August 29, 2009
Late again with my blog. In my defence, I was busy preparing for my part in the Ned Kelly Awards last night. It also marked my last appearance at this year’s Melbourne Writers’ Festival. And I’m well and truly exhausted.
But first off, and the winners are:
- Best first novel GHOSTLINES by Nick Gadd
- Best fiction DEEP WATER, by Peter Corris and SMOKE & MIRRORS by Kel Robertson
- Best true crime THE TALL MAN by Chloe Hooper
- Lifetime achievement award – Shane Maloney
The night was in the very capable (and funny) hands of Jane Clifton – and started with the traditional debate. This year’s topic was Women do it Better. You can read the article on the debate (which I was part of) in the news section of this website. The actual award presentations featured some wonderful acceptance speeches and great banter between Peter Corris and Shane Maloney as Peter presented Shane with the lifetime achievement award.
Last Saturday I also took part in my second MWF panel, X-Rated. In this session, Garry Disher, Philip McLaren and I discussed how far crime writers can go with moderator Peter Lawrance. The session went really well, and brought up some interesting questions on the crime writer’s role in society’s exposure to violence.
During the week I also managed to attend to two sessions – one on digital marketing and one on the US publishing scene. Both were informative and engaging.
Then last night my festival journey came to an end and I collapsed into my bed (from tiredness, not too much wine) just before midnight. I’ve only got the weekend to recover because on Monday Sophie’s back home for another round of edits!Comments Off