with Chris Hammer and Emma Viskic / Chaired by Cath Kenneally
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Australian crime writers are riding a wave of global success, consistently creating compelling and charismatic characters who investigate heinous crimes with tenacity and often dry humour. Emma Viskic’s celebrated Caleb Zelic series, featuring a Deaf, articulate, obstinate, brilliant outsider as the private investigator protagonist, launched in 2016 with Resurrection Bay, with the recent Darkness for Light the third in the series. Chris Hammer’s debut Scrublands (2018) was a bestselling sensation, and his two follow up novels, Silver and Trust, all featuring the gritty and emotionally scarred journalist Martin Scarsden, have been equally acclaimed. Emma and Chris talk to Cath Kenneally about crafting compelling protagonists, and the long-term commitment required to write a series.
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Chris Hammer is a leading Australian crime fiction author. His debut Scrublands was an immediate hit in 2018, topping the Australian fiction bestseller charts and going on to win the prestigious UK Crime Writers Association’s New Blood Dagger for best debut. His follow ups, Silver (2019) and Trust (2020), achievrf similar success, with Silver named a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year for 2020. All three books are being published in translation in Europe and Asia, and have been shortlisted for major literary prizes in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Emma Viskic is author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series. Resurrection Bay won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers' Choice. It was iBooks Australia's Crime Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger and New Blood awards. Its sequel, And Fire Came Down, won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Novel. A classically trained clarinettist, Emma studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Rotterdam Conservatorium. Her musical career ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to playing at an engagement party that ended in a brawl.
Cath Kenneally is a poet, novelist and longtime arts journalist and broadcaster. Her latest book is The Southern Oscillation Index from Wakefield Press (2020).