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February 2017

Who dunnit and why did they do it?

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 present… Vikki Petraitis interrogates three true crime authors – Robin Bowles, Cheryl Critchley and Helen McGrath  – about some famous Australian true crime cases they’ve investigated from Jaidyn Leskie, Jennifer Tanner and Phoebe Handsjuk to Alison Baden-Clay and Jill Meagher. Robin Bowles is known as Australia’s True Crime Queen’, and since 1998 has written 11 best-selling true crime books and two fiction, based on her ‘escapades’ as a licenced private investigator.…

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March 2017

A criminal historical romp with Amy Stewart and Lesley Truffle

March 3 @ 8:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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Collage of Amy Stewart and Lesley Truffle headshots and book covers

US author Amy Stewart and Melbourne’s Lesley Truffle have both written smart, funny, romping adventures set pre-World War I, with larger-than-life protagonists, and they will tell Robyn Walton why the past has proved such fertile ground for criminal storytelling. Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of eight books, including two crime novels and the bestselling The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. Her two novels, Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble (both published by Scribe), are based on the forgotten, true story…

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Treacherous waters: new undercurrents in crime

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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$10 - $15
Sinister image of two people underwater, cropped to show just arm and hand of each

Authors Candice Fox, Tania Chandler and Fiona Capp talk to Jacqui Horwood about their new novels – all with water as the scene of the crime – and much, much more. Photograph: John Heweston In the case of Candice Fox’s latest novel, Crimson Lake (Penguin Random House), the action takes place in the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake in Far North Queensland – a long way from Sydney where Fox and her previous three novels are based. Hades, Fox’s…

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April 2017

Adelaide meeting of Sisters in Crime members & supporters

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
State Library of South Australia, North Terrace & Kintore Ave
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Sisters in Crime's Treasurer, Robyn Byrnes, will be in Adelaide on her way back from the Salt Festival at Port Lincoln and the Eyre Writers Week, and is inviting members  other like minded people in Adelaide to meet with her about about Sisters in Crime Australia. If you are currently a member, she wants to know what you enjoy about being a member and what you would like to see us do more of. If you are a lapsed member,…

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May 2017

(Sex) Crime and Punishment

May 19 @ 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 - $17
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For its 11th Law Week event, Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University to explore Victoria’s trail-blazing approach as to how sex crimes are treated and how they are monitored through the Victorian Sexual Offences List and the Victorian Register of Sex Offenders. Professor Bronwyn Naylor will interrogate our three eminent panellists: Detective Senior Sergeant Marnie Johnstone, Sergeant Kirei Wall and Belinda Wallington. Bookings for this event are essential, so to avoid disappointment…

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June 2017

Nordic Noir: the new cool

June 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St
South Melbourne, Vic 3205 Australia
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$10 - $17
Scandinavian scenic shot, soft focus, foreground lake with reflection of tall pine trees and mountain in background, cabin on edge of like with external light

Book tickets Over the past decade, the icy winds of Nordic noir have swept through the worlds of crime fiction, feature film and television drama. The mood (gloomy and bleak) and look (dark and grim) combined with compelling narratives, strong female characters and the distinctive landscapes of Scandinavia have attracted huge numbers of devotees globally. Professor Sue Turnbull, who co-authored the Nordic noir entry for the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will explore this phenomenon with the…

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July 2017

Sea Change or Tree Change?: crime moves to the coast and country

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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$10 - $17
sea scape and tree scape side by side with overlay of criss-crossed crime scene tape

Book tickets Sisters in Crime convenor and author Janice Simpson puts three crime authors under the spotlight – Leigh Straw, Sarah Bailey and Dorothy Johnston – to explore what happens when crime (fiction) shifts to the coast or country: to Fremantle, the fictional NSW country town of Smithson and Queenscliff, respectively. Leigh Straw is a crime fiction and true crime writer who lectures at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Perth. Her current Fremantle crime fiction series, featuring Detective…

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Brisbane Chapter – Sisters in Crime meeting re True Crime

July 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
 ‘Nest Bar’, Hotel Jen,, Lvl 2, 159 Roma St
Brisbane, Qld 4000 Australia
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Free

Sisters in Crime, and all interested crime writers and readers are invited to meet: Sunday, 30 July, 12:30pm-2:30pm   ‘Nest Bar’, Hotel Jen, Lvl 2, 159 Roma St, Brisbane (beside the Roma St Transit Centre) Free – if you don’t have a coffee, wine, snack or lunch NB if you have the Entertainment Book, bring it along for a discount. Topic: ‘True Crime’ Please note, we want everyone to take part talking about crime in some way in our meetings. Please bring 1000…

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August 2017

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

August 4 @ 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 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thornbury Theatre, Velvet Room, 859 High Street
Thornbury, Victoria 3071 Australia
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$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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