Murder and mayhem, crime and corruption, families and fortunes, hunters and haunters - Marlborough Man novelist Alan Carter and I covered it all during our conversation on stage in the final session of the Nelson Arts Festival's Readers and Writers programme at Founders Heritage Park in October. UK-born Alan now lives in the Wakamarina Valley in Marlborough, far from his first adopted home of Western Australia, where his Detective Cato Kwong novels are set.
Our session was recorded and will be available in a week or two on Itunes - look for Page & Blackmore Nelson Readers and Writers).
It's the second time Alan and I have met on stage. The first time was over winter when I chaired a panel of crime writers (Alan, Fiona Sussman and David Briggs) at Nelson Library during the Ngaio Marsh Awards Murder in the Library sessions. Crime fiction is a long way from the history I research and write, but we all need a little escapism sometimes!