Ellie Marney

Women’s crime (writing) spree continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Australian women’s crime (writing) spree shows no signs of abating. An astonishing 127 books are competing in Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books – a record equal to 2019. Judging coordinator, Dr Philomena Horsley, couldn’t be more pleased, if somewhat daunted by the prospect of so much reading.

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U3APP Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

For thirty years this September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events, nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute told tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell, via Zoom on 20 March, to U3A Port Phillip. Catch up on our YouTube channel.

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27 stories shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that 27 stories by 25 authors have been shortlisted for its 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories. This year a record 241 stories short stories written by Australian women compete for a record $10,460 in prize money. The shortlisted authors (in alphabetical order) are: Hayley

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Deep-diving into murder and the FBI: Ellie Marney

I first contacted the FBI in September 2018, when research for my new book, None Shall Sleep, was in full swing. None Shall Sleep is about two teenagers – serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell. Recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile killers, Emma and Travis are drawn into an

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Ellie Marney: Writer for Young Adults, obsessive reader, criminal mastermind

For this week’s Murder Mondays, award-winning author, Ellie Marney, waxed lyrical about the craft of crime writing to Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer, journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)    On her website Ellie Marney describes herself as a “writer for

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Sisters in Crime announces the shortlist for its 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is proud to announce that 29 stories by 24 authors have been shortlisted for its 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories. This year 185 stories short stories written by Australian women compete for $10,060 in prize money. Geraldine Hakewill, star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted, will

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Twenty-five crime books shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a shortlist of 25 books for its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels, and six non-fiction books. Twelve titles are also battling it out for the best debut book award. Jacqui Horwood, the

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A tsunami of crime – 127 books contend for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

  A record 127 books are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime and mystery books by Australian women. This figure tips last year’s record by 16. An astonishing 73 adult crime novels have been entered. Almost  half – 49 books in total – are debut offerings. This year

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The Davitt Awards: Making space for Australia’s women crime writers: Jess Byrne

Sisters in Crime member, Jess Byrne, is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. It includes a 20,000 word exegesis which she has chosen to write on Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.  (Jess is is pictured here with 2017 Davitt Award winner, Jane Harper.) Here is the paper she presented

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Emma Viskic wins again at Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women

Melbourne author Emma Viskic won the Davitt (Best Adult Novel) for And Fire Came Down (Echo Publishing) at Sisters in Crime’s 18th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women on Saturday night (11 August). It tops off a stunning award-winning run for Viskic, who won an unprecedented three Davitts and a Ned Kelly

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