crime writing

Author brunch with Robin Bowles

Join Australia’s Queen of Crime, Robin Bowles, for an Author  Brunch:  Realm Library: Sunday 25 November 10.30-11.30am Robin, renowned for her searching forensic inquiries into the cases she chooses, has written 14 books. She began with the still-unsolved murder of country housewife, Jenny Tanner, and followed it up with intimate examinations of the cases of Jaidyn

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25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Presented by Kate Atkinson, star of Wentworth and Cate Kennedy, short story guru, in collaboration with crime author and performer Jane Clifton This year, 201 short stories written by Australian women compete for $9760 in prize money. The first-prize winner will also take home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy. Kate Atkinson has a long criminal

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Word for Word Festival – Helen McGrath and Cheryl Critchley – The Mind Behind the Crime

In conversation with Jennifer Kloester, investigative journalist Cheryl Critchley and psychologist Professor Helen McGrath take a scalpel to the inner workings of some of Australia’s worst killers. Inspiration Space, Level Two, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre Adult $22 Concession $18.50 Bookings;    

Killing it – Australia’s deadliest female writers

The Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald published a feature  by Thuy On on Sisters in Crime, Australian women’s crime writing and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards in M Magazine (18 November). Pictured is Sally Browne and scarlet stilettos in 2009. The body of evidence is mounting and the verdict is conclusive: Australian women writers are deadly. For

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Word for Word Festival – Vikki Petraitis and Robin Bowles – Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Leading true crime writers Vikki Petraitis, Robin Bowles (Australia’s True Crime Queen), and Clan Destine Press founder Lindy Cameron make a case for their grimly challenging genre. Inspiration Space, Level Two, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre  Adult $22 Concession $18.50 Bookings:     

Reading Agatha Christie on the Lonely Edge of the World: Joanna Baker

I don’t know why I write books. I just started one day and never seemed to stop. Familiar anyone? I do know why my books are all murder mysteries, though. And I know exactly when my writing really started. As a kid growing up in Hobart, I had a quiet life. Mostly, I just read.

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The Davitt Awards: Have they wounded the masculinity of Australian crime fiction?

Jessie Byrne, a  Sisters in Crime member from South Australia (pictured here with Davitt Award winner  Jane Harper in 2017), is doing a creative PhD which involves her writing a crime novel plus a 20,000 word exegesis on Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Jessie has published an article about the Davitts in Writing From Below, 3.2

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Digging out the truth about justice

Authors Rachael Brown, Kate Wild, and Maryrose Cuskelly spoke to fellow true crime author Vikki Petraitis at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel on 19 October about how persistence and perspicacity pay off when it comes to investigating crime. It was a very serious topic and the ensuing debate was both illuminating and profound. But, as

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25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards:  A Milestone in Women’s Crime Writing

Sisters in Crime Australia will celebrate its 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories with a gala ceremony at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 24 November, 6 for 6.30pm. Almost $10,000 is on offer in prize money with the first-prize winner also taking home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy. The awards will be presented

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Remembrance of Things Past … and more: Q&A with Aoife Clifford

Melbourne author Aoife Clifford spoke to Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, about her second novel, Second Sight (Simon & Schuster, 2018)  Hello, Aoife. Congratulations on the publication of your second novel earlier this year. How’s it going in terms of readers’ feedback, reviews, overseas sales? Thanks. It’s been really enjoyable having Second Sight out

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