30th May – Love and Music: Varuna Blue Mountains Sydney Writers’ Festival Event with Graeme Simsion and me


Tuesday 30 May The Carrington Hotel

10:00am – 11:00am
@ The Carrington
Award-winning British writer Natalie Haynes’ book The Amber Fury explores a contemporary murder and its narrative connections with the ancient Greek tragedy plays. Australian writer Maggie Joel’s The Safest Place in London, a 1940’s wartime drama, reflects this author’s fascination with time and place. Session Chair Katherine Johnson’s mystery The Better Son, a novel about family secrets and lies, is set in 1950’s Tasmania.

11:00am – 12:30pm
@ The Carrington
Graeme Simsion’s latest book The Best of Adam Sharp is set in France and has been described as ‘a dilemma with lots of music’ with ‘complications, transgressions and resolutions’ for its main character. Claire Corbett’s Watch Over Me is a thriller of love under the pressure of occupation and war in which music plays an important role. They talk about their work with Varuna Chair David White.



6th May: Launch of Watch Over Me with Patti Miller at The Carrington Hotel

Join us Saturday afternoon, May 6, 3-5pm by the fire in the cosy Library at the Carrington Hotel for the launch of WATCH OVER ME, described by Tom Keneally as ‘this gem of a novel’.

Launching the book will be renowned author and teacher Patti Miller. We look forward to seeing you there for a fun launch and delicious Arctic Tea – scones and CLOUDBERRY jam, for which there will be a modest cover charge of $5. Please RSVP to Megalong Books on 4784 1302 or  books@megalongbooks.com.au


British Science Fiction Association – 19 November

I am so looking forward to this – an interview as a guest of the BSFA in the Artillery Arms. My interviewer is brilliant academic, writer and sometime game designer Dr Colin Harvey. This night will be so much fun. Would love to see you there.

Time: from 5pm in the bar downstairs, I think.

Interview from 7ish upstairs

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Looks like the BSFA couldn’t have chosen a better pub – just across from a cemetery – how atmospheric for a group of SF writers…

Readings at Writers Omi and New York City

As part of my Writers Omi residency  I will be taking part with the other writers in my residency in two readings: one is a reading and Fall BBQ at Writers Omi on Saturday October 18 5pm. This sounds like great informal fun as there will be a reception afterwards.


The second event is a reading at KGB Bar in New York City. If you’re in town it would be lovely to see you there. Sunday, Nov 2, 7pm, 85 E.4th Street.

Submarine Conference 2014

A photo from ASPI’s submarine conference – I’m in the middle there between the UK Defence attache to the left and an executive from Northrop Grumman (hidden) on the right and some senior Americans I never did meet. We’re listening to Defence Minister David Johnston.