Duration: 60 minutes
Please note this event will be live streamed via the Brisbane Libraries Facebook page.
Three rising stars of crime fiction are teaming up for a series of virtual events this October. Journalist Katherine Firkin, literary agent and comedian Benjamin Stevenson and youth counsellor Kyle Perry will virtually unite from their homes in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart to discuss their respective novels and publishing journeys, themes they explore, how their professions have contributed to their books and how our rapidly changing world affects their writing.
Katherine Firkin’s Sticks and Stones was hailed by New Idea as ‘A gritty police procedural that tells the story behind the crime’ and MARIE CLAIRE declared ‘Australian crime fiction has just found an exciting new voice’. Firkin is a Melbourne based journalist and her work as a former crime and court reporter largely inspired her debut novel Sticks and Stones. She brings an authentic voice to the world of crime fiction where she explores the domino effect that violence and trauma have on people’s lives – how the actions of one person can affect dozens into the future, sometimes over the span of decades. She wanted to show the devastation of this cycle of neglect, and the links between upbringing and behaviour, between self-esteem and self-harm.
Benjamin Stevenson’s debut novel, Greenlight, was released in 2018 to praise such as ‘An exceptional new talent’ – Jane Harper. Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author, podcaster and literary agent. Greenlight was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for the Best Debut Crime Fiction, and published in the USA and UK. Either Side of Midnight, his second novel, explores the power of influence in today’s world and asks the question how is it murder when millions of people saw the victim pull the trigger? Authors such as Christian White and Jack Heath have expressed their admiration for Either Side of Midnight, with Liane Moriarty calling it ‘a gripping, gritty thriller with an ingeniously shocking premise and twists and turns you’ll never see coming.’
Kyle Perry’s The Bluffs was released just this month, and has so far garnered praise including ‘this is an intricately woven, cerebrally stimulating tale’ – Good Reading; and ‘spine-tingling and absorbing’ – WHO magazine. Perry, a counsellor and youth worker who has worked extensively in high schools, youth shelters and drug rehabs, has drawn on his professional experiences to pen a book that explores what happens when a group of four teenage girls go missing: the ramifications it has on their families, their friends and their community; the secrets that emerge and the toxic nature of teenage girls in particular.
Join Katherine, Benjamin and Kyle for this special online event as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series in partnership with Brisbane Writers Festival.