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Sydney Writers Festival

I have three great sessions this year at the SWF on Saturday the 27th May and Sunday the 28th May. They are all ticketed events so I’ve included the links if you’d like to book.

Saturday the 27th May  10.00: Smoking Gun: Crime Fiction

Some of Australia’s finest crime writers discuss the art of suspense. Tom Keneally and Meg Keneally are behind the Monsarrat series, where historical fiction meets crime. Bestselling writer Candice Fox has delivered again with her latest, Crimson Lake. Melina Marchetta turned her hand to crime fiction after building a career as one of Australia’s best-loved Young Adult authors. With Giulia De Biase, these acclaimed crime writers will shed light on writing about the shadowy world of crime.

Saturday, 27th May  at 7.30pm: People of Letters

In this rare People of Letters show, writers, performers and well-known Australians are paired off and invited to write ‘a letter to my other half’. The stage will be awash with warmth and curious tales of affection, bringing together the heady combination of sentiment and sauvignon blanc that audiences have grown to know and love. Featuring Lee Lin Chin and Chris Leben, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, Jodi Phillis and Trish Young, Melanie Joosten and Rajith Savanadasa, and Melina Marchetta and Pia Miranda. With Angie Hart.

Sunday 28th May at 1130: 25 Years of Alibrandi – Have a Say Day (I think this will be my favourite)

To mark 25 years of the classic Australian ‘coming of age’ novel, Looking for Alibrandi, our all-star panel lovingly recreates the central plot point when Josie Alibrandi makes a speech at Have a Say Day in Martin Place and meets Jacob Coote for the first time. Host Pia Miranda joins Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Mark Di Stefano, Gen Fricker, Brodie Lancaster and Rajith Savanadasa as they unleash their inner Josies and have their say.

Misc 2017

It’s been a while, so here’s a bit of everything in a nutshell.

What I’m working on

A short story for the Review of Australian Fiction (RAF), coming out later in the year. It’s called When Rosie meets Jim. I’m going to say “no comment” to any questions about who Jim is until I finish it, but Jim is now twenty-five years old, and if all goes to plan, this short story will be chapter one of the next novel I’m writing.

What’s excited me

I’ve never known how to answer the question regarding who I would invite to the perfect dinner party, but it occurred to me last night at The Dixie Chicks Sydney Concert that it would be those amazing talented women. I’ve got a crush on them all. They had an honourable mention in The Piper’s Son, and listening to their music last night reminded me that I played them to death when I was writing TPS.

What I’ve been reading

Sophie Hannah

Maria Semple

I’ve rediscovered the joy of going to libraries, and walking out with ten books.

Last two films I watched at the cinema.


No foreigner has pulled off an Australian accent like Dev Patel. Bawled my eyes out. Extraordinary story.

Dance Academy , the film.

This won’t be released until Easter, but I went to a special advance showing last week. Loved it. Loved it. If you are a fan of the TV series it will exceed your expectations. If you are a fan of YA you’ll enjoy it so much. The characters are out in the big world and it’s such a wonderfully emotional journey.

Where I’ll be this Year

 A few literary festivals, which I’ll mentioned in length once the programs have been announced.

It’s Looking For Alibrandi’s 25th year anniversary, so there are some little special events taking place this year.

Writing workshops and events in Bathurst, Ayr North Queensland, St Albans, Melbourne, Brisbane.  I will keep you posted when more details are released.

Career hopes for 2017

What else? That the Jellicoe film happens. Fingers crossed that it does. And the chance to work on second draft of Saving Francesca. Getting a film off the ground in this country is heart breaking but I have to believe there is a place for these stories.

Canberra Sunday 27th November

Just a reminder that I’ll be in Canberra this Sunday  speaking at the very cool Muse and interviewed by the very very cool Nikki Anderson. (3-4pm bookings required).

I’ve also included a link to a great interview I did with Lisa Portolan at Her Canberra.

Melina Marchetta at Muse


Riverbend Books, Brisbane Fri 4th Nov

Just a reminder for Brisbane peeps that I will be speaking at both Avid Books and Riverbend books this weekend.

Below is from Riverbend’s website. It costs $5.00 and you can book here.


Join us at 6.30pm on Friday the 4th of November as Melina Marchetta chats about her gripping new crime novel, Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil. 

Best known as Australia’s best-selling young adult fiction writer (Looking for Alibrandi, On Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca), this is Melina’s first foray into Crime – and she has all the critics raving.  Book your tickets to hear about her transition to the dark side of crime!

‘A novel of great scope, of past and present, and above all, the Marchetta trademark of a fierce and loving heart.’
Marcus Zusak