NEWS, MEDIA & EVENTS
DEATH IN JULY (BALLARAT)
Saturday 5 July 2014, 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Ballarat will be the scene of the crime in July when a formidable line-up of authors gather to celebrate Australian women’s crime writing.
Death In July festival will give fans of crime the chance to hear award-winning writers speak on topics including ‘the CSI effect’, YA crime and the future of the genre.
Seasoned crime writer Angela Savage, Miles Franklin shortlistee Maurilia Meehan and forensic pathologist Dr Shelley Robertson are some of the guests to appear at Death In July, which is co-hosted by Ballarat Writers and Sisters in Crime Australia.
The festival will launch on 4 July with a gala opening at the Museum of Democracy at Eureka.
Organiser Jill Blee said Death In July will treat festival goers to the best in Australian women’s crime writing.
“There will be plenty of advice for budding crime writers and readers will have the opportunity to meet their favourite writers.”
Ms Blee said winter was the perfect time to hold the festival.
“Snuggling up to a good whodunit is the best way to cope with the cold outside.”
Carmel Shute, national co-convenor of Sisters in Crime, said that its 400-plus Victorian members were already packing their winter woollies for the festival.
“We’re delighted to be conspiring with Ballarat Writers to bring top women’s crime writing to Ballarat.”
A great debate dubbed ‘Dames vs Dicks’ will cap off the festival on 5 July, when popular crime authors of both sexes will argue whether women or men are the best in the business, with the audience the judge.
For more information and tickets visit the Ballarat Writers website.
ABC RADIO NATIONAL
BOOKS AND ARTS SHOW
28th March 2014
Join Maurilia Meehan on Books and Arts, Radio National, ABC from 10am to 11am on Friday 28th of March as part of a panel discussion of Flaubert's Madame Bovary.
MAURILIA MEEHAN APPEARING AT:
SISTERS IN CRIME
WORDS BY THE BAY - BRIGHTON
4 April 2014 - 6:30pm
Three crime writers – Jane Clifton, Kathryn Ledson and Maurilia Meehan – talk about how their sleuths are challenging and subverting conventions (and having lots of fun doing it) with Sisters in Crime convenor Jacqui Horwood.
Jane Clifton: The writer, actor and singer is back in print with her third crime novel, Flush (Clan Destine Press), about a body washed up in the Maribyrnong River. Decca Brand, the former psychologist of the number 1 suspect, gets embroiled in the whodunit along with DCI Archie Stock and his sidekick, “Davey” Crockett, from the Homicide Unit.
Clifton is halfway through her fourth crime novel, Flash. Meanwhile, she recently appeared in Boy out of the Country, a play written in verse on at fortyfive downstairs, and is booked out to April with marriage celebrations.
Kathryn Ledson: Hot on the heels of Rough Diamond, Ledson has just published Monkey Business (Penguin Books Australia), the second in her series of romantic, action-packed novels featuring the unforgettable Erica Jewell, Australia’s own Stephanie Plum. She has a bossy cat, an annoying mother and a secret job – which comes with a mysterious lover who's taken off on some unspecified dangerous mission.
In 2006, Ledson abandoned her corporate career and returned to study with relief and a great sense of home-coming. Info:
Maurilia Meehan: An award-winning novelist, Meehan turned to crime last year with Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery (Transit Lounge)which plays with the conventions of the mystery, and delightfully subverts one of its treasured finales. It pays homage to both Christie and Flaubert.
Meehan won the State of Victoria Short Story Award and her first novel was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Award. Her second novel,Fury, about Olympe de Gouges, an activist guillotined during the French Revolution, has been translated into German and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and the Miles Franklin Award. The Sea People (Penguin Books Australia), about the ill-fated first settlement in Sorrento (where one of Maurilia's ancestors arrived in a convict ship) was shortlisted for the Braille Talking Books Award. Her book Adultery (Penguin Books Australia) has the honour of being one of the most stolen books from libraries. Her first four novels all come out as e-books this year.
Jacqui Horwood has been a convenor with Sisters in Crime Australia since 2008. She won the 2003 Scarlet Stiletto Award for her crime short story, “Slasher’s Return”, published in Scarlet Stiletto: the First Cut. Her true crime story “Taskforce Zebra: Beating the Odds” was published in Outside the Law 3. Jacqui regularly hosts Sisters in Crime events and has a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Creative Writing).
Proudly part of Words by the Bay: Bayside Literary Series, presented by Bayside City Council.
Brighton Theatre, Bayside Arts and Culture Centre, Wilson Street, Brighton
$10 (members/concession)/$15 (non-members). Runs to 8pm.
Info: Carmel Shute: 0412 569 356
MADAME BOVARY 'S HABERDASHERY LAUNCH AT READINGS CARLTON
Madame Bovary's Haberdashery was launched at the iconic Readings Book Shop in Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria. A warm thank you to the fabulous Allison Croggon who opened the evening with this fantastic talk:
The title alone of Maurilia Meehan’s fifth novel – Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery – gives a flavour of this book. For one thing, it’s very pleasurable to say out loud. For another, it suggests the witty subversiveness of this playful novel. This is a novel that knits together – knitting being the operative word – the unlikely. Gustav Flaubert and Agatha Christie. Eroticism and crochet.
It’s really hard to know where to begin with this slyly knitted work of fiction. It’s an often hilarious satire on the battle of the sexes, which portrays sexism as a series of delusions, willed or otherwise, on the part of both sexes.
Given that prejudice requires the careful editing out of frame any facts that challenge the idea that particular classes of human being are inferior to others, this is a fair thesis. It’s also one of the traditional bases of comedy, which has always relied on the gap between how people perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others. Maurilia Meehan exploits this freely with her absurd and unlikely gallery of characters. Read more
Click play above to watch Maurilia Meehan speaking, hosted by Ballarat Writers in Ballarat, Victoria.