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Val McDermid to present 20th Davitt Awards

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication   Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Val McDermid, Tartan Noir Queen and long-time Sisters friend, will present its 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women and published in 2019. In a special online ceremony, Val will announce the

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Finding the right publisher – Kirsty Ferguson reflects

From the beginning of my writing career, I have paid close attention to all the successful women in this industry. If I wanted to improve, what should I do? Look to those who led the way. So when the opportunity arose for my writing to be put in front of London publisher Boldwood Books, I

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Crime does pay: $10,460 on offer with the 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

A record $10,460 is up for grabs in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. Cate Kennedy, whose literary career was kick-started by winning the first two Scarlet Stiletto trophies back in 1994 and 1995, launched the awards online. (Click on the image below

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Youth writing awards: $1000 up for grabs in two Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards

It could be worth killing for…  This year Sisters in Crime is offering not one but two Scarlet Stiletto Awards for short stories by young women crime writers – the long-running Best Young Writer Award ($500) for under 19s, offered for the first time by Affirm Press, and the brand-new New Writers’ Award, open to

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Women’s crime wave continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women have 124 books in their sights. According to judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, the total is three less than last year “but it’s still a hell of a lot. Even with the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, the six

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Book Clubs Hub: Mapping the nation’s book-loving community

For the first time, a national survey of book clubs around Australia is being conducted as part of a wider campaign to celebrate and recognise their value, reach and combined brainpower. The organisers of the annual Clunes Booktown Festival in regional Victoria have established the Book Clubs Hub, a free platform where book club members

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Murder Takes a Holiday

During the pandemic lockdown, overseas travel is out of the question and we’re lucky to take a walk in the local park even whilst observing social distancing. One of crime fiction’s many virtues is that it allows us to travel to exotic locations from the safety and comfort of the couch or bed. Sisters in

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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears available for download via Village Roadshow

Are you stuck inside and in need of some fun? Are you unable to travel the exotic lands of adventure to take in Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears in cinemas? If so, don’t fret. #MissFisherMovie is now available for premium digital download. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears can be hired, purchased

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Leisl Leighton: Blazing Fear: The pathology of fire-setting

Leisl Leighton together with Kimberley Starr and Chloe Hooper will talking with Maggie Baron for Sisters in Crime’s Burning Issues event scheduled for Friday 24 April. The live event is cancelled but the ‘in conversation’ is being recorded and will be available for viewing worldwide on YouTube on Sunday 26 April. Here Leisl talks about what

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Sue Turnbull – Miss Fisher and her fans: how a heroine on Australia’s small screen became a global phenomenon

Sue Turnbull, Sisters in Crime’s Ambassador, introduced the recent screening of Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears. Here, wearing her professorial hat, she writes about Phryne fandom for The Conversation. A heavily disguised Phryne (Essie Davis) is racing through the streets of Palestine, pursued by armed men. Excitement mounts. Having athletically eluded all attempts to

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