This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 119  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Crime, Fiction
Have you ever sacrificed sleep to a good story? Three experts in suspense spill the beans on how they keep your heart rate up and your fingers urgently turning pages. Candice Fox is an award-winning crime writer currently collaborating with James Patterson; Graham Potts’s new novel, No Free Man, is an addictive tale of espionage; and Aoife Clifford’s debut thriller, All These Perfect Strangers, is already earning high praise for its duplicitous storytelling techniques. From old-fashioned cliffhangers to unreliable narrators, Nigel Bartlett finds out how these writers raise the stakes, and why a cracking story is always the most powerful secret ingredient.

Friday 20 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings

Graham Potts (Australian)

War defines the first decade of Graham Potts's adult life. After challenging assignments with the Royal Australian Air Force, his inner strategist acknowledged the truth: writing is his true passion. Graham has a fondness for literature and an appetite for intrigue, offering an action-packed style that captivates, thrills, and touches on the truth. His first novel is No Free Man, released in January 2016.

Aoife Clifford (Australian)

Aoife Clifford is the author of All These Perfect Strangers, published in Australia and United Kingdom (Simon & Schuster), and in the United States (Penguin Random House). She has won both the Scarlet Stiletto and the S.D.Harvey Ned Kelly Award, been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writer’s Association Debut Dagger and was awarded an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for All These Perfect Strangers. In 2016 her short fiction has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Review of Australian Fiction and Crime Factory.

Candice Fox (Australian)

Candice Fox is an award-winning crime writer. Hades, her first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back-to-back. Her third novel, Fall, was released in late 2015. Two collaborative works by Candice and James Patterson are due out in 2016; Black and Blue in May and Never Never in August. Candice lives in Sydney, where she lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

Nigel Bartlett (Australian)

Nigel Bartlett is the author of King of the Road, published by Vintage/Random House. Writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, Debra Adelaide called King of the Road ‘a carefully crafted thriller that never misses a beat, delivering a confronting story with great control of the genre’. Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph called it ‘a beautifully constructed, tightly written and very tense thriller’. Nigel is also a magazine writer and editor who has worked for many of the best-known publications in Australia. In 2012 he completed a research masters in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He lives in the inner-city suburb of Redfern.



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