Something Rotten in the Apple Isle:
Something Rotten in the Apple Isle
Three Tasmanian-born writers talk about their new novels,
all set in Tasmania, but with different and fatal twists.
Sydney-based writer, Josephine Pennicott, is the author of three fantasy books, and now Poet’s Cottage (Pan MacMillan),
a mystery novel set in a Tasmanian sea-fishing village in 1930s and the present day.
It has been sold in a bidding war to Ullstein publishers in Germany, along with Currawong Manor, her current mystery in progress.
Josephine has had a long apprenticeship in the crime genre, winning the Scarlet Stiletto trophy in 2001 for her short story
“Birthing the Demons” and again last year for “Shadows”. Along the way, she won numerous category awards.
Launceston-born Poppy Gee spends every summer with her family at their shack in the Bay of Fires, which also the title for her
debut novel, published in March by Hachette.
Bay of Fires was written as part of Poppy's Masters in Creative Writing, at the University of Queensland. The body of a backpacker washes ashore in the idyllic small town in Tasmania and the close-knit community starts to fall apart. As long-buried secrets start to come out, the delicate balance of their fragile lives is threatened...
Poppy has worked as a journalist, editor and book reviewer and currently teaches journalism and creative writing. She has nearly completed her next novel, another literary thriller set in the Tasmanian ski village Ben Lomond.
Livia Day has lived in Hobart for most of her life and A Trifle Dead (Twelfth Planet Press) is her first novel.
The action revolves around Tabitha Darling who has always had a dab hand for pastry and a knack for getting into trouble – not a useful trait when she’s trying to run a hipster urban cafe, invent the perfect trendy dessert, and stop feeding the many (oh so unfashionable) policemen in her life. It all goes pear-shaped when a dead muso is found in the flat upstairs...
Livia fell in love with crime fiction at an early age. Her first heroes were Miss Jane Marple and Mrs Emma Peel, and not a lot has changed since then! She now spends far too much time planning which picturesque tourist spot will get the next fictional corpse.
Date: Friday June 14
Time: 8 pm (or from 6.30 for dinner)
Venue: The Rising Sun Hotel,
cnr Raglan St & Eastern Rd,
South Melbourne (no lift).
Mel Ref: 57, H2.
Try 1, 55, 112 or St Kilda Road trams.
Free on-street parking after 6pm.
Cost: $10 (members/concession )$15 (non-members).
Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm.
Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome.
No bookings necessary. 10% for members from the Sun Bookshop bookstall.
Info: Carmel Shute on 0412 569 356