non-fiction crime

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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U3A Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events (mostly in Port Phillip), nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell. Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a

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Entries for Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for women’s crime books now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books (and published in 2020) by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Friday 7 May 2021 to enter. Self-published books are eligible. Books co-authored or edited by men or including chapters by men are not. This year the Davitts are

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Now online: The Innocents: child victims

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out. Seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and Stella Budrikis discussed these particularly evil crimes with fellow writer Emily Webb.  Click

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True Crime Writing with Vikki Petraitis

In the world of publishing, true crime books have always had a dedicated audience. Once podcasts hit the airwaves, true crime topped the listening charts. What is the fascination? True crime author Vikki Petraitis will discuss her books and podcast, The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron, and why people are fascinated with true crime. Vikki is

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2021 Ned Kelly Awards Now Open for Submissions

It’s that time of year again! The Australian Crime Writers Association is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing are now open for submissions. Entries close March 31, 2021 This year, the categories are Best Crime Fiction, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Best International Crime Fiction and Best True Crime. Full

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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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A new chapter in Sisters in Crime: Kristin Murdock reports on the SA Launch

The long-awaited launch of Sisters in Crime South Australian Chapter  on Saturday 19 September was murderously good. Held at the Caledonian Hotel in North Adelaide, thoughts of COVID-19 delays were a distant memory as dozens of keen crime writers gathered to celebrate the first meeting of the SA chapter. Dr Samantha Battams (left), the SA

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20th Davitt Awards – what The Sunday Age said

There’s a plague about and it’s making crime pay by Jason Steger, Books Editor, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. In 1852 an outbreak of typhus on the Ticonderoga as it sailed from Britain to Melbourne killed 100 people and led to the establishment of the Point Nepean quarantine station at the head of the

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