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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.

Colleen Egan and PM Newton - Davitt Awards

Congrats to Pam Newton and Colleen Egan for taking out Sister in Crime Davitt Awards in different categories. I reviewed Colleen's terrific 'Murderer No More' earlier on this blog, and Pam's 'The Old School was also the winner of an Asher Award and short-listed in the best first fiction category of the Ned Kelly Awards, and is also well worth a read. You can learn more about the book at Pam's website - http://pmnewton.blogspot.com/

Fiona McGregor - Indelible Ink

While I was over in Melbourne it was also terrific to hear that Fiona McGregor's latest novel, Indelible Ink, has finally received the recognition it deserves. Indelible Ink was one of my favourite Australian novels of 2010, and it's hard to fathom how it missed out on some of the other short-lists about the place. Either way, congrats to Fiona on taking out The Age Book of the Year Award - reviewed by myself earlier below (spoiler alert - I describe the ending somewhat, towards the end...)

 

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