Two clients of the agency, SULARI GENTILL and MALLA NUNN, are on the shortlist for the 15th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women in the Best Adult Novel category.
This year, Sulari Gentill is contending for the award with her sixth novel in her Rowland Sinclair series, A MURDER UNMENTIONED (Pantera Press), and Malla Nunn for her fourth novel in the Emmanuel Cooper series set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, PRESENT DARKNESS (Xoum Publishing). Both Sulari and Malla are previous Davitt award winners. They are shortlisted with four other authors.
Congratulations are also due to another client of the agency, P.M. NEWTON, for her novel BEAMS FALLING (Penguin) making the longlist.
The Davitts apply to books published the previous calendar year and are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, FORCE AND FRAUD in 1865. The awards have played a pioneering role in getting women’s crime writing better recognised in Australia.
Leading UK crime writer Sophie Hannah will present the awards at a gala dinner at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre at 7pm, Saturday 29 August. Our best wishes to Sulari and Malla.
Julie Lynch has designed John Bell’s final production for Bell Shakespeare. The Tempest opened last week at the Opera House’s Playhouse and the production celebrates Bell Shakespeare’s 25th anniversary with one of Shakespeare’s last and greatest works.
Here’s a sample of what the reviewers have written about Julie’s design:
Julie Lynch’s design is one of the stars of this production: her set is made up of a single fractured platform surrounded by crumpled curtains, with just a glimmer of glitter shimmering through. The costumes are impressive too: from Prospero’s weather-worn get up to Ariel’s spectacular black, winged Harpy costume (and Miranda’s wedding gown is one of the most dazzling, beautiful garments I’ve ever seen onstage). And, like everything in this production, the design doesn’t feel like it’s trying to keep up with the latest fashions. It’s just a truthful rendering of the ideas and characters as written.
The Daily Review (Crikey) – Ben Neutze
Everyone – and notably set and costume designer Julie Lynch, lighting designer Damien Cooper and composer Alan John has – together created a transportive, ethereal island world where Prospero reigns but the spirits have good lessons for humanity.
Stage Whispers – Martin Portus
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Our client Tristan Bancks‘s novel TWO WOLVES, which was shortlisted in the prestigious 2015 awards of The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), has been named as one of two ‘Honour Books’ in the independent younger readers category. Our congratulations to Tristan on this fantastic achievement.
Our client Sulari Gentill, author of six books in the Rowland Sinclair crime series, as well as three YA novels, has been named the 2015 Eminent Writer in Residence and will spend four weeks living in the reinvigorated Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra, and writing and researching at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and other cultural institutions.
In the context of the award, In this context, ‘eminent’ is defined as an Australian author with (1) a national reputation, (2) significant publication history, (3) recognised in Australian awards, and (4) reviewed in the mainstream press and literary journals. Sulari Gentill has certainly achieved all of these things with her novels and we congratulate her on this wonderful opportunity that she will be taking up in September to further her incredible body of literary work.
Three of our clients’ novels have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards (affectionately referred to as the Neddies), Australia’s leading literary awards for crime fiction.
Malla Nunn has been shortlisted for her novel PRESENT DARKNESS (published by Xoum) in the category of Best Crime Novel. PRESENT DARKNESS is Malla’s fourth book in her Emmanuel Cooper series set in the milieu of 1950s South Africa.
Sulari Gentill has been shortlisted for her novel A MURDER UNMENTIONED (published by Pantera Press) in the category of Best Crime Novel. A MURDER UNMENTIONED is Sulari’s sixth book in her Rowland Sinclair series, set in 1930s Australia and is a classic whodunit.
Nigel Bartlett has been shortlisted for his debut novel KING OF THE ROAD (published by Penguin Random House) in the category of Best First Crime Novel. KING OF THE ROAD is a gripping thriller about a child abduction and an unlikely hero who has to journey into the dark underbelly of Australian suburban life.
The winners will be announced as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival on the evening of 22 August at the Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall Victoria. This is the 20th anniversary of the Neddies.
All My Love by client Anne Brooksbank opened at the Joan Sutherland Theatre for Hit Productions and has commenced its tour of New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.
All My Love is about the little-known story of two of Australia’s most famous writers, Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore, and how they loved and lost and found each other again.
At the end of the 19th century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother. What followed was the beginning of a love affair, soon thwarted by a devastating deception.
Lawson, is regarded as one of the nation’s favourite writers and poets, while Gilmore, his contemporary, is a literary icon and radical socialist. Both were heroes of literature who had an enormous influence on one another, both professionally and personally.
Congratulations to Steve Arnold whose tremendous work has been singled out in reviews for Last Cab to Darwin. David Stratton, writing for The Australian, praises Steve’s work remarking the film “has the immense advantage of Steve Arnold’s superb cinematography.”
The film, directed by Jeremy Sims, follows Rex (Michael Caton) on his epic journey from Broken Hill to Darwin. Shot in central and northern Australia, Steve “captures a warm and crispy glow, as if instructed to create a look reflecting early morning sunshine”. (The Guardian)
Last Cab premiered at The Sydney Film Festival and will open in theatres nationally August 8th 2015.
Critics have lauded the direction of client Julian Meyrick for the world premiere production of Dead Centre | Sea Wall for Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre.
Here’s what they’re saying:
“A brilliantly sustained piece of domestic horror.” ★★★★ The Age
“There is no moment, word or image wasted in Dead Centre | Sea Wall.” ★★★★½ Arts Hub
“These two playwrights ask us to ponder the bigger questions in life. They do this with sensitivity and courage.”★★★★ Theatre People
“Both actors faultless… it is theatre that demands a strong emotion from the audience.” ★★★★ The Daily Review
“A production of sheer perfection.” Stage Whispers
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