I’m so happy to be part of this speculative fiction festival on at the beautiful NSW Writers Centre tomorrow. I’ll be talking all things AI and cyborgs with Sean Williams, Krissy Kneen and John Birmingham and there will be wonderful sessions with James Bradley, Julie Koh, Kaaron Warren and many other wonderful writers I am so looking forward to seeing.
10:00am – 11:00am
@ The Carrington
SINS OF THE PAST
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
LOVE AND MUSIC
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love you to join us at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts in Pitt St, Sydney on Wednesday, 3rd May, 12:30 – 1:30 for a stimulating in conversation with renowned author Tom Keneally as we discuss my new novel. It will be fun.
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…
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.
I’ve been asked to give a talk on Australia’s Future Submarine at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts: 12:30pm on 29th September 2014 at the SMSA building on Pitt St.
Unfortunately illness meant I had to cancel this – a shame as I know there were a few looking forward to it. May reschedule for early next year – this issue won’t be going away any time soon.
I’m looking forward to the tomorrow’s Master Class as part of the ASAL 2014 Worlds Within Conference. I will be presenting my paper on Peter Carey’s short story Do You Love Me? (titled Must Australia Always Be Imaginary?) on Thursday 10th July at Sydney University.
Program is here: Worlds Within.
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.
at Sydney Mechanic School of Arts, photo taken by my lovely student Irina. This first course has finished but we will probably run another one in August/September.