Secrets and Lies

7 April 2018

An Evening with Michael Robotham

It is with great enthusiasm that Cessnock City Council welcomes the Newcastle Writers Festival to join with Cessnock City Library and Cessnock Performing Arts Centre to present a prestigious event as part of the 2018 festival program.

The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013 and since then it has become one of the Hunter Region’s leading cultural events. It attracts Australia’s leading writers and thinkers and previous guests have included Helen Garner, Matthew Reilly, David Marr and Tara Moss. In 2017, the festival celebrated its fifth anniversary with a record audience of 9000, which included a schools program and free family fun day.

In 2018, best-selling writer Michael Robotham will be the special guest at this notable event. Before becoming a novelist, Michael was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has also worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.

Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than one million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his stand-alone thriller Life or Death. His most recent book is The Secret She Keeps.

Michael will be signing books after the event.

Photo by Tony Mott.


Saturday, 7 April - 7.30pm


1 hour, no interval


Praise for The Secret She Keeps

"Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham's clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won't be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes." - Stephen King

"An insightful psychological thriller about the joys and fears of impending motherhood." - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"Michael Robotham is a highly skilled thriller writer who has produced a genuine page-turner and ideal holiday read. It leaves you unsettled and enthralled in equal measure." - Daily Express UK


All Tickets - $25.00

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