Sunday, March 22, 2015

Save the date: Murder Most Foul

Two New Zealand literary festivals have released their 2015 programmes recently, the iconic Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, and the new-kid of the block, the Dunedin Writers Festival.

While the AWRF has had some terrific crime fiction events in the past, this year's otherwise-outstanding programme is disappointingly thin on the ground for readers of the world's favourite genre. Fortunately the Dunedin Writers Festival has come to the rescue with an outstanding panel event that shows that one of the world's Cities of Literature may also be becoming New Zealand's capital of crime (writing).

It's great to see three of New Zealand's preeminent authors - who just happen to write crime fiction - joined together in a panel with a hidden gem of the local literary scene, Rogelio Guedea - a Mexican poet, crime writer and essayist who has been teaching at the University of Otago for the past decade. Rogelio is a bestselling crime writer in his home country (writing the books from his base here in Dunedin), and an award-winning poet. It should make for an amazing afternoon at the Dunedin Writers Festival, and I hope that any crime fiction fans in the region will make sure to head along and support these great authors. I may have to hop on a plane myself.

Here's the blurb from the official programme, just released this weekend:

Murder Most Foul
Crime is the most popular fiction genre. What makes the crime writer tick, and why do so many people want to read novels of nastiness? Vanda Symon chairs a panel with Rogelio Guedea, Paddy Richardson and Liam McIlvanney who specialise in terror and suspense. Find out what drives them to chill, thrill and kill within their pages.

Sunday 10 May, 4pm–5pm, Fullwood Room, 1 Harrop St., Dunedin Centre, — service fees will apply, $18/$15

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