MonthOctober 2019

Capital Blues Inc, Wellington New Zealand

Weekly blues at Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub, corner of Dixon and Taranaki Streets Wellington – every Thursday from 8.30pm
Free for Blues Club members and guests

Wellington is one of Canberra’s sister cities, and we attended the 3 October blues night featuring Carol Bean, Terry Casey and Dave Murphy. What a great night out!

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Sulari Gentill on Bouchercon and the Terror Australis Festival

What is Bouchercon and why are Sulari Gentill and three fellow writers, Emma Viskic, Jock Serong and Robert Gott, going there?

Bouchercon® is the annual world mystery convention. Readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for 4 days of education, entertainment, and fun.

Sulari Gentill talks about Bouchercon and the Terror Australis Festival
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Paul Michael Murray – Contra-Fiction

Meditations on the survivor stories from the ‘Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’, and the culture of secrecy and justification within the Catholic Church
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
3 to 26 October 2019

Paul Michael Murray, draws on personal accounts, research and reflection to try and understand the theology and psychology that leads to a culture of child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Paul Murray talks to Barbie about Contra-Fiction. Please note that this interview and the exhibition contain suicide and child abuse themes
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Tim Snowdon Still Life

Suki & Hugh, Bungendore
12 October – 17 November 2019

In this exhibition, his first solo in 20 years, Tim will present a body of work which has been almost two years in the making. Offering a range of canvas sizes, a centre piece of the show is the large- scale work ‘Peaches’. The richness and accuracy of colour and the high level of detail are mouth-watering. Draped fabric appears to cascade off the canvas.

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In Conversation: Liz Nugent and Kirsten McDougall

Thursday 3 October 2019 at 6.30pm
Karori Library Wellington New Zealand

We attended this delightful free event at Karori Library whilst in Wellington. It was a friendly and well organised gathering with a cup of tea and light refreshments on arrival and a well-paced discussion between the two writers. The Wellington Library service is to be congratulated on providing high quality free events like this one. Great to be introduced to a local (NZ) writer’s work as well as the dark tales of Liz Nugent.

Liz Nugent, who was named Irish Woman of the Year in Literature in 2017, chats to Wellington writer Kirsten McDougall about turning to psychological thrillers after a career in Irish radio and television, and the art of getting inside the heads of monstrous characters.

Liz has published three novels Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait, and Skin Deep – which have all been  bestsellers and have collectively won four Irish Book Awards. Lying in Wait was voted Readers’ Choice for the British Richard and Judy Book Club.

In 2018, Kirsten McDougall’s second book Tess was a finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel and longlisted for the Acorn Prize for Fiction at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Angela Savage – The Dying Beach

Text Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 2013

Angela Savage will appear at the Terror Australia Festival in Cygnet Tasmania 1 to 3 November 2019

Angela Savage is the Director of Writers Victoria. She is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

Savage is a winner of the Scarlett Stiletto Award and has twice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards.

Barbie talks to Angela Savage about The Dying Beach
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