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Peter Corris with Michael Wilding: The Dunbar Case

Event Information

  • 15 Jan 2013 12:30pm
  • Tom Keneally Centre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney 2000
  • New South Wales
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  • Cost: FREE – but bookings are essential Please RSVP to 02 9262 7300 OR tkc@smsa.org.au

Tom Keneally Centre Readings

We welcome the godfather of Australian crime fiction, Peter Corris to the Tom Keneally Centre to discuss the 38th installment in his bestselling Cliff Hardy series, The Dunbar Case in conversation with Michael Wilding.


FREE – but bookings are essential

Please RSVP to 02 9262 7300 OR tkc@smsa.org.au

About The Dunbar Case

Cliff Hardy is leaving the mean streets of Sydney for Newcastle, investigating what a famous 19th century shipwreck has to do with a multi-million dollar heist with a cast of characters that shouldn’t be trusted.

A search for lost documents; a Newcastle criminal family tearing itself apart; an undercover cop playing both sides; an alluring but fiercely ambitious female journalist – Cliff certainly has his hands full. The first person Hardy interviews is shot dead and the body count mounts as he pushes closer to the truth about the people, the documents and the loot. What started as an almost academic exercise for Cliff explodes into a here-and-now power struggle between criminals, police, lovers and unseen forces.


Guest Speaker

Peter Corris has been writing his best selling Cliff Hardy detective stories for thirty years. He’s written many other books, including a very successful biography of Fred Hollows and a collection of short stories revolving around the game of golf.

Called the “godfather of Australian crime writing”, Peter is credited with reviving the fully-fledged Australian crime novel with local settings and reference points and with a series character firmly rooted in Australian culture - Cliff Hardy

He writes the regular ’Godfather’ column and book reviews for the Newtown Review of Books.



Michael Wilding has written and edited some fifty books. He recently turned to crime with the private eye novels The Prisoner of Mount Warning,The Magic of It and Asian Dawn (Arcadia). His Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall: a documentary is forthcoming from Australian Scholarly Publishing.

He co-edited the ground breaking magazine Tabloid Story, with Frank Moorhouse and Carmel Kelly, and co-founded the publishing houses of Wild & Woolley, with Pat Woolley, and Paperbark Press, with Robert Adamson. His Wild & Woolley: A Publishing Memoir is published by Giramondo. He recently established Press On, in partnership with Arcadia, an imprint of Australian Scholarly Publishing.

He has taught English and Australian literature and creative writing at the Universities of California, Birmingham and Sydney, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is a former Cosmopolitan Bachelor of the month, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Chair of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre.