Perth-based writer Leigh Straw spoke to ABC Overnights for its International Women’s Day programming (all women, all day!!) on 8 March 2017.
Leigh is a crime fiction and true crime writer who lectures at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Leigh’s latest book The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh (NewSouth Books) has been longlisted for an ABIA. She is currently writing a true crime biography of Australia’s first female detective, Lillian Armfield (Hachette Australia, early 2018 release). Leigh’s crime fiction also places women as the centre of the stories. Set in Eastern Sydney in the 1920s, Sophia Lane (Kennedy & Boyd, 2015) tells the story of Lyndsey Collier, an ambitious country girl who joins the Women’s Police and has to match her wits against crime bosses, Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine. Leigh’s current crime series featuring Detective Sergeant, Claire Patterson, is set in Fremantle and includes the books Limestone and The Call (Kennedy & Boyd, 2015, 2016). http://www.leighstraw.com/
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