Michael Robotham is a best-selling crime writer presenting sessions at the Bellingen Readers' and Writers' Festival in April.
Michael Robotham is a best-selling crime writer presenting sessions at the Bellingen Readers' and Writers' Festival in April.

Festival delves into criminal minds

COFFS Coast raised and celebrated crime author Michael Robotham will be presenting workshops at the Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival.

Check out the Criminal Thoughts, Criminal Minds session featuring Michael along with Barry Maitland and Wendy James on Saturday April 9, 10.45am to 11.45am.

Michael will delve into the secrets of the dark art – whodunit, how they do it and why crime books are so popular.

In a separate session, from 3.15pm to 4.15pm on Sunday April 10, called Blood and Psychology, Means and Motive he will provide forensic insight to a world where nothing is ever as it seems.

Michael said he lived in Coffs Harbour for six years and went to high school in the region.

“My father was one of the first teachers at Orara High School when it opened in the early seventies. In the summer I played first grade and inter district cricket, often travelling to Bellingen for matches. We had numerous picnics at The Promised Land, riding inner tubes down the rapids.”

He said writing was a solitary profession and writers’ festivals allowed for a rare interaction between the author and reader.

“For most of the year I lock myself away in my basement office, my three daughters refer to it as ‘Dad’s pit of despair’, wrestling with characters who won’t behave and words that won’t get in line.

“Writers’ festivals are a completely different experience. I get instant feedback. I can sense the hush and hear the collective intake of breath, or hear the laughter.”

The full program and ticket information is available at www.brwf.com.au.

ART OF WHODUNIT: Michael Robotham is a best-selling crime writer presenting sessions at the Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival in April.



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