Sunday, February 10, 2013


It seemed as though all cars headed for the Hills early this morning.  Hundreds of women (and a few brave men) met at the Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey, to hear Kerry Greenwood speak.   An enjoyable brunch started the morning, and then Kerry Greenwood was introduced.

What an entertaining couple of hours awaited us.  Kerry held everyone spellbound with her anecdotes of childhood and how she realised her talent in telling stories.   Spiced with much humour, she held everyone in suspense waiting to hear what else she had to say.    Her ventures into research expanded most of the audience's perception and knowledge of what is entailed in setting a background for a book.

Kerry told the audience how Phryne Fisher came into being, and how just after three chapters in the first book Phryne had actually taken over completely, leaving Kerry in a place where she had to comply with Phryne's wishes.   Phryne very soon had shown Kerry that Phryne herself would dictate how she was to be filled out as a character.

Questions were accepted following Kerry's talk, and these revolved around the filming of the second series of Pryne Fisher Mysteries as well as Nathan Page (the handsome Detective Jack Robinson).   Keep an eye out for Nathan riding a motor bike in a forthcoming episode (at some time in the future).

The Burrinja Cultural Centre presents Australian authors and artists on a regular basis.   Their Darnell Collection of beautiful clothing complimenting many writers from the early 1900s has been an overwhelming success and finishes on the 17th February.

(All photographs are covered by copyright - Rainy Day Books of the Basin).   Photo of Nathan Page - copyright ABC Australia).

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