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Katherine Susannah Pritchard masterclass(es) & Bridgetown Writer's Festival

This coming Saturday (July 21) I'll be giving, along with local writers Amanda Curtin, Richard Rossiter and Rachel Robertson, a prose fiction masterclass looking (in my case) at crime fiction structure and specifically using multiple POV's. I ran something quite similar a couple of years ago at the PWF and it went down well. Details, along with other workshop and events @ KSP as follows:

Line of Sight - New Reprint

Line of Sight in the dead-tree format has been unavailable for the past two months, as it sold out its first print run. Fortunately, with a new print run its newly available, and should be ready for ordering right about now...

Perth - New South Books

As of yesterday, I've taken on the commission to write the Perth volume of the New South Books city series. Something of a new direction, I'm looking forward to the challenge of writing a 50,000 word creative non-fiction 'biography' of the city I live in.

crimeScene Conference 29-30 September 2012

I'll be talking at the crimeScene conference in Perth, later in the year. It looks like a terrific event, with a seemingly equal focus on forensics and fiction. Katherine Howell and Hayden Green are two other presenters, with more to come. Registrations can be had at http://www.crimescene2012.org/ along with the program and other specifics, a link to the Facebook page and a launch video etc. 

Crime Factory - The First Shift

This an event that I'm really looking forward to. Crime Factory are launching their first anthology 'The First Shift' @ Grumpy's Green in Fitzroy on March 5. Some of my favourite crime writers, notably Megan Abbott, Adrian McKinty and Leigh Redhead will be giving readings. Adrian (who is Irish but living in Melbourne) and Leigh live in Australia, but Megan Abbott, who is an Edgar Award winner and one of the coolest crime writers in the world, is over from the US briefly.

Perth Writer's Festival - 25/02 - A Glass of Wine Wine & A Good Book series

Looking forward to a conversation as part of WriitngWA's Glass of Wine and a Good Book series - a discussion with crime writer Felicity Young about her new novel - A Dissection of Murder (Harper Collins, March 2012) - as part of the Perth Writers Festival. Details as follows - http://www.perthfestival.com.au/en/What's-on/Event/A-Glass-Of-Wine-And-A-Good-Book--The-Dissection-of-Murder

TVPiazza - interview

Here's a link to an interview Alan Carter (Prime Cut - winner of a Ned Kelly Award 2011) and myself did a while back, primarily discussing why we like crime fiction - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFXaD5dg0kU

 

Line of Sight - available on Amazon

Thanks to the people not living in Australia, who have contacted me about getting hold of a copy of Line of Sight. It's newly available on Amazon as an e-book, and will soon be available in hard copy from Amazon, or so I've been told. Please see - http://www.amazon.com/Line-Sight-Gangland-getting-ebook/dp/B006O8U42G/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326777513&sr=1-5

Line of Sight & 2011"5 Best Of" Lists

Great to see Line of Sight named on two recent '5 Best Of' lists, firstly Fair Dinkum Crime's 5 best Australian crime reads of 2011 - see - http://fairdinkumcrime.com/2011/12/21/the-most-impressive-australian-crime-fiction-in-2011/  and just as pleasing to see Line of Sight on international crime fiction website Crime Fiction Lover - under 'Australia's top five hot new writers' - see

RIP Shane Finn (1960-2011)

Very sad to hear yesterday about the dying of Shane Finn, Shirley Finn's youngest son, who I got to know at Casuarina Prison, and to whom Line of Sight is dedicated. Shane died too young, at 51. I got to spend some time with him just before his death, and we talked about many things, his life, his impending death, and the murder of his mother. It of course sticks in my throat that, bar one or two, the people responsible for Shirley's murder are all still alive, while Shane is not. Shane was a real character, a talented writer and artist, and he will be missed.

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