The ninth Readers Feast Crime & Justice Festival, happening this weekend, has given me the perfect excuse to bump a few local crime novels up on my TBR pile.
On Saturday 14 Nov, 2.00-3.00 PM, I’ll be interviewing one of Australia’s most successful crime writers, Garry Disher, who has just released The Heat, his eighth novel to feature professional criminal Wyatt. Garry is always a thoughtful and eloquent interview subject. Having taught and written about creative writing, he has much to offer aspiring writers as well as fans of the crime genre. Tickets and further details here.
On Sunday 15 Nov, 12.00-1.00 PM, I’m chairing the ‘New Voices’ panel, featuring some terrific debut authors. Melbourne author JM (Jenny) Green’s novel Good Money features wise-cracking social worker and accidental PI Stella Hardy; the action moves between Melbourne’s inner west and Western Australia. Emma Viskic’s lead character Caleb Zelic has been profoundly deaf since early childhood; violent events in Melbourne see him return to his hometown, the eponymous Resurrection Bay, in search of the truth. By contrast, Paul E Hardisty’s debut The Abrupt Physics of Dying is set in Yemen, an eco-thriller largely based on true events, namely the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants. This promises to be a cracker of a session. Tickets and details here.
The full program for the Crime and Justice Festival may be found here. I hope to see you there.