I’m thrilled to be part of the program for the inaugural Yarra Valley Writers Festival, to be held in Healesville from Fri 8 – Sun 10 May. The star-studded festival line-up includes Tony Birch, Helen Garner, Alice Pung, Christos Tsiolkas, David Williamson and Charlotte Wood–just to name a few.
I’m particularly excited about this festival as I will be appearing at three events, representing different aspects of my literary career.
First up, toting my crime writing credentials, I’ll be appearing on the panel, ‘If I Tell You I’m Going To Have To Kill You’, part of The Crime Centre at Healesville Library, with the Godfather of Australian crime fiction, Garry Disher, and rising star Mark Brandi; Kylie Ladd will be our convenor.
In the afternoon, I’ll be joining Meg Mundell and Alice Robinson, two writers whose work I greatly admire, on a panel called ‘The Issues Novel’–an idea I pitched to the festival–where I’ll be talking about my latest (non-genre) novel, Mother of Pearl. Mark Brandi will be our interviewer.
For my third session, I’ll be wearing my interviewer hat and talking with Christos Tsiolkas about his latest novel in a session aptly titled, ‘Road to Damascus‘.
In between, I’m hoping to catch sessions with Tony Birch, Jock Serong, Chris Flynn, Robert Gott, Alice Bishop, Charlotte Wood, Emma Viskic–assuming I can master the skill of bilocation before 8 May! You know it’s a great program when you have trouble choosing between concurrent sessions. Congratulations to Festival Director Brook Powell and Festival Programmer Hannie Rayson on putting together such a great program.
The full program is here and my session details are below. Hope to see you there.
Sat 9 May, 11.00AM-12.00PM
The Crime Centre @Healesville Library
If I Tell You I’m Going To Have To Kill You
With Angela Savage, Garry Disher + Mark Brandi
Convenor: Kylie Ladd
Sat 9 May, 3.00PM – 3.45PM
The Meeting Room
The Issues Novel
Angela Savage, Meg Mundell & Alice Robinson
Convenor: Mark Brandi
Sat 9 May, 5.00PM-6.00PM
MEMO Main Stage
Road to Damascus
Convenor: Angela Savage