Brandi bring­ing his lit­er­ary magic here

McIvor Times - - NEWS - Michael Mat­tingly

HEATH­COTE li­brary will play host to the emerg­ing Vic­to­rian au­thor Mark Brandi on Fri­day, June 22, from 2pm-3pm, as part of the High Road to Read­ing pro­gram.

Mark will be talk­ing about his award-win­ning de­but novel Wim­mera and its con­nec­tion to his child­hood and ca­reer.

Funded by the State Li­brary of Vic­to­ria and pre­sented in part­ner­ship with Pub­lic Li­braries Vic­to­ria Net­work, High Road to Read­ing brings au­thors to pub­lic li­braries across re­gional Vic­to­ria for read­ings, talks and work­shops.

Mark Brandi was born in Italy and raised in a coun­try pub in Stawell, in the heart of Vic­to­ria’s Wim­mera re­gion.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in crim­i­nal jus­tice and work­ing in a num­ber of roles within the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Mark changed di­rec­tion and be­gan a new ca­reer as a writer.

His work has been pub­lished in The Guardian and The Age and is of­ten broad­cast on ABC Ra­dio Na­tional.

Mark’s first novel was the 2016 win­ner of the UK De­but Dag­ger for crime fic­tion.

Wim­mera is both riv­et­ing and un­for­get­table, bring­ing the dark­ness in a small Vic­to­rian coun­try town vividly to life, as it slowly re­veals its dev­as­tat­ing se­crets.

“We are de­lighted that we are able to have such a highly cre­den­tialled au­thor visit our re­gion and have the time to go to sev­eral sites,” Tammy Higgs, Gold­fields li­braries pro­grams and events co-or­di­na­tor, said.

“Mark has al­most im­me­di­ately es­tab­lished him­self as a mas­ter sto­ry­teller in the mak­ing and it is clear that his back­ground has been in­valu­able in writ­ing this dis­turb­ing but grip­ping novel.”

“I re­ally en­cour­age any­one and ev­ery­one with an in­ter­est in writ­ing, as much as read­ing, to em­brace this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity and wel­come Mark to town.”

Tammy said that if you can­not make the Heath­cote ses­sion to hear Mark, he will also be pre­sent­ing three other ses­sions at Gold­fields li­braries:

Thurs­day June 21, 2pm to 3pm at Gis­borne Li­brary, 8 Hamil­ton Street.

Thurs­day June 21, 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Bendigo Li­brary, 251-259 Har­g­reaves Street.

Fri­day June 22, 10am to noon at Wed­der­burn Li­brary Agency, Wed­der­burn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 24 Wilson Street.

Mark is a mas­ter sto­ry­teller in the mak­ing and it is clear that his back­ground has been in­valu­able in writ­ing this dis­turb­ing but grip­ping novel

Nov­el­ist Mark Brandi

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