Category Archives: Literary Festival

Desert Nights, Rising Stars – Day 3

I woke up to cold rain in Phoenix, which apparently only happens about five times a year. Would have felt more depressed about it except that a) there was another day left of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars conference; and b) … Continue reading

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Desert Nights, Rising Stars – Day 2, part 2

One of my most anticipated sessions at Desert Nights, Rising Stars was with YA writer Malinda Lo on Writing Diversity: How To & Why Not. Malinda began by explaining that she’d proposed the topic as a way of addressing questions … Continue reading

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By the time I get to Phoenix…

Next month I will visit the USA to attend the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at the Arizona State University in Phoenix. As the conference website blurb says, Desert Nights, Rising Stars ‘brings together writers, readers, and lovers of … Continue reading

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SheKilda 3…where a criminally good time was had by all

This post is based on an article that appeared on the Sisters in Crime Australia website, with editorial comments as noted. Sisters in Crime celebrated its 25th birthday in style at SheKilda3: One-day Crime Spree at St Kilda Town Hall … Continue reading

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Crime writing & Festivals Part 2

The third weekend in November presents me with an embarrassment of riches. Friday, I’m in Geelong for the annual Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival, and Saturday in St Kilda for the Sisters in Crime Australia SheKilda 3: One Day Crime … Continue reading

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Crime writing & Festivals Part 1

When people ask, ‘How are you?’ I try not to respond with, ‘Busy.’ For me, ‘busy’ is what American novelist and teacher John Gardner calls a ‘feeble abstraction’ that ‘says almost nothing’. Gardner exhorts us to tell our stories in … Continue reading

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2016

The Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 Program is live and I am thrilled to be chairing several sessions at this year’s festival. In the main festival program, I have the great (and terrifying) honour of interviewing my friend Christos Tsiolkas and … Continue reading

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EWF: What right do I have?

Being a writer means leaving the fields we know, and transcending direct personal experience to tell a story. But what if the realms beyond these fields are already populated? What are the boundaries when writing about experiences that are not … Continue reading

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EWF: Characters Behaving Badly

What’s the value of having characters who behave badly? What techniques can you use in creating badly behaved characters? And can you go too far writing badly behaved characters in YA (Young Adult) fiction? These were some of the questions … Continue reading

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Newcastle Writers Festival 2016 beckons…

The fourth annual Newcastle Writers Festival is happening on 1-3 April 2016, and I am thrilled to be part of it. My partner in life and crime fiction, Andrew Nette, and I were initially invited to the festival to be … Continue reading

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