Last-minute literature – the must-see Brisbane Writers Festival events you can still get tickets to
Calling all movers, shakers, thinkers and lit-lovers – the Brisbane Writers Festival is rolling into town with a huge roster of guests and activities that will make your brain melt and your heart sing! Some of the world’s most brilliant minds will be congregating to share their wisdom, but don’t fret if you haven’t snapped up tickets just yet – we’ve whipped up a little list of amazing events that still have some spots available.
Hayden Cox – New Wave Vision – Saturday September 8 at 10:00 am
If you don’t know the name Hayden Cox, allow us to fill you in – the 33-year-old is one of the surfing industry’s most successful and innovative businessmen, having created one of the best-selling surfboards in history that has revolutionised the sport. Hayden will appear in conversation with The Courier-Mail editor Phil Brown to discuss his book The New Wave, touching on Hayden’s journey to success in the most frank and realistic way.
Beautiful Revolutionary – Sunday September 9 at 10:00 am
Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple are two things that tend to evoke some seriously heavy emotions – after all, this man and his magnetic charm managed to influence a whole crop of people into ultimately killing themselves. The compelling true story is the basis for Laura Elizabeth Woollet’s thrilling novel Beautiful Revolutionary, a mixture of meticulously researched fact and engrossing speculative fiction. Laura will be speaking with real-life cult survivor Claire Ashman, as they discuss the power of influence and breaking free from a captor.
The Long Drop/In the Garden of Fugitives – Saturday September 8 at 4:30 pm
As much as true crime is having a serious moment right now, we must admit we love a grizzly fiction tale just as much. Scottish novelist (and Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame inductee) Denise Mina and homegrown hero Ceridwen Dovey will be appearing together with Professor Paul Mazerolle to take a deep-dive into the psychology behind crime writing – from the violence to the laws, find out how these stories come together.
The Trauma Cleaner – Friday September 7 at 5:30 pm
It takes a special kind of person to become a trauma cleaner – coming in and dealing with the aftermath of overdoses, the desperation of hoarders and the unbearable tragedy of forgotten bodies. It takes an equally special kind of person to chronicle this life journey, which is what Sarah Kranostein has done with her book about Sandra Pankhurst. Sarah will be appearing in conversation with Walkley Award-winning journalist Paul Barclay about her heart-wrenching (and also heart-warming) coverage of one remarkable woman’s profession.
Into the Night/The Woman in the Window – Saturday September 8 at 6:00 pm
Who doesn’t love a bit of mystery? New York Times bestselling author A.J. Finn knows how to craft a page-turner, with his neo-noir thriller The Woman in the Window making serious waves around the world. Melbourne’s Sarah Bailey is another amazing mind with a talent for the more clandestine side of life, writing electrifying fiction centred on her creation Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock. Fellow writer Helene Young will chair the two authors in conversation.
Brisbane Writers Festival is running from September 6–9 at the State Library of Queensland and a host of other venues – to see the amazing selection of ticketed and free events with spaces still available, head to the official website.