On crime reporting and satire

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By MARK PRICE

The name gives it away.

The Arrowtown Creative Arts Society is hosting ‘‘A Conversation with Steve Braunias’’ at Arrowtown on May 9, featuring none other than (insert drum roll) satirical newspaper
scribe and author Steve Braunias.

Most readers have laughed out loud as Braunias roasts high-flyers in his weekly ‘‘Secret Diary’’ newspaper column.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But Braunias is also a non-fiction author and has just completed his 10th book, Missing Persons.

In it, Braunias takes the reader inside the trials of Mark Lundy and Grace Millane’s murderer, Jesse Shane Kempson, but also deals with the legal tribulations of Kim Dotcom, and one-time leader of the Conservative Party, Colin Craig.

Fresh from the Dunedin Writers’ Festival, Braunias will feature at Arrowtown in an interview format with Otago Daily Times columnist John Lapsley, and a public question and answer session will follow, hosted by Mountain Scene editor Tracey Roxburgh.

Lapsley describes Braunias as ‘‘an entertaining and fascinating observer of life’’.

‘‘We’re both newspaper columnists who worry how ‘cancel culture’ is attacking and squeezing humour.

‘‘For God’s sake, Barry Humphries got banned from the Melbourne Comedy Festival for being funny, but insufficiently woke.

‘‘We’ll have an informed grumble about that situation too,’’ Lapsley says.

‘‘To be a good writer of humour, you need a very acute radar on people, our foibles, and
the situations we get in.

‘‘Steve has this, and that’s why we get such a fresh approach when he takes his mind to court.’’

Book critic and ODT court reporter Rob Kidd recently identified Braunias’ crime writing as being so casually achieved that it was ‘‘bloody annoying’’.

A Conversation with Steve Braunias will be held at the Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre, on Centennial Avenue, from 6pm.

Tickets cost $25 for members and $30 for non-members, available from Arrowtown Pharmacy and eventfinda

Signed books will also be available.

ed@scene.co.nz