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August 2017

BOOKED OUT!!!‘Body in the Library’ short story readings

August 4, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$10 - $15

Sisters in Crime@The Melbourne Athenaeum Library Friday 4 August, 5.30pm for 6pm: ‘Body in the Library’ short story readings Come and hear compere (and 2011 Scarlet Stiletto Award winner) Angela Savage as she introduces a selection of winning ‘Body in the Library’ stories from Sisters in Crime’s annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ category of the Scarlet Stiletto Awards by offering a $1000 prize to the winner and $500…

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17th Davitt Awards and gala dinner

August 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thornbury Theatre, Velvet Room, 859 High Street
Thornbury, Victoria 3071 Australia
$65

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication Frock up and come to see the multi-talented Hilary Bonney present Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Prior to the presentations, she will discuss her own life in crime with Professor Sue Turnbull, Sisters in Crime’s ambassador. This year, 99 books written by Australian women and published in 2016 are competing for the Davitts. The six categories are: Best Adult Crime Novel, Best…

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September 2017

Dangerous deceptions and delusions

September 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$10 - $17

Authors Sulari Gentill, Megan Goldin and Carolyn Morwood debate unreliable narrators, the blurring of truth and fiction, and much much more with Robyn Walton. Crossing the Lines (Pantera Press), Sulari Gentill’s new stand-alone murder mystery, explores what happens when the imagined becomes better than reality. Madeleine d’Leon is fixated on the story of Edward ‘Ned’ McGinnity, the hero in this crime novel. But Ned, too, is a writer and the character he can’t get out of his head is none…

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October 2017

Sensational seconds

October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
$10 - $17

Authors Emma Viskic, Anna Snoekstra and J M Green discuss how to triumph over ‘second novel syndrome’ and much much more with Maggie Baron. To be followed by the AGM. And Fire Came Down (Bonnier Publishing) Emma Viskic’s second novel, again features Caleb Zelic, a deaf private detective. When a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection…

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November 2017

24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – presented by Sigrid Thornton, icon of Australian screen and stage

November 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
$40
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Reminder: Bookings close Wednesday 15 November.  Click to book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-scarlet-stiletto-cocktail-party-awards-tickets-39036000729 Join us for champagne and canapés as we celebrate Australia’s crime-writing talent at Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards. This year, 186 entries vied for glory, but only 26 stories were shortlisted for the 13 awards (Scarlet-Stiletto-entry-form-2017). Catch up with your favourite authors including Anne Buist, Hazel Edwards, Sandi Wallce and Narrelle M  Harris. Before presenting the awards (and the coveted Scarlet Stiletto trophy), Sigrid Thornton will discuss her ‘life in crime’…

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February 2018

Domestic Noir: Why the family is a cauldron for crime

February 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$10 - $17
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Murders, infidelity, custody disputes, abductions and incarcerations can bring domestic living to boiling point, making the home an unsafe place to be – especially for women and children. Together, host Vikki Petraitis and authors Anne Buist, Megan Norris and Emily Webb will compare and contrast the approaches taken by novelists and true crime authors to physical and psychological forms of domestic violence.   Anne Buist is a leading perinatal psychiatrist and author of the Natalie King mystery series. A forensic psychiatrist, Natalie works…

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March 2018

BOOKED OUT!!!The secret life of a crime scene cleaner

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street
StKilda, VIc 3182 Australia
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Free

Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library Service present … Sarah Krasnostein speaks to Ruth Wykes about Sandra Pankhurst who for 20 years has cleaned houses in which people have died – sometimes violently, sometimes through drugs and, very often, alone. Krasnostein’s debut book, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster (Text Publishing),took out top honours at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s literary awards on 1 February, winning the  $100,000 Victorian prize for literature and…

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April 2018

Past Imperfect: Delving into the swirl of history, murder and intrigue

April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$10 - $17
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Three debut authors – Dervla McTiernan, Sarah Schmidt and Katherine Kovacic – in conversation with Robyn Walton will discuss how their novels shine a light on unsolved crimes, both real and imagined. Dervla McTiernan’s novel, The Rúin (HarperCollins Australia), is set in Ireland. Detective Cormac Reilly is assigned to re-investigate a seemingly accidental overdose that happened twenty years ago. The case draws him deep into the dark heart of Ireland where corruption, desperation and crime run rife, asking, Who will protect us…

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Bookings open til 4pm Friday: ‘Body in the Library’ readings to launch the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

April 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$10 - $15
Shelves of Agatha Christie library books

This year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer more than $10,000 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 by offering a $1000 prize to the winner and $500 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number of entries grow each year – clearly a prize worth killing for.   Angela Savage, Director of Writers Victoria and winner of the 2011 Scarlet Stiletto…

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May 2018

BOOKED OUT!! Crime’s other victims: The professionals who deal with Australia’s most horrific murders

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University City Queen Street Campus, Lecture Theatre G02, 295 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$10 - $15
Law Week logo 2018, 14th to 20th May

For its 12th Law Week event, Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University to explore the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to keep society safe – police officers, homicide detectives, paramedics, doctors, forensic scientists, a trauma cleaner – and an author who writes about murders. Liz Porter, an award winning forensic science writer, will examine what happens behind the scenes with former forensic scientist Maggie Baron, medical writer Venita Munir and retired homicide…

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