The Ties That BindSat 4 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette
Critically acclaimed Australian authors Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Mark Brandi shed light on sensitively shaping crime novels that depict the relationship between a parent and child, in conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy. Woollett’s The Newcomer is a delicately wrought story of a young woman’s murder, a mother’s grief, and the cascading aftermath of violence against women. Brandi’s The Others is a foreboding psychological drama involving an 11-year-old boy living with his survivalist father on a secluded farm.
Mark Brandi's bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards, and was shortlisted for numerous other prizes. His second novel, The Rip, was published to critical acclaim by Hachette Australia in 2019. His third novel, The Others, is out now.
Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for over 20 years. She produces 3RRR's Breakfast show and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. She is a 2021 Stella Prize judge, and in 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.
Laura Elizabeth Woollett is the author of The Love of a Bad Man (Scribe, 2016) and Beautiful Revolutionary (Scribe, 2018). She was the City of Melbourne's 2020 Boyd Garret Writer in Residence and is a 2020–22 Marten Bequest Scholar for Prose. Her latest novel is The Newcomer (Scribe, 2021).