Events, News & Media

Keep up-to-date on all of Dinuka’s news, appearances and events.


2022 Events

August 13, Book Launch – How to be Prime Minister and Survive Grade Five, Hazelhurst Art Gallery

So thrilled to be launching my wonderful friend and fellow local writer, Carla Fitzgerald’s brilliant middle-grade debut How To Be Prime Minister And Survive Grade Five! Loved this book so much, and so looking forward to chatting and celebrating with Carla on Saturday 13 August from 5 pm to 7.30 pm at Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea. There will be food & drinks, activities for the kids, and the lovely folk from Harry Hartog – Miranda will be on hand with copies of Carla’s books! It’s free, and you can register here!

September 9, Melbourne Writers Festival

So thrilled to be heading down to Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers Festival! I’ll be appearing on Friday 9 September on the Small Town Thrills panel with the fabulous J.P. Pomare along with convener Fi Wright. It’s going to be an absolute blast. It’s a packed program. Make sure you grab your tix!!

September 3, Writers Unleashed Festival

A huge honour to get to work behind the scenes on the 2022 Writers Unleashed Festival and bring this popular local festival back to its in-person format after two years of Covid disruptions. The Festival will be back on Saturday 3 September at Gymea Tradies with three rooms of sessions running concurrently, a manuscript consultation program with major publishing houses, and the winner of our 2022 Picture Book Competition being announced. Fully catered, with author signings and book purchases available from our on-site bookseller, The Best Little Bookshop In Town!

I will be appearing at the Festival chatting to Yuwaalaraay storyteller, the wonderful Nardi Simpson on her multi-award-winning debut, Song of the Crocodile.

Check out the full Program, our 2022 Artists and Manuscript Consultation Program, and grab your tickets!

A massive thank you to the St-George Sutherland Leader for featuring the Festival in the June 22 edition of the Leader.

September 24 & 25, Northern Beaches Readers Festival

So excited to be part of the 2022 Northern Beaches Readers Festival! I’ll be appearing on the ‘Thrilling New Voices’ Panel on Sat 24 and The Great Debate (free session) on Sun 25. Check out the amazing lineup and program and make sure you grab your ticket! It’s going to be so much fun. Tickets are on sale now. Hope to see you there!


2022 Events

July 29, Gordon Library, In-conversation with Michael Robotham

A huge thrill to have been in conversation with the Master himself, award-winning and multi-million-copy, best-selling crime fiction author, Michael Robotham about Micheal’s latest release, Lying Beside You (out now with Hachette) the third installment in the hugely popular Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac series. Thank you to everyone who came along and joined us online. And a huge thank you to Gordon Library for the opportunity!

July 13, Society of Women Writers Workshop

A huge thank you to everyone who joined me at the State Library of NSW for an interactive two-hour workshop on Antagonists in crime fiction – writing believable villains. It was so much fun meeting all the participants and getting to share some tips and tricks. Thank you to the Society of Women Writers NSW for inviting me!

June 22, Vision Australia Workshop (online)

A huge honour to present a Crime Writing Workshop A Taste of Crime, as part of the Vision Australia Library writing series – Write Away: An Introduction to Writing in four genres (poetry, crime, fantasy, and romance) – in partnership with Writers Victoria. Thank you to everyone who attended the online workshop and to Vision Australia for having me. I enjoyed this session so much!

June 8, Gordon Library, Author Talk

Huge thank you to everyone who joined me at Gordon Library to chat all things The Torrent. It was such a lovely library talk complete with wine and nibbles, made extra special with the arrival of writer friends Rae Cairns (author of The Good Mother) and Shankari Chandran (author of Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens)!

June 7, Writing SA: Top Ten Tips With Dinuka McKenzie

Such an honour to present my first-ever writers’ workshop online and have the opportunity to share some of the lessons I have learned along the way! Thank you to all the participants who came along. I had an absolute blast chatting with you!

June 4, South Coast Writers Festival

It was such a pleasure appearing alongside crime writers Hayley Scrivenor and Andy Muir at the inaugural South Coast Writers Festival. What a brilliant festival! Thank you to the whole South Coast Writers Centre team for putting on such a special event!

May 20-21, Sydney Writers Festival

So very honoured to have had the opportunity to participate in two panels at the 2022 Sydney Writers Festival: ‘Mother of All Crimes’ with Jane Caro, Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Suzanne Leal and ‘Small Towns Big Secrets’ with Garry Disher, Hayley Scrivenor and ABC Radio National’s Kate Evans.’ What a huge thrill!! Thank you so much to the amazing team behind the festival for inviting me and for a brilliant festival week!

Sydney Writers Festival Event Details: Mother of All Crimes featuring image of Dinuka McKenzie

May 5 & 7, Brisbane Writers Festival

So honored to be invited to the Brisbane Writers Festival in 2022, my first ever writers festival!! Had an absolute blast meeting up with writer friends and readers and attending some incredible sessions. Had the huge thrill of participating in my first ever panel (Murder, Drugs & Voyeurism) with thriller author JP Pomare, convened by Ron Serdiuk of Pulp Fiction Books, as well as being in conversation with writer, Martine Kropkowski at Chermside Library. Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a dream first festival!!

Brisbane Writers Festival Event featuring JP Pomare, Bryan Brown , Dinuka McKenzie & Ron Serdiuk
Brisbane Writers Festival - Dinuka McKenzie In Your suburb

April 5, Midcoast Libraries – About A Book

About a Book Midcoast Library Event featuring The Torrent and Wild Dogs Book cover

A huge thank you to Midcoast Libraries and Kaneana May, author of The One and All We Have Is Now, for inviting me along to About A Book. Had so much fun chatting with Kaneana and crime writer, Michael Trant, author of Wild Dogs, about some of our favourite reads. If you missed our conversation the video will be available on the Midcoast Libraries website.

April 4, Sutherland Libraries, Author Talk

Thanks so much to Sutherland Shire Libraries for hosting my first-ever library talk. So very special that it was at my local library! A huge thank you to everyone who came to the event in person and who watched it online. And a massive thank you to The Best Little Bookshop In Town for selling book copies on the night.

April 1, Friday Book Bites with Sandie Docker

promo for Friday Book Bites featuring authors Sandie Docker and Dinuka McKenzie and the book covers for The Wattle Island Book Club and The Torrent.

Thanks so much to author, Sandie Docker for inviting me on Friday Book Bites. Loved chatting with you about writing The Torrent and the experience of being on the publicity trail as a debut. If you missed our chat you can see a replay of our conversation on the Sandie Docker Writer Facebook Page.

March 20, Anna’s Authors, Cronulla

A huge Thank you to the lovely Anna Loder from Anna’s Shop Around the Corner for hosting me on Sunday 20 March. It was such an author goal seeing the bunting with my name, hearing Dave play the bagpipes, and getting to sit in the big comfy chair and chat with readers. What a wonderful afternoon. Thanks to everyone who came and who watched on Livestream! You can rewatch the video on the Anna’s Shop Around the Corner Facebook page.

February 24, Bad Sydney Crime Online – In Conversation with Dani Vee

Bad Sydney Crime Online event details. Image of Dinuka McKenzie, The Torrent Book Cover and Dani Vee

A huge thank you to Dani Vee for chatting with me as part of the Bad Sydney Crime Festival online event series. We went DEEP! Thanks so much to Bad Syndey Crime for having me. If you missed out conversation, the video will be available on the Bad Sydney Crime YouTube channel.

February 17, Avid Reader In Conversation with Cass Moriarty

Promo for the Torrent Avid Reader online event showing The Torrent book cover, and images of Cass Moriarty and Dinuka McKenzie

If you missed Dinuka McKenzie in conversation with Cass Moriarty online at Avid Reader Bookshop the video will also be available on the Avid Reader YouTube Channel.

February 9, Better Reading Facebook Live

Better Reading Facebook Live Event showing The Torrent Book Cover and a headshot of Dinuka McKenzie

ICYMI – the Livestream video of Dinuka McKenzie discussing #TheTorrent is now available on the Better Reading Facebook page!

February 2, The Torrent Facebook Live Launch – Dani Vee Words and Nerds Podcast

Facebook live promo for The Torrent virtual book launch featuring images of Dinuka McKenzie, Dani Vee, Ben Hobson, Craig Sisterson and RWR McDonald

A huge thank you to Dani Vee, Ben Hobson, RWR McDonald, and Craig Sisterson for hosting the most special virtual book launch for #TheTorrent on the day of release!! It was an absolute joy! The full video is now available on the Words and Nerds Podcast Facebook Page. You can also listen to the launch as a podcast episode on the Words and Nerds Podcast.

2021 Events

August 21, Writers Unleashed Digital Festival

So excited and proud to have been part of the team behind the 2021 Writers Unleashed Digital Festival and thrilled to have got the opportunity to interview some of my favourite authors as part of this year’s program. It was a huge effort taking the entire Festival online when Sydney went into lockdown, but so glad we went ahead! A massive thank you to everyone who attended and supported us, especially our brilliant presenters, and our two Festival partners The Best Little Bookshop In Town, and the Words and Nerds Podcast!


Words and Nerds Podcast Takeover: Veronica Lando

Had so much fun chatting with the 2021 Banjo Prize Winner, Veronica Lando about her cracking debut The Whispering on a takeover episode of the Words and Nerds Podcast. Huge thank you to Dani Vee, for letting us run amok on the pod! You can listen to the episode here.

Killer Content Podcast

Huge thank you to the fabulous Emily Webb for having me on the Killer Content Podcast to chat all things The Torrent. Had an absolute blast. You can listen to the episode now!

Writes4Women Podcast

So much fun hanging out with the fabulous Rae Cairns, author of The Good Mother, on the convo couch on the Writes4Women Podcast. Thanks so much to lovely Pamela Cook for inviting me on. Had the best time chatting with Rae about our writing and publishing experiences, imposter syndrome, writing strong female characters, and so much more! Listen in here.

Details of the latest episode of the Writes4Women podcast featuring authors Rae Cairns and Dinuka McKenzie.

So You Want To Be A Writer Podcast

Huge thank you to Valerie Koo and the Australian Writers Centre for inviting me on the So You Want To Be A Writer Podcast. Having listened to the podcast on my afternoon walks for years, it blows my mind that I get to now be a guest on the pod! Listen to the episode here. The episode is now also available on the Australian Writers Centre YouTube Channel.

Talking Aussie Books Podcast

Thanks so much to the lovely, Claudine Tinellis for having me on the Talking Aussie Books Podcast. Claudine is such a supportive part of the writing community and I had so much fun chatting with her about the journey to publication for The Torrent. Listen to our chat here.

Green backgorund with text saying: Talking Aussie Books - a podcast by Claudine Tinellis

Better Reading Podcast with Cheryl Akle

Huge thanks to Cheryl Akle of Better Reading for having me on the Better Reading Podcast. We went deep! A conversation that traversed everything from our migrant heritage, how I got into writing, and about submitting crappy first drafts into writing competitions! Listen along here.

Read-a-Pod with Anna Loder

Thank you so much to the very lovely Anna Loder for having me on the Read-a-Pod podcast. Listen to our conversation here and yes, there were definitely a lot of giggles.

Read A Pod Promo showing a bookworm reading a book with headphones

Words and Nerds Podcast

The Torrent Livestream launch is now a podcast episode on the Words and Nerds Podcast. The biggest thank you to Dani Vee, Ben Hobson, RWR McDonald, and Craig Sisterson for hosting!!

Promo for The Torrent Virtual launch podcast episode featuring images of Dinuka McKenzie, dani Vee, Ben Hobson, Craig Sisterson and RWR McDonald

The Booktopia Podcast – Tell Me What to Read

A huge thank you to Ben Hunter and Nick Wasiliev for having me on the Booktopia Podcast for A Date With A Debut! Had so much fun answering some very unique questions!!

James & Ashley Stay At Home

Catch the very first interview I ever did for The Torrent with James and Ashely on episode 51 of their fabulous podcast focusing on creativity and health. Listen in here.

Promo image of James & Ashley Stay At Home Podcast

Burgers, Beers & Books Podcast with Ben Hobson

This was so much fun! Had a blast chatting with fellow writers Ben Hobson, Adam Byatt, and Alex Dook on What Makes You a Writer? Listen to the episode now on the Words and Nerds Podcast! Thanks for having me on guys!

Burgers, Beers and Books Podcast Image showing an illustration of author Ben Hobson holding a beer, next to burger on a pile of books plus photos of writers Dinuka McKenzie, adam Byatt and Alex Dook

Words & Nerds Summer Series Takeover

A huge thank you to Dani Vee and R.W.R. McDonald (author of The Nancys and Nancy Business) for having me on the Words & Nerds Podcast. Had an absolute blast! Listen along here!

Words & Nerds Summer Series Takeover publicity image featuring headshots of RWR McDonald and Dinuka McKenzie.


Sisters in Crime Blog

Huge thank you to Sisters in Crime Aus for the opportunity to write a blog piece on what attracts me to writing crime fiction! I so enjoyed writing this. You can read the piece here.

Murder & Mayhem: Five Thrilling New Australian Crime Books

Thank you so much to Murder & Mayhem for including #TheTorrent in its list of Five Thrilling New Australian Crime Books, amongst some stellar company!

Openbook, State Library of New South Wales

Such a thrill to contribute a self-portrait to the Winter 2022 issue of Openbook Magazine by the State Library of NSW South Wales. This edition includes work by James Bradley and Thuy On amongst many other brilliant writers, illustrators, and artists. Thank you to Phillipa McGuinness for the opportunity and for your generous editorial support. Grab your copy here.

RM Williams Outback Magazine

Huge thrill to find The Torrent reviewed in the 26 May 2022 issue of the RM Willams Outback Magazine! So grateful for this thoughtful and generous review.

Australian Writers Centre: Graduate Success Story

Thank you so much to the Australian Writers Center for this wonderful profile piece and the opportunity to film a ‘graduate success story’! Read the full article and view the video here.

Title and image  from the Australian Writres Centre profile piece showing Dinuka McKenzie smiling in a black flora top. the article title reads: AWC alumna Dinuka McKenzie becomes an award-winning published author with her book ‘The Torrent’.

2SER 107.3 Radio: Death of the Reader

A huge thank you to Flex and Herd for having me on Death of a Reader to chat about The Torrent. Had so much fun chatting with Herd and really appreciate the deep dive into the issues and themes in the book. Catch all of the episodes where Flex and Herd break down your favourite crime fiction reads.

2SSR Sutherland Shire Radio

A huge thank you to Ann Warren from 2SSR Sutherland Shire Radio for having me on Arts and Soul to chat about The Torrent. So enjoyed chatting with you. If you missed the interview, you can listen in here!

WestWords: The Readings Series

A huge thank you to WestWords for inviting me to do a short reading of The Torrent as part of their The Readings Series. Check out the back catalogue of authors reading from their books on the WestWords YouTube Channel. Also visit their website to discover all the amazing work being done by WestWords supporting literature and writers in Western Sydney.

Good Reading Magazine

Huge thrill to find a review of The Torrent in the April issue of Good Reading Magazine!! A huge thank you to Craig Sisterson for these very kind words.

Good Reading Magazine Page featuring review of The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie and The Heretic by Liam McIlvanney

Shelley Gardner: Author Stalker

Thank you so much to the wonderful, Shelley Gardner for having me on her fabulous blog: The Author Stalker. Loved getting stalked by you, Shelley! You are such a fantastic supporter of writers. Thanks for allowing me to appear on your gorgeous blog!

Redland City Bulletin

Redland City Newspaper Article with the words The Torrent is a mighty first novel by Linda Muller

“The Torrent is a mighty first novel.” A huge thank you to Linda Muller, of the Redland City Bulletin for your very kind review of The Torrent. It was a pleasure speaking with you and I am so happy you enjoyed the book! Read the full article here.

Paperbark Words Blog

Thanks so much, Joy Lawn for having me on the Paperbark Words blog and for your thoughtful questions regarding the themes and writing process for The Torrent. I am so glad you enjoyed reading!

Booktopia: Best Books We Read in February 2022

Thank you to Booktopia for including The Torrent in the best books you read in February. A huge thrill to appear amongst such an epic list of books. Read the full blog post and review here.

Image of books placed side to side

NZ Listner & Weekend Australian

A huge thrill to see The Torrent getting a shoutout and reviewed in The NZ Listener Magazine (February 2022) and The Weekend Australian (19 February 2022).

Just Published Blog Series

Thank you so much to Jodi Gibson author for highlighting The Torrent on the Just Published Blog series and supporting 2022 new release books. I loved being on the blog and answering questions on my writing process and path to publication for my debut! Thanks for having me.

Writers in the Attic: Just an Everyday Woman

Thank you so much to Louise Allan, author for inviting me to write a piece for Writers in the Attic exploring the lead character of my debut novel The Torrent (Detective Kate Miles), who is an everyday relatable woman and in being such, goes against many of the entrenched tropes in crime-fiction! Read my piece Just an Everyday Woman and browse through the many brilliant blog posts on writing and publishing by authors including Fiona Robertson, Irma Gold, Karen Herbert, Josephine Taylor, and more!

Booktopia Ten Terrifying Questions!

I was asked by Booktopia to answer ten terrifying questions and I did!! What could possibly go wrong? Read my answers on the Booktopia Blog.

The Louie Award for Flash Fiction in Crime Writing

So chuffed to find out that my short fiction piece In the Mirror was highly commended in the inaugural Australian Crime Writers Association Louie Award. Huge congrats to the winner, the super talented Haley Young, and fellow highly commended writer Stephen Hickman. You can read all three of our stories on the Australian Crime Writers Association website.

On Winning the Banjo and the Weight of Expectation

Read my article on the flip side of winning the Banjo Prize and grappling with the weight of expectation on the HarperCollins Blog.

SMH 2022 Most Antcipated Books!

Well this is a wild and wonderful surprise! The Torrent getting a mention amonst some pretty incredible company in the SMH Most Anticipated Books of 2022!

2021 New England Thunderbolt Prize

Congrats to all the winners and commended writers of the 2021 Thunderbolt Prize! It was a huge honour to be able to judge this year’s fiction entries. A huge thank you to the New England Writers’ Centre for the invite! The standard of entries was incredibly high and it was such a treat to read through the entries. The full list of winners is available on the NEWC website.

From Pitching to Publication

Monochrome collage image of authors Michael trant, Shelley Burr and Dinuka McKenzie.

In 2020, I attended an online ACT Writers pitching course with Alex Adsett Literary where I met writers Michael Trant and Shelley Burr. Now, all three of us have books coming out in 2022!! We wrote about our experience & you can read the article on the ACT Writers website.

The Experience of Winning the Banjo Prize (and why you should enter!)

Suffice to say this competition changed my life! For any writer who has completed a commercial fiction manuscript, the Banjo Prize is the perfect opportunity. Read my blog post on why you should enter here, and HUGE congrats to Veronica Lando – the 2021 Banjo Prize Winner! Can’t wait to read The Whispering set in Far North Queensland in 2022!!

When All Your Writing Dreams Come True: Winning the 2020 Banjo Prize!

2020 Banjo Prize Media Release

Australian Writers’ Centre Blog – Banjo Prize

Books and Publishing Banjo Prize

2020 Richell Prize Longlist!

What a huge honour to be longlisted amongst these incredibly talented writers. Congratulations to everyone on the longlist, especially to Aisling Smith, the 2020 Richell Prize winner!

2020 Richell Prize Longlist Media Release

Australian Writers’ Centre Blog Richell Prize

Affirm Press Mentorship

The 2018 Affirm Press Perfect Crime Competition – where it all began! Thank you to the editors of Affirm Press for your incredible generosity. Your feedback at the very early stages of my manuscript development was exactly what I needed to make something of this manuscript! I will always be grateful for your advice and support.