The Crying Forest, Burning Down, Black Mountain
Veny looks forward to meeting all of his fans on the Gold Coast in April 2021.
Veny will give a Q&A panel and sign Autographs throughout the weekend.
All guests pending international/domestic travel and quarantine restrictions. Stay tuned to our Social Media channels for updates.
Gold Coast: 1:30pm Saturday, 17 April & 3:00pm Sunday, 18 April
Venero Armanno (“Veny”) was born in Brisbane, Queensland, of parents who migrated from Sicily to Australia in the early 1950s. Veny’s father was a self-employed bricklayer; for many years his mother worked as a seamstress for Freemans, a clothing factory in Fortitude Valley.
The young Veny came to books on his own, at the age of three impressing his parents by reading articles to them from the local newspapers. Though there was no history of literature of any kind in the house, Veny read everything he could find, commencing with newspapers and comics, then taking trips on the old tram system to the city library where he became well-known as a regular, and very young, visitor.
Later, Veny’s father started taking him to bricklaying jobs, which introduced a young pre-teen to the realities of hot Brisbane summers and the benefits of hard work. At nine he started Judo classes; at fifteen, Karate, achieving his first dan black belt before he was seventeen.
At just eighteen, while studying (failing, really) Law and Psychology at university, and working as a bricklayer’s labourer on weekends, Veny completed his first novel, called Darker Than Night.
Also with a love of music, around this same time Veny formed a rock band that performed the original songs he wrote for them. Success was elusive, however, and after the band folded Veny set his mind on becoming a published writer—eventually being shortlisted for the Australian-Vogel Literary Award in 1984, then producing many unpublished (“and definitely unpublishable,” he says) early novels.
Since that time success has been kinder, and Veny is now the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including his soon-to-be-released supernatural mystery, The Crying Forest. His other well-known books include Burning Down (2017), Black Mountain (2012), The Dirty Beat (2007) and Candle Life (2006).
Further back, Veny’s novel Firehead was shortlisted in the 1999 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award; in 2002 The Volcano won the award with Best Fiction Book of the Year.
His work has gone on to be published in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Israel and South Korea.
Veny is a trained screenwriter and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland. His other books include The Lonely Hunter (1993), Romeo of the Underworld (1994), My Beautiful Friend (1995), and Strange Rain (1997), as well as two short story collections: Jumping at the Moon (1992) and Travel Under Any Star (2016).
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