Category Archives: Literary giants

I’m bound to cross the line*

I made landfall in America, as many before me have done, at Los Angeles International Airport aka LAX, where I was photographed, fingerprinted and treated to a full body scan sans shoes. While I get the need for security, I found it disturbing that everyone wishing … Continue reading

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The Goddess of Tartan Noir

It was my great pleasure to interview the “Goddess of Tartan Noir” (we all agreed “Queen” was just too, well, royalist) Val McDermid during her recent visit to Melbourne at an event hosted by Sisters in Crime Australia in collaboration with Melbourne’s … Continue reading

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Val Down Under: Talking with the Queen of Tartan Noir

Media release from the Sisters in Crime Australia website Tartan Noir Queen Val McDermid will be in wild and wonderful conversation with Australian crime author, Angela Savage, about her latest psychological thriller, The Skeleton Road, at Melbourne’s Comedy Club, 6 … Continue reading

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Video: Alexander McCall Smith

The Wheeler Centre has released the video of my immensely enjoyable interview with Alexander McCall Smith. For your viewing pleasure, the link is here.    

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Agatha Christie on writing

To celebrate the 123rd anniversary of the Queen of Crime’s birthday, I give you Agatha Christie’s advice on writing, as gleaned from her wonderful autobiography. Aspiring authors will take heart to learn that Agatha Christie, who published over 100 novels, … Continue reading

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Author for a day

This post is inspired by Kirsten Krauth and a collective of WA writers who recently blogged on the topic: Which writer (living or dead) would you like to be for a day? It’s a tantalising prospect, one that sets my imagination off … Continue reading

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Moveable feasts

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast — Ernest Hemingway I recently spent … Continue reading

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