How many Aussie's caught the wasted opportunity on our ABC last night.
Three crime writers, a reviewer, and a TV host - and barely an Australian crime novel mentioned.
Shane Maloney and Dorothy Porter were very entertaining but host Jennifer Bryne barely asked them about their own fiction let alone directing the conversation towards the amazing state of crime fiction in this country. All the talk was about the evolutionary 'influence' of dead-white US and UK writers. The only contemporary writers mentioned, apart from our own Peter Temple (who is invariably the only one who ever gets mentioned [more power to him, but there are a helluva lot of us out here]) were Americans - and mostly male writers.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the American writers - obviously - BUT it would be like the ABC inviting Elroy and Lehane onto the show and telling them they could only talk about Australian crime writers - and women writers at that. Mind you, given there are 40 (yes 40) books by Australian women up for this year's Davitt Awards, that might make a very interesting program.