After a successful weekend of events, today is the final day of the Maroondah Writers and Readers Festival. The day began with Underbelly author John Silvester for brunch at Lakeside Cafe in Ringwood.
John Silvester, began by discussing his journalism background, which led to his career as a prominent crime writer. John has published and edited over 30 books on crime and received a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award together with ‘Underbelly’ co-author’ Andrew Rule.
John spoke about the research he undertakes and his experiences in interviewing the subjects of his books. John also mentioned that a prequel is expected for the Underbelly, which will focus on the identities notorious during the 1980s.
Brunch was provided by Lakeside Cafe and Collins Bookstores were available to sell a number of John’s books. The Maroondah Writers and Festival became a success due to the strong partnerships which were formed with organisations such as Maroondah City Council, Eastern Regional Libraries, Lakeside Cafe, Collins Booksellers and North Ringwood Community House.
As a member of the Writers and Readers Festival steering group I will be suggesting a continuation of the festival to ensure that the event continues in future years.
I would like to thank the many community members who attended the events over the weekend and to the dedicated people that organised the festival.