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October 2018

True Crime: Digging out the truth

October 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$12 – $22
person wearing red wellies digging ground with a spade

Authors Rachael Brown, Kate Wild and Maryrose Cuskelly talk to Vikki Petraitis about how persistence and perspicacity pay off when it comes to investigating crime.   Last year, journalist Rachael Brown made headlines with her cold-case investigation into the murder of single mother Maria James at her Thornbury bookshop in 1980. Using this material, she created the ABC’s first true-crime podcast, Trace, which has since been published in book format by Scribe Publications. In her exhaustive and exhausting 16-month investigation,…

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November 2018

Sisters in Crime Queensland – November meeting

November 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101 Australia
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Sisters in Crime members and all interested crime writers and readers are invited to attend the November meeting  in Brisbane: Saturday  10 November, 12:00-12:30pm (12 for those who want to order food and/or drink and chat.)  12:30pm - 2:30pm Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) Cafe,  Stanley Pl, South Brisbane Cost: Free (if you’re not eating or drinking.) RSVP Please could you indicate if you will attend this meeting by emailing by at least Thursday 8November sistersincrimeqld@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE THAT IF WE DO NOT HAVE 5 MEMBERS…

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25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

November 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thornbury Theatre, Velvet Room, 859 High Street
Thornbury, Victoria 3071 Australia
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$58

Presented by Kate Atkinson, star of Wentworth and Cate Kennedy, short story guru, in collaboration with crime author and performer Jane Clifton This year, 201 short stories written by Australian women compete for $9760 in prize money. The first-prize winner will also take home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy. Kate Atkinson has a long criminal record – as an actor, that is. This year she received a Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role for her…

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Open invitation – event launch, Missing Pieces (Wild Dingo Press) by Caroline de Costa

November 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland Street
St Kilda, Victoria Australia
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Cairns author, Caroline de Costa, will be in conversation with Sisters in Crime's Carmel Shute about Missing Pieces, her  second novel in the series featuring Cairns Aboriginal detective Cass Diamond.  It is a sequel to Double Madness, which was shortlisted in the Davitt Awards in 2016. This time round, the reinvestigation of the case of a toddler who went missing back in 1992 takes Cass in unexpected directions. Weaving together a story of race, ethnicity, identity and environmental politics,  de Costa again sets…

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December 2018

Jane Harper in conversation with Angela Savage about The Lost Man

December 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Upstairs at the Athenaeum , Level 2, 188 Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$15 – $20

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime Australia take pleasure in presenting Jane Harper and Angela Savage as they discuss Jane’s latest best-seller, The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan, 2018), a stand-alone thriller set in outback Queensland. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun. They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, it is their middle brother Cameron who…

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February 2019

BOOKED OUT – A Black Saturday Crime

February 14 @ 6:00 pm
St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street
StKilda, VIc 3182 Australia
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Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library  Service present… 6 for 6.30pm, Thursday 14 February: A Black Saturday Crime Award-winning author Chloe Hooper talks to Robin Bowles about her latest book, The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire ( (Hamish Hamilton). What kind of person would deliberately set a firestorm? Hooper asks. What kind of mind? On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat…

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The past is never past: New mysteries with history

February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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$12 – $20

Toni Jordan, M J Tjia and Kirsten Alexander talk to Alison Goodman about why digging into the past provides such fertile themes and characters for crime writing. Award-winning Melbourne author Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. Her latest, The Fragments, is her first foray into the mystery world. Set in 1930s’ New York and 1980s’ Brisbane, The Fragments concerns author Inga Karlson who died in a fire, leaving behind three things: a phenomenally successful first novel, the scorched…

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March 2019

Learned Crime with Dervla McTiernan

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum 2 Theatre, 2nd Floor, 188 Collins St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$15 – $20

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime Australia take pleasure in presenting Dervla McTiernan in conversation with Robyn Walton re Dervla’s latest book, The Scholar (out February). After several hotly contested publishing auctions, Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin (Harper Collins, 2018), became an instant bestseller which soared up the Australian charts and became one of the top five bestselling Australian crime novels for 2018, as well as hitting the bestseller charts in the UK and Ireland. Hugely acclaimed…

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Crime Writing Workshop with Vikki Petraitis

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Geelong Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop St
Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia
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$35

Ever thought about writing a crime novel? Or perhaps writing a short crime story to enter into Sisters in Crime Australia's Scarlet Stiletto competition or submit to the Geelong Writers Anthology? This 3 hour Crime Writing workshop with best-selling author Vikki Petraitis will give you plenty of tips on where to start, what to include, and how to engage your audience. Vikki is a well-respected teacher and the author of over a dozen books. Her workshops are interactive and include opportunities to plan and share writing. This workshop…

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April 2019

Felonious communities and fractured families

April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$12 – $22

Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Spence and Joanna Baker talk to Vikki Petraitis about the murderous intertwining of love and family secrets, and its place in broader society.   All Our Secrets (Rosa Mira Books, 2017; Clan Destine Press, 2018), by ex-patriate Jennifer Lane, is set in the small fictional NSW town of Coongahoola where hundreds of ‘Believers’ arrive and start to win souls. In the aftermath of the town’s infamous River Picnic, four times more babies than usual were born the following October…

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