The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion to visit Camden during Sydney Writers' Festival

Shared passion: Best-selling author Graeme Simsion, and his wife, author Anne Buist, will speak at the Camden Civic Centre next Thursday, May 21 as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Shared passion: Best-selling author Graeme Simsion, and his wife, author Anne Buist, will speak at the Camden Civic Centre next Thursday, May 21 as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Graeme Simsion’s first novel took him from an IT specialist to a best-selling author and Hollywood came knocking on his door.

Now Mr Simsion is bringing his authorly insights to Camden, along with his author wife Anne Buist, at a Sydney Writers’ Festival event at the Camden Civic Centre next Thursday.

Mr Simsion is the author of The Rosie Project and its sequel The Rosie Effect which focus on the relationship between the eccentric Professor Don Tillman and the wholely unsuitable Rosie Jarman, and achieved enormous success with his first forays outside the world of academic IT and data modelling writing.

He said when he started writing his first book he didn’t set out to write a book that would attract the attention of movie makers.

‘‘When you start your hope is that you get it published and you don’t think much beyond that,’’ he said.

‘‘Once you get published of course your ambition increases.’’

Mr Simsion also wrote a screen play for The Rosie Project and the movie making process has already begun.

‘‘There are producers and directors and writers involved and I believe they are talking about the casting,’’ he said.

Ms Buist, who has just published her first pyschological thriller, will interview Mr  Simsion during the event and he will also take questions from the audience.

Sydney Writers’ Festival talk

What: Authors Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

When: Thursday, May 21 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Where: Camden Civic Centre, Oxley Street, Camden

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