Spotlight On Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival – Ann Turner

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

I am delighted to welcome Ann Turner to my blog.  “Ann is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passionate gardener.

Her films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart — which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time, Hammers Over The Anvil starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Returning to her first love, the written word, in her debut novel The Lost Swimmer  Ann explores themes of love, trust and the dark side of relationships.” (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13583861.Ann_Turner

Ann’s latest novel Out of the Ice, a mystery thriller set in Antarctica is getting rave reviews (and is currently vying for top position on my TBR pile). More on that soon!  PS – love this cover image!

Out of the Ice

Ann Turner will be discussing From Film to Novels – on Sunday June the 5th at 1.50-2.40pm at the festival.

Welcome to Margaret River Ann!

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Ann told me she was thrilled to be coming to the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be coming to Western Australia to the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. I’m really looking forward to being interviewed by the wonderful Michael Cathcart, where I’ll be talking for the first time about my new novel Out of the Ice, and reading from the book. I’m sure there’ll be lots of discussion about thrillers and whaling and the beautiful whales and wildlife in Antarctica, and also the future of Antarctica with the Antarctic treaty coming up for renewal. I’ll also be talking about the differences and similarities between writing and directing for the screen, and being an author. This is particularly fresh for me as producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker, Japanese Story) has optioned my first novel The Lost Swimmer and I am currently developing the screenplay. It has been a 360-degree journey for me as a writer-director to author, and then back to screenwriting, which has thrown up all sorts of challenges and been a huge learning curve, and I’ll be discussing how I’ve approached this.

I’m also eager to see lots of sessions with other writers, and I love the festival’s theme of Home – I’m absolutely intrigued to hear it explored from many different angles.  I adored Sara Foster’s All That Is Lost Between Us, a book I didn’t want to finish as I thoroughly enjoyed picking it up each night. I miss the characters and the Lakes District location. A great read, and I hope to hear Sara speak. It’s wonderful that Hannie Rayson’s play Hello Beautiful is on. I saw it in Melbourne and truly loved it – the terrain traversed resonated with me, and Hannie’s writing and performance is brilliant. I went home and read the book – and absolutely loved that too. Both book and play made me laugh out loud, and are also poignant. I’m looking forward to hearing Hannie air her Home Thoughts, with Kirsty Mackenzie and Jane Monk. And now I want to see the play again! Here’s to the festival and Margaret River – I can’t wait!”

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