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.



Varuna Writer-A-Day app

A great initiative by Varuna the Writers’ House in Katoomba – 365 writers reading from their work, one a day, for two minutes. You can download the app and hear a new writer every day or you can go to the Varuna blog and just choose the writers you’d like to hear. There’s a transcript of each reading if you’d rather read it. Hope you enjoy it.


There is a link to me reading from WHEN WE HAVE WINGS in the reference at the foot of this post and also on the Links page.