Lighter Side of Crime at Write Here! Festival

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Event & Venue, News ~ by Press on  24 May 2019

You might want to think twice about sitting next to best-selling Sydney author Candice Fox at a wedding.

That is, unless you share her passion for true crime and the grisly details that come with it.

Fox, the headline presenter at Saturday’s inaugural Write Here! Festival in Lake Macquarie, said writing crime fiction gave her the freedom “to be as weird as I am”.

I dragged my husband on our honeymoon to a bunch of murder sites up the US east coast,” Fox said.

I’m that person at a wedding who wants to talk about serial killers. I’ll be at the police tape staring at the crime scene while the cops are trying to do their business. It’s all explained away by my job.”

Fox has collaborated with internationally recognised writer James Patterson on a series of crime novels, the latest of which – Hush Hush – will be presented at Write Here!

I guess I bring a not-so-heavy aspect to crime in general when I talk about it,” Fox said.

Crime writers can be very serious and sometimes we get weighed down discussing how crime reflects society or the history of the genre or whatever. I’m there to have a laugh.

I’m not callous, I just like to entertain. Once we all put aside the idea that you’re weird or unworthy just because you’re obsessed with crime and violence, there’s a lot of fun to be had.”

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said securing the calibre of Fox and fellow crime author Wendy James was a coup for the festival’s first instalment, to be held at Toronto Library.

This is an opportunity for aspiring authors and anyone else who simply loves the written word to hear first-hand from some of the industry’s best,” Ms Hemsley said.

Write Here! kicks off with a Writing Gym workshop at 7.30am.

Doors open at 8.30am for the rest of the day’s activities, including a 9.15am conversation between Wendy James and local writer and journalist Scott Bevan, and a 10.45am session with Fox and Hunter author Barry Maitland.

Entry to most sessions is by gold coin donation. The two-hour Writing Gym is $35 and includes breakfast. A 2-4pm zine workshop with Bastian Fox Phelan is $25, with all materials supplied.

Go to!-festival for details, bookings and a full festival timetable.

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