SheKilda3 Attending Speakers

Angela Savage

Angela is an award winning Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar (Text, 2006), won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

All three of her Jayne Keeney PI novels were shortlisted for Ned Kelly Awards, The Dying Beach also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. She won the 2011 Scarlett Stiletto Award for her short story, ‘The Teardrop Tattoos’, published in Crime Scenes (Spineless Wonders, 2016).

Angela is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.

Ann Turner

Ann is a Melbourne-based author, screenwriter and director. She is currently adapting her bestselling debut novel, The Lost Swimmer (shortlisted for a Davitt Award in the Best Debut Category 2016) into a film with Sue Maslin, (producer of The Dressmaker); with assistance from Screen Australia. Her second novel, Out of the Ice, has received acclaimed reviews. Both books are also published in the UK.

Ann’s films include Celia, which Time Out named one of the 50 greatest directorial debuts of all time; Hammers Over the Anvil, starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling; and Irresistible, starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt.

Ann is currently working on her third novel, having received another two-book deal from Simon & Schuster Australia.

Anna George

Anna trained as a lawyer and has worked in the legal world as well as the film and television industries. She studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and has written feature film scripts.

Anna’s debut crime novel What Came Before, was included in the Victorian State Library’s Great Summer Reads program for 2014-15, was short-listed in the Best Debut categories of both the Ned Kelly and Davitt awards; and long-listed for the 2016 Dublin Literary Award.

Anna’s second novel (due 2017) is about class, parenting and judgement, and is set on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Both books will be published in Germany by Penguin Random House.

Anna Snoekstra

Anna was born in Canberra, studied Creative Writing and Cinema at Melbourne University, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University. Anna’s short films and music videos have screened around the world and she has written an array of published and award-winning short fiction. In 2014 her was the joint winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award for the Best story with a Disabled Protagonist.

Anna’s debut novel, Only Daughter, was published in 20 countries in 2016, with the film rights optioned to Universal Pictures.

Anne Buist

Anne is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder.

In her psychological thrillers, Medea’s Curse and Dangerous to Know, tart noir heroine, forensic psychiatrist Natalie King, encounters infanticide, a missing child, murder and arson as she fights for her patients, her life and her sanity.

Medea’s Curse was shortlisted 2016 Davitt Awards.

Bronwyn Parry

Bronwyn writes gritty thrillers set in remote NSW which combine fast-paced crime plots with contemporary romance. She’s published in Australia, the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic. Her debut ‘manuscript’, As Darkness Falls, won a prestigious Golden Heart Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her next novels, Dark Country and Dead Heat, were finalists in the Romance Writers of America RITA awards – the Oscars of romance writing; in the Daphne du Maurier Awards; and won the Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Romantic Suspense.

Her fifth novel, Storm Clouds, is the first romantic suspense novel to be shortlisted for the Davitt Awards.

Bronwyn lives in the New England tablelands of northern NSW and loves to travel in Australia’s wild places.

Cath Ferla

Cath is a multi-platform writer with a background in screenwriting and script editing, print and online journalism, educational publishing and long and short form fiction. She lives in Melbourne, has also taught English as an Acquired Language and lived in Beijing where she studied Mandarin Chinese.

Her debut novel, Ghost Girls (Echo Publishing 2016) is set in Sydney in the world of foreign students. Its hero, Sophie Sandilands, teaches at an English language school. When one of her students leaps to her death and it’s revealed she has stolen another’s identity, Sophie is drawn into the mystery.

Christina Lee

Christina has twice won the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has been on the judging panel ever since and has therefore read a lot of Scarlet Stiletto entries.

In the 1990s, she co-wrote and published two crime novels, Unable by Reason of Death and Not in Single Spies set in the grim surroundings of academia in Melbourne. Quite a few people read them, but her writing has been interrupted by a thirty-year academic career. She is now back at the word processor, and is finishing a lively story of crime, grime and redemption, set amidst the drag queens, hipsters, morgue attendants and contract killers of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Ellie Marney

Ellie is a teacher and author of the ‘Every’ series – Every Breath, Every Word, Every Move – a highly-awarded crime trilogy for Young Adults published in Australia and overseas.

Every Breath was highly recommended in 2014 Davitt Awards and, in 2015, was named by ALIA as one of the top ten most-borrowed YA books in libraries nationwide.  Every Word won the 2015 Davitt for Best YA.

Ellie won First Prize in Sisters in Crime’s 2010 Scarlet Stiletto Awards for her short story, ‘Tallow’.

Ellie promotes Australian YA literature through the #LoveOzYA advocacy group, and she hosts a book club – ‘#LoveOzYAbookclub’ – online.

She is an Ambassador for the Stella Prize Schools Program, and is a regular speaker at schools, events and festivals. She lives in a very messy house near Castlemaine, north-central Victoria, with her partner (also a teacher) and their four sons.

Emily Maguire

Emily is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books and has twice been named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. Her articles and essays on sex, culture and literature have been published widely, including in The Age, The Australian and The Monthly.

Her latest novel is An Isolated Incident.

Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic is a multi-award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel,Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards:Best Adult Novel, joint Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice.

She also won two of Australia’s premier crime fiction short story awards: the Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award, and the New England Thunderbolt Prize.

Also a classical clarinetist, Emma’s musical career has ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to busking in the London Underground.

Emma studied Auslan in order to write the character of Caleb Zelic in Resurrection Bay. She is currently writing the second in the Caleb Zelic series with the help of a grant from VicArts.

Fiona Eagger

Fiona is one of Australia’s most versatile producers. Her credits include the feature film Only The Brave, the acclaimed The Society Murders, and the telemovie The Informant (Screentime) and Series 1 & 2 of the drama East of Everything. With her production company Twenty20, Fiona produced the award-winning feature film, Mallboy. Fiona also worked with award-winning director Sarah Watt as consultant producer on her short animation Small Treasures and as producer on the family animation The Way of the Birds.

She formed Every Cloud Productions in 2009 with Deb Cox and produced the international success story Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, executive produced the Indigenous drama The Gods of Wheat Street, and is now in preproduction on the new series Newton’s Law for ABC TV.

Fleur Ferris

Fleur grew up on a farm in Patchewollock, North West Victoria and now lives on a rice farm in southern NSW with her husband and three children. After careers in the police and ambulance services she now writes contemporary thrillers for young adults.

Fleur’s debut novel, Risk, (Penguin Random House 2015) has been translated to French, German and Korean. It’s now on the curriculum of many Australian schools for Years 7-10 and was adapted to stage by a Swedish school in Sweden.

Risk won the 2016 Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Crime Book (Young Adult) and was joint winner of the Davitt Award for Best Debut Book.

Fleur’s latest release, Black, is already making its way onto the curriculum of Australian schools and is being published internationally.

Hilary Bonney

Hilary is a barrister and a writer. She has also taught advocacy and criminal law at Australian universities and overseas, and been a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Hilary has written short plays and two true-crime books: The Society Murders, which was made into a television movie; and The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller, which has formed the basis for a forthcoming show called Murder Calls.

She was the co-creator of Crownies on ABC; the associate producer of the Janet King series; and is currently the legal and story consultant on Newton’s Law, the new legal show from Every Cloud Productions.

Honey Brown

Honey is the bestselling author of six critically acclaimed novels, including Miles Franklin longlisted The Good Daughter, Aurealis Award Winner Red Queen and Davitt Award Winner Dark Horse.

Before settling down and raising a family, Honey worked and lived in various remote places throughout Australia. She began writing novels in 2000. Her most recent release, Six Degrees, is a collection of erotic short stories and she’s currently working on her sixth psychological thriller.

Janice Simpson

Janice, a Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, is working on a new crime series set in Australia, as well as a compendium of stories about the importance of place in the lives of adoptees.

In Simpson’s first crime novel, Murder in Mt Martha (Hybrid Publishers, 2016), murder stretches its tentacles into the past and the 1953 murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Janice has had several short fiction and nonfiction pieces published in print and online magazines. She works as an academic at RMIT (Melbourne) and is a creative practices PhD candidate, also at RMIT.

Julie Szego

Julie, writer and Fairfax columnist, worked at The Age for 12 years. She teaches creative non-fiction at Melbourne University and journalism at Monash University.

Her book, The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama, was shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for 2015 and Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.

Kathryn Ledson

In 2005 Kathryn took a deep breath (whispered a prayer) and left her 25-ish year career in the corporate arena (which included a few breaks from dull offices to work on Hayman Island and with famous people like Peter Ustinov and rock bands Dire Straits and AC/DC) to return – with a great sense of homecoming – to student life.

What emerged from that professional writing and editing course was a huge surprise in the form of hapless heroine Erica Jewell, lead character in Kathryn’s series of funny, romantic, action-packed novels, which so far includes Rough Diamond, Monkey Business and the recently released Grand Slam.

Kelly Lefever

One of Australia’s most accomplished television writers, Kelly has written, script produced, script edited, story lined, and story edited more than 600 hours of TV for every free-to-air network in the country.

She is also a highly sought after script editor and developer for feature films, with credits including The Black Balloon, Roy Hollsdotter Live and multiple award winning short films.

Kelly has received 5 AWGIE nominations, winning for both Something In The Air and The Circuit, an AFI nomination for Best Screenplay in Television, and has twice been shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Prize.  In 2011 Kelly was shortlisted for the Kit Denton Disfellowship for courage in writing, and in 2014 was awarded the Foxtel Fellowship in Recognition of an Outstanding and Significant Body of Work.

Kelly is the Co-Creator, Script Producer and Head Writer of the SBS 2 x 6 part mini-series The Circuit – a multiple AFI and Logie nominee, and winner of 2 Chicago Film Festival HUGO Awards for Best Mini Series (series 1 and 2) and the Human Rights Reconciliation Award.

Her credits include The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Mr And Mrs Murder, City Homicide, Something In The Air, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Prisoner.

Kelly is a former Vice President of the Australian Writers’ Guild, serving as a member of its National Executive Committee for 11 years, and is the Chair of the National Screenwriters’ Conference Committee. She also lectures in screenwriting.

Kendall Talbot

Kendall is an award winning author, thrill seeker and hopeless romantic. She’s travelled extensively, some 37 countries and counting and she’s addicted to experiences that make her scream, like white-water rafting, scuba diving with sharks and hang gliding. Her stories reflect her sense of adventure and her love affair with her very own hero.

Her debut novel Lost in Kakadu (Escape Publishing, 2013) won the Romantic Book of the Year 2014.

Kendall has been award shortlisted including, Best Romantic Suspense and Best New Author, Best Continuing Series; and in 2016 had three books on the long list for the Davitts.

She lives in Brisbane with her hubby, her two grown sons and her fluffy little dog, Josie McLuvin.

Kerry Greenwood

Kerry is a lawyer and author of 59 novels and five non-fiction books.

Born, raised and still living Footscray, Kerry is the creator of the fabulous 20-book Phryne Fisher mystery series, (Allen & Unwin); the Corinna Chapman crime series (A&U); and (with Clan Destine Press) the Delphic Women Trilogy: Medea, Cassandra and Electra; Out of the Black Land; Mytherotica and the two-volume Herotica.

Kerry holds both the Ned Kelly and Davitt Lifetime Achievement Awards for her crime fiction, and wants another lifetime. She is not married but lives with an accredited Wizard and three cats, Belladonna, Dougal and Shadow; and has no idea where she gets her ideas from.

Kylie Fox

Kylie is a crime and spec fiction writer from the Mornington Peninsula. She is co-author with Amanda Wrangles of a comic fantasy book, Arrabella Candellarbra & The Questy Thing to End All Questy Things, and has won numerous prizes in Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Her short story, Poppies, appeared in Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut (2011).

Kylie’s first true crime book, co-written with Ruth Wykes, Invisible Women was released earlier this year. Kylie works as an editor and transcriptionist, is studying for a degree in criminal justice and is a mother of five.

L J M Owen

L J escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. A trained archaeologist and qualified librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics.

L J’s debut novel, the first in her Dr Pimms Intermillennial Sleuth series, Olmec Obituary (Echo Publishing 2015) is set in a world of archaeology, forensic science, libraries, food and cats. The sequel, Mayan Mendacity, will be launched at SheKilda3.

L J spends as much time as possible creating Dr Pimms’ world to provide refuge for bookworms everywhere. Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.

L A Larkin

L.A. has been described by James Phelan as ‘a world-class thriller writer’ and likened to Michael Crichton and Matthew Reilly. Devour (Hachette 2016) is the first novel in a new action thriller series featuring journalist Olivia Wolfe – a new breed of female heroine.

L.A. is also author of The Genesis Flaw and Thirst and, as Louisa Bennet, writes the humorous mysteries – Monty & Me features Monty the Dog Detective.

An adventurer at heart, L.A. has spent time in Antarctica, and with scientists at the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian Antarctic Division. She moves between Sydney and London, and teaches mystery and thriller writing.

Leigh Redhead

Leigh is the author of the award winning Simone Kirsch private eye series: Peepshow (2004), Rubdown (2005) Cherry Pie (2007) and Thrill City (2010).

In her previous lives she’s worked on a prawn trawler and as a waitress, exotic dancer, masseuse, teacher and apprentice chef.

She is currently completing the fifth Simone Kirsch novel while studying for a PhD in Australian noir fiction.

Lucy Sussex

Lucy was born in New Zealand and now lives in Melbourne. She works across genres, with particular interests in women’s lives, crime and Victoriana. Her award-winning fiction includes the novel, The Scarlet Rider (1996). She has five short story collections, including Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies.

Her latest project, Blockbuster!: Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (Text, 2015) won the Victorian Community History Award.

Her other historical works include: Women Writers and Detectives in Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction: The Mothers of the Mystery Genre (Palgrave MacMillan) and The Fortunes of Mary Fortune (Penguin Books Australia).

Lucy recently discovered Mary Fortune’s unmarked grave:

Melina Marchetta

Melina is one of Australia’s best-selling writers of young-adult fiction and is critically acclaimed in more than 20 countries and in 18 languages. In 2009 Melina the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for On the Jellicoe Road. Melina’s screenplay for this book is set to be made into a major film with an international cast. Its director, Kate Woods, also directed the movie of Melina’s best-known book, Looking for Alibrandi.

Other books include Saving Francesca, The Piper’s Son, and the fantasy trilogy The Lumatere Chronicles.

Her new novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is her first foray into adult crime fiction.

Narrelle M Harris

Narrelle is a Melbourne-based writer of crime, horror, fantasy, romance, erotica and non-fiction. Walking Shadows, (Clan Destine Press 2012), the sequel to her Australian vampire novel The Opposite of Life, was nominated for the Chronos Awards for SF and fantasy, and shortlisted for the Davitt Awards for crime writing.

Narelle’s short story collection, Showtime, was the fifth of the 12 Planets series (from the World Fantasy Award-winning Twelfth Planet Press).

Narrelle also writes short erotic romance, often combining romance with adventure and crime. Her first full-length romance, The Adventure of the Colonial Boy is a Holmes/Watson crime/romance set in Australia in 1893 (Improbable Press 2016). A queer paranormal romance novel and more short stories (both het and queer) are in the pipeline.

Nova Weetman

Nova first YA novel, The Haunting of Lily Frost, was shortlisted in the 2014 Aurealis awards for Best YA novel and longlisted for a Davitt.

Nova has written for magazines including Kill Your Darlings, Island, Tirra Lirra, Wet Ink, Mslexia, and Overland. She wrote the short films Ripples and Mr Wasinski’s Song, which earned an AWGIE nomination for best short screenplay, and the Best Short Film Award from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Nova’s latest novels are the middle-grade The Secrets We Keep and the YA Everything Is Changed (UQP), a reverse narrative leading to the night where lives are changed forever.

Nova lives with her playwright partner and their two children in Melbourne.

P D Martin

PD is the author of five crime novels published ‘traditionally’ in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series — Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death — has met with international acclaim.

In 2010 Phillipa moved into the ebook sphere, starting off with Coming Home, book six in the Sophie series. Since then she has released Hell’s Fury, a spy thriller with crime at its heart, and two middle grade novels, under the name Pippa Dee — The Wanderer and Grounded Spirits.

She currently teaches creative writing at Abbotsford Convent and Writers Victoria, and is also studying for her PhD: Literary crime fiction – an analysis.

Rebecca Lim

Rebecca is a writer, illustrator and lawyer based in Melbourne and the author of 16 books for children and YA readers, including Mercy, The Astrologer’s Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers) and Afterlight.

Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt Award for YA, Rebecca’s novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Polish.

Rebecca is an Ambassador for the Stella Schools Program and an advocate for greater representations of diversity in Oz YA and children’s books.

Robin Bowles

Robin is known as Australia’s True Crime Queen and since 1998 has written 11 best-selling true crime books, and two novels, based on her ‘escapades’ as a licence private investigator. Her books include an investigation into the death of Jennifer Tanner and the definitive books on the Jaidyn Leskie murder and the disappearance of British backpacker, Peter Falconio, which won the inaugural true crime Davitt Award in 2006.

Robin lives and writes in Melbourne, but she travels all over Australia researching interesting crimes for her books. Her books are widely read, by crime aficionados, the legal fraternity and even the police!

Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun is the author of Frankie, a darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself and falling in love. Set in Collingwood, Frankie explores the disappearance of a young graffiti artist and the angry, smart-mouthed girl willing to defy her friends, family and the law to find him.

Shivaun’s short fiction, flash fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in anthologies and journals including Where the Shoreline Used to Be, Above Water, Text, Vivid and The Victorian Writer.

When she’s not writing, Shivaun works as an editor and manuscript assessor. She is an ex-English and philosophy teacher and has two master’s degrees, one in creative writing and one in publishing. Frankie is her first novel.

Sue Turnbull

Sue is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong where she is Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries and Director of the research Centre for Texts, Culture and Creative Industries.  Her current research interests include a study of television use amongst migrants, and the transnational career of the TV crime drama.

Sue’s recent publications include The Media and Communications in Australia (2014) with Stuart Cunningham; and The Television Crime Drama published by Edinburgh University Press (2014).  Sue is joint editor of Participations:  Journal of Audience and Reception Studies and a frequent media commentator on television and radio who also writes on crime fiction for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

She is also a longtime National Co-Convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia.

Sue Williams

Sue was raised in country Victoria and hotly denies this provided any inspiration for her writing. She is nevertheless author of two crime-caper novels set in Rusty Bore, population 147.

Sue is a Melbourne-based science writer and chartered accountant who also holds a PhD in marine biology. Her first crime novel, Murder with the Lot, was shortlisted in the Ned Kelly Awards. The sequel, Dead Men Don’t Order Flake, came out this year, so she’s now working on the third in the series.

Sulari Gentill

Sulari, a reformed lawyer, is the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, eight historical crime novels (thus far) featuring her 1930s Australian gentleman artist; and the Hero Trilogy, set in the ancient world.

Sulari lives with her husband, Michael, and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in the Snowy Mountains, where she grows French Black Truffles and refers to her writing as ‘work’ so that no one will suggest she get a real job. So far, it’s worked.

Sulari has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book); won the 2012 Davitt Award (Adult), been shortlisted for the Davitts in 2013, 2015 and 2016; for the 2015 Ned Kelly Award.

She was the inaugural Eminent Writer in Residence at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

She remains in love with art of writing.

Susanna Lobez

Susanna, actor-turned-barrister-turned-broadcaster, has been an ABC specialist legal broadcaster on ‘The Law Report’ (Radio National) and ‘Law Matters’ (TV). She has written feature articles for The Age and columns for the Sunday Herald Sun.

Together, with co-author James Morton, Susanna has written nine books on true crime for Melbourne University Press. The latest book is Gangland Robbers.

Vikki Petraitis

Vikki is a true-crime author who has written about serial killers, gangland murders, detectives, and police dogs. She is currently working on a biography of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy, once known as Australia’s toughest cop. She appears on panels, and contributes the occasional article to the Australian Police Journal.

Vikki judges the annual Bayside Literary Festival’s adult creative writing competition, and for two years running, has been one of the judges for the Ned Kelly Awards.

She runs creative regular writing courses for the Bayside Libraries. And, until one cold and fateful evening last year, she was undefeated in comic debating. She is a former Sisters in Crime National Co-convenor.

Wendy James

Wendy is the author of seven books, including the bestselling The Mistake. Her debut novel, Out of the Silence, won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award for first crime novel, and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie Award for women’s writing.

Her latest novel, The Golden Child, (HarperCollins) is due out in February 2017.

Wendy works as an editor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and lives in Newcastle, NSW, with her husband and two of their four children.


Andrew Nette

Andrew is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of two crime novels, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties, and Gunshine State, out September 2016.

His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and on-line publications. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the history of Australian pulp paperback publishing.

Jock Serong

Jock is a former criminal lawyer and editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. His debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction, and his follow-up, The Rules of Backyard Cricket, was released through Text Publishing in August 2016.

Robert Gott

Robert was born in the Queensland town of Maryborough, for which he apologises.

He is the author, bizarrely, of more than 90 non-fiction books for children, and to dispel any worthiness that this might this imply, he is also the author six rather violent crime novels for adults. Four of these feature the incompetent actor and private investigator, William Power, and two are dark explorations of Melbourne during the Second World War.

He is also the creator of the cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man which is published each week in The Age newspaper, and which now has the distinction of being the world’s longest running dick joke. His parents are very proud.


Angela Meyer

Angela is a commissioning editor for Echo Publishing. She acquired the Davitt and Ned Kelly award-winning novel Resurrection Bay, by Emma Viskic, as well as Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla, and the Dr Pimms series (Olmec Obituary, Mayan Mendacity) by L.J.M. Owen.

She is the author of Captives, a book of flash fiction. Her book reviews, stories and articles have appeared in The Big Issue, Best Australian Stories, Crikey, Island, The Australian, internationally in The Queens Head literary magazine.

Angela’s blog, LiteraryMinded, has been running since 2007. On Twitter and Instagram she is @LiteraryMinded.

Cate Blake

Cate is a Commissioning Editor with Penguin Random House Australia, publishing and editing both adult fiction and nonfiction. Books she has published have won or been nominated for awards including the National Biography Award, the Ned Kelly Awards, the Davitt Awards, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the International Dublin Literary Award.

Cate has twice been a judge for the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, and currently sits on the board of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. She has a Bachelor of Arts, with honours in English literature and political science, from Melbourne University; has attended the Residential Editorial Program, run by the Australian Publishers’ Association; and the Yale University Publishing Course in the USA.

Helen Goltz

Helen is the publisher of Atlas Productions’ Books, a boutique publishing house promoting all genres and the love of words. Atlas authors have been winners, finalists or nominees in the Ned Kelly Awards, the Davitt Awards, and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

Helen is also a crime fiction writer and author of The Mitchell Parker crime series – Mastermind, Graveyard of the Atlantic and The Fourth Reich; and The Jesse Clarke series – Death by Sugar (published by Clan Destine Press) and Death by Disguise.

Helen is Postgraduate qualified in Communications and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Literature, Media and Government. She has worked as a journalist, marketer/producer for News Ltd; the Seven television network; Macquarie radio; and edited the Suncorp Literary Awards.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, and the Australia Crime Writers Association. Atlas is a member of the Small Press Network.

Jodie Webster

Jodie is an Associate Publisher of Books for Children & Young Adults at Allen & Unwin. She and her colleagues publish an internationally acclaimed list of picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade and young adult titles.

Jodie has worked extensively with many Australian authors and illustrators including Margo Lanagan, Justine Larbalestier, Shaun Tan, Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, Barry Jonsberg, David Metzenthen, Lili Wilkinson, Neil Grant, Penni Russon, Kate Constable, Clare Strahan and Nicki Greenberg.

Lindy Cameron

Lindy is the publisher of Clan Destine Press. CDP’s aim is to foster new Australian genre writers and to provide a home where already-published authors can play in new worlds. It publishes the crime/thrillers of Jane Clifton, Sandy Curtis, Alison Goodman, Rowena Cory Daniells, Sarah Evans, Sandi Wallace, Emilie Collyer, Ellen Davitt, Liz Porter and Barry Weston; the true crime of Vikki Petraitis; and the ancient Greek and Egyptian novels of Kerry Greenwood.

Lindy is also a crime and specfic writer, author of; Golden Relic, Redback, Feedback, and the Kit O’Malley PI trilogy. She’s also co-author of the True Crime collections: Killer in the Family & Murder in the Family, with her sister Fin J Ross; and Women Who Kill, with Ruth Wykes.

Lindy is a founding member and current Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Australia.

TV/Film Producers

Karin Altmann

Karin is a writer, director and producer whose credits include the AFI-winning documentaries, Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines; Lynn Seymour: In A Class of Her Own and Holding on to What is Real.

As a scriptwriter she worked on: Something in the Air; Blue Heelers; Sweat; Cluedo; and War and Puss. She co-wrote the telemovie, One Way Ticket, with Michael Brindley.

Karin has managed a variety of projects for the AFC and Screen Australia.  She lectures at RMIT and VCA; and is the Visiting Professor in Screenwriting at the EIcar Film School in Paris.

Karin runs ScriptWorks, a development company that consults on documentary, TV drama and feature films; including: Oddball; and Putuparri and the Rainmakers. Karin is a recipient the Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, presented by the Australian Writers Guild.

Fiona Eagger

Fiona is one of Australia’s most versatile producers. Her credits include the feature film Only The Brave, the acclaimed The Society Murders, and the telemovie The Informant (Screentime) and Series 1 & 2 of the drama East of Everything. With her production company Twenty20, Fiona produced the award-winning feature film, Mallboy. Fiona also worked with award-winning director Sarah Watt as consultant producer on her short animation Small Treasures and as producer on the family animation The Way of the Birds.

She formed Every Cloud Productions in 2009 with Deb Cox and produced the international success story Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, executive produced the Indigenous drama The Gods of Wheat Street, and is now in preproduction on the new series Newton’s Law for ABC TV.

Sue Maslin

Sue is one of Australia’s most successful film and television practitioners. Her most recent smash hit was The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis.

Other credits include: Road to Nhill; Japanese Story; Celebrity: Dominick Dunne; and Hunt Angels. Her innovative company, Film Art Media, produces and distributes screen content with a focus on documentaries.

Sue is Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University; in 2012 received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry; and is currently a Patron of Women in Film and Television. She is President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, dedicated to inspiring the participation of women in the screen industry.

Special Guest Presenters

Nicole da Silva

Nicole, currently best-known – and with a cult following – for her role as Franky Doyle on Fremantle Media’s Wentworth, won an ASTRA Award for the Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in 2014, as well as a Silver Logie nomination in 2015.

In her previous life in TV crime, Nicole played Snr Const. Stella D’Agostino in Southern Star’s AFI award winning drama Rush. She has also played major roles in the SBS series Carla Cametti PD, gaining a Best Actress nomination at the Monte Carlo Television Awards, and in the Foxtel series Dangerous for which she received a Graham Kennedy TV Week Logie Award Nomination for Most Outstanding New Talent. Other TV credits include All Saints, Home and Away and East West 101.

Nicole recently worked on a US television series for Amazon called Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street; and back home in Australia, has a lead role in the television drama Doctor Doctor.

This year Nicole features in the US sci-fi feature The Tangle, directed by Christopher Soren Kelly.

Her theatre credits include Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre); A Behanding in Spokane (MTC); and she produced and performed in Queen C for B Sharp at Belvoir St Theatre and A Life in the Theatre for Darlinghurst Theatre.

In 2014 Nicole was the first-appointed Champion for the Australian National Committee for UN Women. A public advocate for marriage equality in Australia and LGBTQI rights, Nicole uses her social media presence to educate and create change within the community.

Kerry Greenwood

Kerry is a lawyer and author of 59 novels and five non-fiction books.

Born, raised and still living Footscray, Kerry is the creator of the fabulous 20-book Phryne Fisher mystery series, (Allen & Unwin); the Corinna Chapman crime series (A&U); and (with Clan Destine Press) the Delphic Women Trilogy: Medea, Cassandra and Electra; Out of the Black Land; Mytherotica and the two-volume Herotica.

Kerry holds both the Ned Kelly and Davitt Lifetime Achievement Awards for her crime fiction, and wants another lifetime. She is not married but lives with an accredited Wizard and three cats, Belladonna, Dougal and Shadow; and has no idea where she gets her ideas from.