31 August - 25 September, 2015
Sulari Gentill is the author of the Rowland Sinclair Series – six historical crime novels chronicling the life and adventures of a 1930s Australian gentleman artist. She is also the author of the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world. She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Best First book, won the 2012 Davitt Award for Crime Fiction, been shortlisted in 2013 and 2015 Davitt Awards, the 2015 ABIA Book Awards and the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards. Her latest novel Give the Devil His Due will be released November 2015. Sulari lives in her pyjamas in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains where she refers to her writing as “work” so that no one will suggest she get a real job.
Sulari Gentill will be staying in the ArtSit as part of the ACT Writers Centre’s 2015 Preeminent writers residency program. The residency will provide her with the opportunity to access the resources of the Museum of Australian Democracy and surrounding institutions to unearth the kind of detail that brings a sense of time, colour and tone to an historical novel. The location of the residency itself will give Sulari a peek into history, enhancing the historical and political background to the story she wishes to write. Whilst the project will be one of fiction, it is Sulari’s intention to maintain the integrity of the historical record, writing to fill the gaps, opposed to rewriting history altogether. It is her hope that the month of the residency will allow her to settle the foundations of the novel.