The Library Lounge & BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival present Matthew Spencer in Conversation with Dan Cox

Thursday 11th August 2022
2 days from now
6:00PM - 7:30PM
1hr 30mins

An evening discussion with Matthew Spencer and Dan Cox at Newcastle (City) Library to introduce Spencer's debut novel, Black River. Copies of Black River will be available to purchase at the event and there will be an opportunity to have your book signed. Multiple copies of Black River are available on the Libby app for Newcastle Libraries members in eBook & eAudiobook. Download the Libby app here.

Light refreshments will be available.

Bookings essential. 

About the author

Matthew was a journalist at The Australian for twenty years, with long stints running the Foreign News desk and as Opinion Editor. He has written for newspapers and magazines in Uganda and Kenya and been published in The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald. He was born in Parramatta. The son of teachers, he lived with his sister Kate on the 320-acre campus of a boys' boarding school. Long summers on the largely deserted property while exploring the remnant bush with its tributary of the Parramatta River inspired this book.

Black River

A long, burning summer in Sydney. A young woman found murdered in the deserted grounds of an elite boarding school. A serial killer preying on victims along the banks of the Parramatta River. A city on edge. Adam Bowman, a battling journalist who grew up as the son of a teacher at Prince Albert College, might be the only person who can uncover the links between the school murder and the 'Blue Moon Killer'. But he will have to go into the darkest places of his childhood to piece together the clues. Detective Sergeant Rose Riley, meanwhile, is part of the taskforce desperately trying to find the killer before he strikes again. Adam Bowman's excavation of his past might turn out to be Rose's biggest trump card or it may bring the whole investigation crashing down, and put her own life in danger. Taut, suspenseful and utterly compelling, Black River is the best thriller you'll read this year.



  • Thursday 11 August 2022 6:00 PM

No additional fees apply to this event.




Lovett Gallery
Newcastle Library
15 Laman Street