Appearances in 2016

Domestic Noir: Ambivalent mothers, disappearing daughters, murderous marriages
Sat 19 Nov, 11.30AM-12.30PM, St Kilda Town Hall
Compere: Angela Savage
Panel: Honey Brown, Anna George, Wendy James

The Great Debate… Dames vs Dicks: Men should stick to hardboiled; women should stick to cozies
Sat 19 Nov, 4.00PM-5.00PM, St Kilda Town Hall

Compere: Angela Savage
Dames (Affirmative): Vikki Petraitis, Leigh Redhead and Sue Williams
Dicks (Negative): Robert Gott, Andrew Nette and Jock Serong

word-for-word-logoShowing and Telling Angela Savage
Friday 18 Nov, 10.00AM – 1.00PM, Waurn Ponds Library
Writers are often told, ‘show, don’t tell’.  While ‘telling’ is useful, even necessary, most people don’t realize how vital ‘showing’ is. Showing allows the reader to follow the author into the moment and experience it as though they are present. Using the proper balance of showing and telling will make your writing more interesting and engaging. In this workshop, award-winning writer Angela Savage will take you through a series of exercises designed to make your writing more vivid and alive. Cost: $50 adult / $40 conc. Bookings here.

Saturday, November 12, 2.30PM-3.30PM
The Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William St. Melbourne
Asia Noir
In a festival that has looked at bodies in snow in Scandi Noir and home grown villains in Aussie Noir, we finish with a look at what is fast becoming ‘the next big thing’ in crime fiction – Asia Noir. Join Andrew Nette (Gunshine State), Cath Ferla (Ghost Girls) and, as participating chair, Angela Savage (The Dying Beach). Tickets and full program here.

Sat 5 November, 1.00PM – 4.00PM, Northcote Library

Want to be the next Agatha Christie or Stieg Larsson but have yet to launch your crime writing career? National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo – is the perfect time to get started and this workshop with Melbourne writer, Angela Savage, is a great way to focus your creative energy.

Angela’s first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and all three of her Jayne Keeney PI novels have been shortlisted for Ned Kelly Awards. See here for booking details.

Crush @ RiverFeast, Fri 7 Oct, 6.30PM
Crush Festival 2016 launches at RiverFeast with a sea of lanterns, music and markets. Experience an Indigenous welcome and performance by Bundaberg North State High School’s Indigenous dancers. Sample what is coming up with WriteFest in the reading tent and see snippets of performances from the Crush Festival 2016 program. Angela Savage is reading from her novel, The Dying Beach, at 6.30PM on the RiverFeast Stage.

Writing Workshops: Setting matters
Sat 8 Oct, 9.15AM-11.45AM and 1.15PM-3.45PM
Building 5, Central Queensland University, Bundaberg Campus
Angela is delivering two workshops on setting as part of WriteFest. The morning workshop explores setting in fiction in general, and building a sense of place without sacrificing plot or pace. The afternoon workshop is specifically for crime writers and looks at evoking setting without tripping up your detective.

Workshops will be followed by Q&A from 3.45-4.15PM.

Symposium, University of Melbourne
Thurs 6 Oct 2016, 10.00AM-4.00PM
Contemporary Australian popular fiction is an under-acknowledged success story. Works of Australian popular fiction are international award winners and bestsellers, and popular fiction is one of the most significant growth areas in Australian trade publishing. In the midst of recurring reports of crisis in book culture and the challenges of a rapidly changing industry, popular fiction is thriving. This event pops the bonnet on the complex working machine of popular fiction to investigate how it is produced, consumed and understood in Australia today.
Speakers include: romance writers Kylie Scott and Anne Gracie; fantasy writers Angela Slatter, Jack Dann, and Rjurik Davidson; crime writers Candice Fox, Adrian McKinty, and Angela Savage; publishers Kate Cuthbert, Rochelle Fernandez and Angela Meyer; critic Kat Mayo; and academics Ken Gelder, Beth Driscoll, Lisa Fletcher and Kim Wilkins.


 Aussie Muslims
Tues Aug 30, 10.00AM, ACMI Cinema 2
Two very different Australian Muslims, author and consultant Tasneem Chopra (Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia) and actor, comedian and memoirist Osamah Sami, will talk about how their Muslim identity has helped shape them. With Angela Savage.

Being MAng & Magdaagda
Tues Aug 30, 11.15AM, Deakin Edge, Federation Square
In Reckoning, much-loved performer Magda Szubanski interrogates how building her career in entertainment has been shaped by her identity as the daughter of a Polish World War II survivor and ‘assassin’, and as a ‘not-straight’ woman growing up second-generation Australian. With Angela Savage.

Barracuda: From page to screen
Sat Sept 3, 1.00PM, Deakin Edge, Federation Square

From the makers of The Slap comes Barracuda, an affecting new TV series based on Christos Tsiolkas’s novel. Tsiolkas and producer Tony Ayres talk through the process of taking the story from page to screen, as well as discussing its themes of failure, class and adolescence. With Angela Savage. Tickets here.

Asia-Pacific Narratives
Sat 3 Sept, 5.30PM, ACMI, The Cube
What does it mean to live in the Asia-Pacific in a literary context? Join Briohny Doyle, Cath Ferla, Rajith Savanadasa and Lawrence Lacambra Ypil as they discuss how connections between Asia and Australia have influenced their narratives and writing voices. With Angela Savage. Tickets here.

Ang & Cat

F before G: Feminist genre writing
Crime fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, horror. This panel explores the transformative power of feminist voices in genre fiction, as well as some of the technical and ethical challenges faced by writers. We will question whether genre fiction is itself feminised, considered less worthy of serious attention, and discuss the genre’s appeal to women
readers. With CS Pacat & Angela Savage. Details here.