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August 2017

Shame (1988) screens at Melbourne International Film Festival

August 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Forum Theatre, cnr Flinders & Russell Sts
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Shame, a wonderful feminist film produced in 1988 by 'brother-in-law' Michael Brindley, has a special screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival  - 4pm Sunday 13 August at the Forum Theatre. It will be followed by a  Q&A afterwards with actors Deborra-lee Furness and Simone Buchanan,  and director Steve Jodrell.  One woman – played by an award-winning Deborra-lee Furness – turns the tables on a country town's system of entrenched male violence in this rip-roaring Australian action flick. Asta, a hard-edged, motorbike-riding barrister,…

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Noir at the Bar

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grub Street Bookshop, 1/379 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, ViC 3165 Australia
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All are invited to  the 2nd Noir at the Bar Melbourne, Grub Street Bookshop,  379 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Five cool Noir fiction readings from Des Murray, Jessica Currie,  Annie Hauxwell, Iain Ryan and Laura Elizabeth Woollett. Cheap drinks and books for sale. See you there.

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Open invitation: Launch of Award Winning Australian Writing 2017

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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You are warmly invited to attend an evening of literature and light refreshments in Melbourne's historical Athenaeum Library to enjoy readings by AWAW's writers and buy a copy of this year's anthology. This collection features over fifty writers and awards, including the winners of the Elizabeth Jolly Short Story Prize, The Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, The Dorothea Mackellar awards and several Overland prizes, and contains a foreword by multi-award-winning author, Margo Lanagan. The collection includes Ruth Wykes's story, “Stone Cold”…

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September 2017

2017 Ned Kelly Awards Night

September 1 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Join us for a criminally good evening of storytelling, prizes and laughter at the annual Ned Kelly Awards. Hosted by Jane Clifton, the Ned Kelly Awards celebrates Australia’s finest crime writing with awards for the best Crime Fiction, First Crime Fiction, True Crime and the S.D Harvey Short Story Award. The night will also feature some of our finest writers and colourful local identities telling stories about their life in crime. Doors and bar open 6pm for pre-event drinks. Some…

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BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival – Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 September 2017

September 2 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm
Justice & Police Museum, Albert St & Phillip St
Sydney, NSW Australia
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$15 - $40

Justice & Police Museum The inaugural BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival explores what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. Writers, detectives, film-makers, ex-judges and others will consider this and also Sydney’s unique relationship with crime. Sydney was founded by criminals and those who guarded them. Its convict culture helped shape egalitarian Australia. From the Rum Corps of the First Fleet to the razor gangs of the 1920s, to the corruption and colorful characters of the 1970s…

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Historical Novels Society of Australasia – 2017 Melbourne Conference

September 8 @ 8:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm

This celebration of the historical fiction genre will showcase over 60 speakers discussing inspiration, writing craft, research, publishing pathways and personal histories. Featured speakers include  Sisters in Crime members Kerry Greenwood,  Sophie Masson, and Sulari Gentill,  plus  'brother-in-law' Robert Gott, Kate Forsyth,  Deborah Challinor, Juliet Marillier, Arnold Zable,  Anne Gracie and Lucy Treloar. Opening night reception on Friday 8 September includes a round table discussing the conference theme ‘Identity: Origins and Diaspora.’ In addition to the two stream weekend program, there…

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October 2017

Sandi Wallace and Sue Williams in line-up of 2017 Coal Creek Literary Festival

October 8 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
$5 - $10

Rural crime writers (and Sisters in Crime members) Sue Williams and Sandi Wallace are among a cast of ten authors talking about their books and writing at this year’s Coal Creek Literary Festival. At 11.30-12.15pm, Sue and Sandi will be chatting about their latest releases—the second books in their respective series—and penning crime stories. Sandi will also be part of the panel discussion at 4.15-5.00pm, which will be followed by drinks and conversation in the foyer. Sue and Sandi’s books…

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Bouchercon 2017 – Passport to Murder (Toronto 12-15 October)

October 12 - October 15

Bouchercon is the annual world mystery convention in North America where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! Guests of Honour | Bouchercon 2017 Guests of Honour Canadian Guest of Honour: Louise Penny Louise Penny didn’t begin her writing career until her mid-forties, when she set to work on her first crime novel, Still Life. Set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the series features…

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Global Frictions: How widespread misconceptions about language cause systemic failures in the justice system

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
RMIT City Campus, Storey Hall (Building 16), Level 7, Green Brain Conference Rooms 1 & 2,
336–348 Swanston St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research Ignorance is not bliss. How widespread misconceptions about language cause systemic failures in the justice system OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Presenter:  Dr Georgina Heydon, Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, President, International Association of Forensic Linguists. (Dr Heydon spoke at Sisters in Crime 2013 Law Week event - a total star!!) Abstract Around the world and in our own backyard, criminal justice institutions are blighted by cases of inappropriate decisions made by legal professionals who…

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The Killer Weekend (London)

October 28 - October 29
Browns Covent Garden, 82-84 St. Martins Lane,
Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AG United Kingdom
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Killer Women Want to write a crime novel? Got an idea but unsure how to progress it? Like to know more about how to get published? Keen to pitch your idea to top editors and agents? Enjoy a weekend of practical workshops, exclusive masterclasses and pitch sessions given by top crime writers, publishers and agents, plus exclusive one-to-ones with experts in police procedure, criminal justice and forensics. Masterclasses in publishing, self-publishing, author as brand,  the next big thing, plus historical…

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