children’s crime fiction

Prescient pandemic theme in Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards

It must have been something in the ether. Two of the winning books in Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards officially awarded tonight (26 September) concern pandemics – Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers (University of Queensland Press), the winner of the Davitt (Best Adult Crime Novel) and Susan Hurley’s Eight Lives, (Affirm Press), winner of the

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Sisters star in the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Victorian Sisters in Crime members – Kerry James (Ballarat) and Richenda Rudman (Kensington) – have won two of the major prizes in the 2020 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.   Kerry won the Fiction Prize ($500) for “True Blue” and Richenda won the Poetry Prize ($500) for “The River”. Both Kerry and Richenda

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Val McDermid to present 20th Davitt Awards

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication   Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Val McDermid, Tartan Noir Queen and long-time Sisters friend, will present its 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women and published in 2019. In a special online ceremony, Val will announce

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Lili Wilkinson: award-winning YA writer, manuscript assessor and chicken lover

With an incredible sixteen books under her belt, including eleven YA books, Melbourne author, Lili Wilkinson knows a hell of a lot about the craft of crime writing and she revealed all (well almost) to Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore for this week’s Murder Mondays interview.  (Click on the image below to go

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Vale Goldie Alexander

St Kilda author, Goldie Alexander, died of cancer this week at the age of 84. Goldie’s first four books were YA novels for Dolly, published under the pseudonym of Gerri Lapin. After that, she wrote more than 90 books, plus many short stories and articles – and garnered an impressive number of awards. Goldie, who

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Judith Rossell: award-winning writer, illustrator and former scientist

Judith Rossell may often spend the day in her pyjamas (just like Sulari Gentill!)– and like Sulari, her output is prodigious. She talks about the special skills required to write (and illustrate) children’s crime books to Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview. (Click on the image below to go to

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Davitt Awards shortlist for best crime & mystery books announced

Twenty-four books crime and mystery books by Australian women are battling it out for Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards – seven adult novels, three Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels and nine non-fiction books. Nine books from all categories are competing for the debut award. Judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, said that the judges

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Women’s crime wave continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women have 124 books in their sights. According to judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, the total is three less than last year “but it’s still a hell of a lot. Even with the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, the six

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Entries for the 20th Davitt Awards for Women’s Crime Books now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Thursday 30 April to enter. Self-published books are eligible. Books co-authored or edited by men are not. This year the Davitts are again sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology. Six Davitt Awards

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Congratulations to Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–21

Sisters in Crime salutes author Ursula Dubosarsky who has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–21. Ursula replaces Morris Gleitzman. Ursula was highly commended in Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards in 2012 for The Golden Day, a poetic novel set in the late 1960s in a girls’ school. The judges reported that the

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