Secret Sydney
Justine Larbalestier
Mon 24 Aug, 11.15AM, ACMI The Cube
In Razorhurst, Justine Larbalestier explores the underworld (and otherworld) of Surry Hills in the infamous 1930s. She’ll talk to Angela Savage about the gangsters, ghosts and painted ladies who populate her novel, which was influenced by Ruth Park’s classic, Harp in the South.

Stay With Me
Maureen McCarthy
Mon 24 Aug, 12.30PM, ACMI The Cube
Teenager Tess left school and moved to Byron to start life afresh, but when the dream turns nightmare, she is faced with tough choices. For Tess, answers for a brighter future lie deep in the past. Share the journey with legendary writer Maureen McCarthy.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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4 Responses to Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 Program

  1. WordMothers says:

    I don’t think I’m going to make the festival this year, which is a shame as it sounds fantastic! I shall look forward to hearing your updates! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sounds fabulous, Angela! I wish I could be there.


  3. haydn savage says:

    That’s quite a workload,,so much reading to prepare.Where doI book?xx dootxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • If you click on the title of each session, it will take you to the Melbourne Writers Festival website, where you can book tickets. Let me know if you need a hand, Doot!


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