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.



Sydney Writers Festival – 14 May

Once again I’ll be back at the beautiful Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, this time to discuss Speculating Futures and Bending Genres with Steven Amsterdam and Kim Westwood as part of the Sydney Writers Festival. I think it will be a very interesting discussion as I feel, and from what I’ve read of Amsterdam’s and Westwood’s work, I doubt they’d disagree, that speculative fiction speaks very strongly to the present, to the concerns that we all feel right now. As William Burroughs said, ‘when you cut into the present the future leaks out.’


Program details here