With advent of writers festival season, I’ll be appearing at several festivals around the state in 2019, either as part of my day job as Director of Writers Victoria, and/or in my other guise as an author and freelance chair/interviewer.
I’m missing out on my democracy sausage on Election Day this Saturday as I’ll be at the Queenscliffe Literary Festival, chairing a panel, Killer Reads, with a killer line-up: Emma Viskic, Mark Brandi and Michael Robotham. Can the capacious Queenscliffe Town Hall contain all that crime writing talent? — You’ll have to come along to find out.
Queenscliffe Literary Festival
Sat 18 May, 2.00-3.00pm, Queenscliff Town Hall
Leading the renaissance in Australian crime writing, Michael Robotham (The Other Wife), Emma Viskic (And Fire Came Down) and Mark Brandi (The Rip) are killing it!
Facilitator: Angela Savage
Book here. Full program here.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Writers Victoria, and among the festivities, we are curating panels to celebrate Victorian writers at several festivals around the state. Some of these remain under wraps until official festival program launch dates. Among the events already announced is 30 Years of Victorian Writing at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, featuring readings by Mark Brandi, Kelly Gardiner, Eliza Henry-Jones and Robert Gott with me in the enviable role of chair.
Woodend Winter Arts Festival
Mon 10 June (public holiday), 2.00-3.00pm
Woodend Community Centre
30 Years of Victorian Writing
A stellar line up of award winning Victorian writers, Mark Brandi, Kelly Gardiner, Eliza Henry-Jones and Robert Gott, help to celebrate 30 years of Writers Victoria. Across a range of genres the authors talk about their books and read extracts. A veritable feast! Book here. Full program here.
And in news just announced tonight, I’ll be giving the opening keynote on the Conventions of Crime at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Masterclass: Writing Crime on Mon 24 June. This amazing day-long masterclass brings together Mark Brandi, Anna George, Christian White, Gala Vanting, Nayuka Gorrie, Queenie Bon Bon, Lindy Cameron, Anna Snoekstra, Eileen Ormsby, Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Kat Clay for some truly fascinating sessions, including one on representing criminalisation. The Emerging Writers’ Festival holds a special place in my heart — I first appeared as a guest in 2005, just prior to the release of my first novel — and I am thrilled to be included in this year’s line up. The whole program looks brilliant.
Emerging Writers’ Festival
Mon 24 June, 10AM-4PM, The Wheeler Centre Performance Space
Masterclass: Writing Crime
10.15am Keynote: Conventions of Crime
Angela Savage takes us on a whirlwind tour through the most notable subgenres, tropes and conventions of the crime genre and how to work with them. The perfect introduction for new conspirators, and an engaging refresher for long-standing crime aficionados.
Bookings here. EWF19 program here.