Festival Program

Highlight Event

For the Love of Crime

Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm
RMIT Storey Hall

A commitment to a life of crime (writing) might seem like the perfect job, but it’s not all plot twists and shiny daggers. Three giants in the genre – Scottish icon Val McDermid and award-winning Australian greats Mark Brandi and Christian White – come clean about the trials and tribulations of a life devoted to the wrong side of the law. With Jason Steger.


1 hour


Session Artists

Mark Brandi's bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and the Australian Indie Book Award for Best Debut. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. His second novel, The Rip, is out now.

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award.

Jason Steger is Fairfax Media’s literary editor and was a panellist for eleven years on ABC TV's The Book Club.

Christian White is an author and screenwriter. His bestselling debut novel, The Nowhere Child, has won and been shortlisted for major awards. It’s been published in 16 territories around the world, and will become a major TV series in a US/Australia co-production. Christian’s highly anticipated second novel, The Wife and the Widow, is out in October.

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