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May 2017

Crime at its Best – Queenscliffe Literary Festival

May 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Queenscliff Town Hall, 50 Learmonth St
Queenscliff, Victoria 3225 Australia
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$30

Author and Sisters in Crime member, Dorothy Johnston, will compere a panel of top crime writers - Jane Harper, Jock Serong and Mark Smith - at the Queenscliffe Literary Festival on Saturday 13 May. They'll be debating how their strong rural and coastal themes build their plots. The Queenscliffe Literary Festival runs each weekend over May. Bookings: http://queenscliffeliteraryfestival.com.au/    

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June 2017

Deadly Secrets – The New England Writers’ Centre

June 16 - June 17
TBC

  The New England Writers' Centre presents Deadly Secrets, the second year of its popular crime writing event on Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17  This year its guest author is award-winning crime writer Emma Viskic. Emma, a Sisters in Crime member, won three Davitt Awards last year and also the Ned Kelly Award for best new fiction for her debut novel, Resurrection Bay. There will be a workshop presented by Emma, talks, book signings, a dinner with Emma and NEWC board members,…

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Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing – closes 21 September

June 17 @ 8:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm
$5 - $10

From deep inside legendary bushranger territory... The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing. All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, noir to cosy. Entries welcome from anywhere in Australia and in 2017 we are accepting digital files! The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction For a story up to 2,500 words First Prize: $500 sponsored by The School of Arts, University of…

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AUSTRALIAN NOIR – DARK STORY MEETS MORALITY TALE?

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St
Wiliamstown, Victoria 3016 Australia
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$15

Willy Lit Festival Meet three authors who take undeniably Australian characters on a moral journey where not everyone ends up the better for it. Join Janice Simpson, Fiona Capp and Jock Serong as they explore strong writing that bends genre – not crime fiction or literature as we’ve known it. Janice Simpson – Murder in Mt Martha – “Murder in Mt Martha is a page-turner, as well as a psychological exploration of what makes a murderer. Janice’s readers are gripped…

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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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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