Thriller author to speak at lunch

THE Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival is fast approaching and will go ahead with a slight change to the literary lunch program.

Festival organisers said Robert Drewe, who was originally programmed to speak at the lunch, had withdrawn due to ill health.

Internationally best-selling author and former Coffs Harbour resident Michael Robotham will speak at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival Literary Lunch instead.

Mr Robotham is popular worldwide for his tense psychological crime thrillers. Previously a successful investigative reporter in the UK and Europe and later a Sunday Times bestselling ghost-writer, Michael’s novels have won many admirers including Val McDermid, Peter James and Stephen King. He has been short- listed for the UK Steel Dagger and won the Ned Kelly for best crime novel twice.

His internationally best-selling psychological thrillers include Lost, The Suspect, The Night

Ferry, Shatter and Bleed For Me. The Wreckage will be published in May 2011 by Little, Brown.

Mr Robotham said The Wreckage is an international conspiracy thriller set in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and the war in Iraq.

Describing his experience as a writer he said, “You need a passion and flare, but mostly a love for words – the beauty, power and intricacy of language.

“While plot is important to a crime novel, so are your characters because long after people have forgotten the twists and turns of the story they will remember the characters.”

The Literary Lunch will be staged at Bellingen’s Old Butter Factory on Saturday, April 9, at noon. Bookings can be made through the festival website at www.brwf.com.au and $60 includes a two-course meal with wine.

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