So I have an eighteen-month old daughter named Rocket, which is pretty great (she’s currently asleep so I am currently sincere about that), though having a kid does put a bit of a halt to my usual festival visits. Currently, we’re approaching the tail end of the divine Melbourne Writers Festival, and while I won’t be able to attend any shenanigans this year (sob), here are four events I’ll be keeping Twitter tabs on.
Friday, August 30
10am: The Morning Read, Festival Hub at Beer DeLuxe (free)
It’s early, but if you can crawl your way there with a coffee you’ll be treated to Big Issue books editor Thuy On as she hosts readings by Fiona Capp, Tao Lin, Jane Rawson and Zane Lovitt. Zane wrote The Midnight Promise, one of my favourite books of last year, a noir set of tales of a downtrodden Melbourne private detective. The rest ain’t so bad either.
Saturday, August 31
2:30pm: A Year of Stella, Wheeler Centre Performance Space (tickets $19.50/$21.50)
The Stella Prize was launched a year ago, and this year’s winner was Carrie Tiffany and her work Mateship with Birds. A literary prize for women is a fabulous idea and this should be celebrated heartily and possibly drunkenly.
4pm: The Stolen Picasso, NGV Theatrette at Ian Potter Centre (tickets $19.50/$21.50)
Ned Kelly Award winner Chris Womersley’s newest book, Cairo, is set in 1986 and tunnels into the underground art scene of my beloved Melbourne. He’ll talk literature, art, crime, and stealing Picassos.
Sunday, September 1
10am: Crime Through Time, ACMI Cinema 1 (tickets $19.50/$21.50)
I’ll be at work, sadly, for this amazing-looking event with authors Kerry Greenwood, Shane Maloney and Annie Hauxwell. The program says it best: This criminal triumvirate investigates crime writing through the ages and the traditions and tropes of the trade with literary professor Ken Gelder. I love all these authors and the protagonists they’ve created, and I can’t wait to hear what they had to say.
Haven’t had enough? The Brisbane Writers Festival starts Tuesday, September 3 – and I’ll be posting a list of all the must-see crime events going on there shortly, once I can find a sufficiently wistful font.