Larry Writer Talk & Walk
Prostitution, razor slashing gangs, gambling, murder, drugs and sex.
At our Club!
Larry Writer, one of Australia’s most prolific writers will talk at our last Speakers Dinner for the year. His subject? Sydney’s grimy past in inner-city Darlinghurst in the 1920s and ’30s. He will treat us to the horror of some of the most terrifying criminals in Australia's history who waged war with razor and gun. Darlo’s streets echoed with the sound of violence and ran with blood. Razorhurst!
His talk will chronicle the Sydney nether world ruled by fabled vice queens Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, and financed by the spoils of illegal drugs and alcohol, prostitution, gambling and extortion. Gangsters such as Guido Calletti, Big Jim Devine and Frank 'the Little Gunman' Green killed, robbed and slashed with impunity. Facing them were the police – some corrupt, some honest, and a few as tough and feared as the razor gangs they fought.
This is the true tale of the people who lived and died in a world of violence and vice. Larry will bring our inner city’s violent and murky past back to life. You will never see inner Sydney in quite the same way again.
But that’s not all. On the following Sunday morning, November 3 at 10 am, Larry will lead a guided walk around Darlinghurst and the areas referenced in his talk. The tour will last about 1.5 hours and finish with a beer in the Tradesmen Arms hotel.
First in, first served. Group size 10-15 people, just $20 per person. Additional walks can be arranged if there is sufficient interest.
About Larry Writer
Larry Writer is an award-winning author and freelance magazine feature writer. His book Razor, the saga of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine and the razor gangs of Sydney in the 1920s and ’30s, was a national bestseller, won the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian True Crime book of 2002 and was the basis of the top-rating 2011 Underbelly series, Underbelly Razor. He is also the co-author of Newk, John Newcombe's bestselling autobiography, as well as Chrissy Amphlett's memoir, Pleasure and Pain. Writer was previously a senior journalist and editor at Time Inc. Australia, working out of the London Bureau for two years before assuming the role of executive editor. Writer was also an editor, writer and London bureau chief for Australian Consolidated Press, and a co-founder of Ironbark Press.
Date: Wednesday 30 October
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: Dinner $85 includes 2 courses and wines.
Time: 9:45 for 10am
Place: Meet at El Alamein Fountain, Potts Point