Something rotten in the Apple Isle: Three Tasmanian-born writers talk to Lindy Cameron about their new novels, all set in Tasmania, but with different (and fatal) twists.
Sydney-based 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 the 1930s and present day. It was sold in a bidding war to Ullstein publishers (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. http://josephinepennicott.com/
Poppy Gee, who was born in Launceston, spends every summer with her family at its shack in the Bay of Fires, also the title for her forthcoming debut novel (Hachette). The body of a backpacker is washed ashore at 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. Bay of Fires was written as part of a Masters in Creative Writing, at the University of Queensland. 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. www.hachette.com.au/authors/poppy-gee/
Livia Day has lived in Hobart for most of her life and A Trifle Dead (Deadlines/Twelfth Planet Press) is her first novel. The action revolves around Tabitha Darling who has always been a dab hand at making pastry and has a knack for getting into trouble – not a useful trait when she’s trying to run a hipster urban café, 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 at which picturesque tourist spot the next fictional corpse will be found. tabithadarlingsbedroomfloor.tumblr.com
When: 8pm, Friday 14 June.
Where: Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne.
More Information: http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/content/something-rotten-apple-isle