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February 2021

True Crime Writing with Vikki Petraitis

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In the world of publishing, true crime books have always had a dedicated audience. Once podcasts hit the airwaves, true crime topped the listening charts. What is the fascination? True crime author Vikki Petraitis will discuss her books and podcast, The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron, and why people are fascinated with true crime. Vikki is the author of the best-selling true crime book The Frankston Murders and has just released her sixteenth book, Police Stories. She has also turned her…

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The Innocents: child victims

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out. We hope you can join us for our upcoming author panel when our seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and Stella Budrikis discuss these particularly evil crimes with fellow writer Emily Webb. This event will be available for free viewing worldwide through YouTube on Friday…

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March 2021

Toxic families

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Families can be havens of love and affection, but they can also be crucibles of crime where abuse and resentment create an explosive mix. At the family core there are usually secrets – deep, dark secrets – as three new novels demonstrate: Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know, Erina Reddan’s The Serpent’s Skin and Lyn Yeowart’s The Silent Listener. Join us as we explore these issues and more along with Robyn Walton at our upcoming author panel. The event is…

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April 2021

Sisters in Crime NSW: Chasing Killers: Candice Fox in conversation with Sue Turnbull

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia
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$9 – $12

Sisters in Crime NSW is back with two of its brightest stars. Join the impossibly entertaining Candice Fox and the impossibly well-informed Sue Turnbull in person at Gleebooks, as they re-launch Sisters in Crime NSW and talk about Candice’s new book, The Chase (Penguin). Like her 2020 novel, Gathering Dark, The Chase is set in the USA: When more than 600 of the world’s most violent human beings pour out from Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest…

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Vive la France!

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

France, renowned for delectable food and wine, art and romance, is also a popular setting for crime authors: the art world in Pip Drysdale’s The Paris Affair, a grand country estate in Anna Downes’s The Safe Place and the Alps in Allie Reynolds’s Shiver. Each lends a certain je ne sais quoi to the intrigue. Join us as we explore these settings and more along with award-winning short story writer, Jacqui Horwood, at our upcoming author panel. The event is…

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May 2021

Witness for the Prosecution: Supporting survivors of sexual assault

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sisters in Crime Australia is again proud to join forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, to present its 15th Law Week event. An expert panel – Louise Milligan, Jane Patrick, Michele Williams QC and Rachel Spencer – will discuss the experience of survivors of sexual assault and their journey through the Australian legal system. Too often survivors are re-traumatised by their court trial, equating it to reliving the rape or sexual assault because of the questions they…

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June 2021

NOW ONLINE – in conversation with Jacqueline Bublitz

June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Readings and Sisters in Crime as we celebrate the release of Before You Knew My Name (Allen & Unwin) by Jacqueline Bublitz. This is an extraordinary, unputdownable debut novel that explores trauma, connection, and our cultural obsession with dead girls. However this is not just another novel about a dead girl. Before You Knew My Name doesn’t ask whodunnit. Instead, this powerful, hopeful novel asks: Who was she? And what did she leave behind? The answers might surprise you. Jacqueline will…

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July 2021

Criminal tendencies: Carmel Shute speaks to Sisters in Crime Qld Chapter

July 5 @ 7:00 pm
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For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events, nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from Christina Lee, a Brisbane member of Sisters in Crime and winner of two Scarlet Stiletto Award trophies. Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a national convenor ever since. She was addicted to crime fiction from reading The Famous…

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BOOKED OUT: Body in the Library: readings and 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards launch

July 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$10 – $15

Rescheduled due to Covid restrictions: This year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer $11,910 in prize money for the best crime or mystery short stories. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award, offering a $1250 prize to the winner and $750 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number of entries grow each year, clearly a prize worth killing for. The ‘Body in the Library’ Award honours Agatha Christie and her pioneering 1942…

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Live online: How to get away with Murder

July 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Another Covid casualty... How to get away with Murder was to be Sisters in Crime's first event back at the Rising Sun in 17 months but alas it was not to be. Thus we're resorting to a live Zoom event at the same time - 8pm Friday 23 July. But the content remains the same: we investigate murder within crime literature and take a humorous stab at revealing what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to making…

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