It seemed as though all cars headed for the Hills early on Sunday 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 hour or more awaited us.
With an amazing story telling ability, which has been proven in the 60 odd novels she has written, Kerry held everyone spellbound with her anecdotes of childhood and how she realised her talent in making up and then 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.
In great detail 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)].
Kerry then graciously did book signing for the many people who purchased her books; and who took the opportunity of asking many more questions.
A great "fun" time for everyone.
This event was just an example of what Burrinja Cultural Centre brings to the people of the Dandenongs. The Burrinja Cultural Centre presents Australian authors and artists on a regular basis (as well as their art displays). Burrinja also has an excellent café. Their Fashion Meets Fiction - the Darnell Collection - of beautiful clothing complimenting many writers from the early 1900s through to the present day has been an overwhelming success and finishes on the 17th February.