If you tune into Radio New Zealand National just after 4pm today, then you may find yourself listening to an intriguing hour-long discussion about crime fiction, with three of New Zealand's most successful and acclaimed crime writers: Paul Cleave, Vanda Symon, and Paul Thomas. Over the past few weeks Radio New Zealand has been broadcasting a small selection of the Writers and Readers sessions from the New Zealand International Arts Festival earlier this year. It's great that those who couldn't be in Wellington get a chance to hear some of the great onstage discussions that audiences loved at the festival.
Here's the official blurb for the fifth of the sessions to be broadcast, "New Zealand Crime":
Three of New Zealand’s most prominent crime writers – Paul Cleave, Vanda Symon and Paul Thomas – discuss how their stories are affected by their distinctly New Zealand setting.
Paul Cleave’s Christchurch-set thrillers are critically acclaimed worldwide. His debut, The Cleaner, is one of the biggest selling novels to come out of New Zealand.
Paul Thomas dragged local murder mysteries into modernity with popular thrillers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After a decade-long hiatus, Thomas returns with Death on Demand.
Called ‘New Zealand’s contemporary Queen of Crime’ by the NZ Listener, Vanda Symon is the creator of the bestselling Sam Shephard novels, set in Otago and Southland; the latest in the series is Bound.
They talk with Craig Sisterson
For those who can't tune in, you should also be able to listen, either live or by playing an uploaded audio file following the broadcast, at the Radio New Zealand website here.