Australian crime writing

Save the date: Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival – Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November

Following the phenomenal success of its inaugural festival in 2019, Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival is coming back – Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November 2021 in Huonville, Tasmania. The festival will include a two-day panel session program and one day of professional development activities for writers. Program details to come. You can sign

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Now online: Debra Oswald to present 21st Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime’s annual Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women published in 2020 will now be presented online (due to Covid lockdown restrictions). Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication This year, our guest is Debra Oswald, award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist, who will discuss her

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Readings online event – Narrelle M Harris & L.J.M. Owen talk Sherlock

Join Sisters in Crime members, Narrelle M Harris and L.J.M. Owen, in conversation about The Only One in the World: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology (Clan Destine Press). Sherlock Holmes, the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is now arguably the world’s most famous fictional detective. Just a century later there were an estimated

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Sharp and engaging storytelling: Author spotlight on Veronica Gorrie

Veronica Gorrie drew on her lived experience as a Gunai/Kurnai woman and former police officer for her book Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience (Scribe Publications). Through her sharp wit and engaging storytelling, she takes us on her journey as an Aboriginal person who joined the white, male-dominated Queensland police. Veronica shared her

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Reviews and resilience: Katherine Firkin on the debut author experience

I’ve never been afraid of failure. In fact, I’ve often considered myself one of those odd people who almost thrives on the challenge of the impossible – the type of student that responds better to the stick than the carrot. Oh, you think I can’t do this… watch me. Perhaps that’s what has propelled me

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Online event: Sisters in Crime NSW investigate – Nina Young and Tanya Bretherton – True Crime, what is it, why write it, why read it?

Even Sisters in Crime’s best laid plans have to give way to Covid lockdown but we’re not giving up that easily, so join the NSW Chapter online at 6.30pm on Thursday 29 July for a conversation with Nina Young and Tanya Bretherton. Journalist and daughter Nina and her mother Denise Young courageously relate their very personal journeys in their dual memoir My Father

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Postponed: The past is never dead: Kingston Libraries mystery and mayhem month

Postponed due to Covid. Hauntingly, events of the past can often infiltrate the here-and-now with fatal consequences. Kingston Libraries and Sisters in Crime present newly-minted Melbourne crime novelists Amy Suiter Clarke, Suzanne Frankham and Ruth McIver as they talk to award-winning author Leigh Redhead about such events that refuse to stay dead and buried.  

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Now online: How to get away with Murder

How to get away with Murder was to be Sisters in Crime’s first event back at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun in 17 months but alas it was not to be. The one silver lining is that we can share this wildly entertaining event with members and fans worldwide. The panel investigated murder within crime literature

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Closing 31 August: 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards with a record $11,910 in prize money

Sisters in Crime’s 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories are offering a record $11,910 in prizes this year. “Authors need to get cracking,” said Carmel Shute, secretary of Sisters in Crime. “Entries close on 31 August – and it’s worth firing up the laptop (or sharpening the pencil). “Nearly $12,000

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Live online: How to get away with Murder

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:

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