non-fiction crime

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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Geelong Regional Libraries – Rachael Brown and Vikki Petraitis – Lawyer X

Join Geelong Regional Libraries for this special preview event ahead of the 2020 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival. On the panel are ABC investigative reporter and creator of new podcast Trace 2: The Informer, Rachael Brown, and author of Cops, Drugs, Lawyer X and Me, award-winning true crime writer, Vikki Petraitis. They will be joined by

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Kerry Greenwood: award-winning author, barrister, baker

Sisters in Crime is totally delighted that Kerry Greenwood is the guest of honour for this week’s Murder Mondays interview with national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore. Kerry was a founding member of Sisters in Crime and took part in the debate which launched our organisation in 1991. Kerry has won four Davitt Awards and she is

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SOLD OUT: Sisters in Crime South Australia: Chapter launch & event at FEAST

Join with the South Australian members of Sisters in Crime for the launch of its new chapter and hear about Being a Criminal Barrister with Claire O’Connor & Investigating Crime Scenes with Detective Mike Newbury. The event will be hosted by Sisters in Crime South Australia, facilitated by SA Convenor, Dr Samantha Battams. 6.30pm Saturday

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A Criminologist’s Role in Miscarriages of Justice: Xanthé Mallett

My background is forensic science – specifically forensic anthropology, think Dr Temperance Brennan from the TV series Bones.  I still work with the police, often focusing on image analysis these days, comparing suspect images to a person of interest, this could be a suspect or another person the police wish to identify for operational reasons.

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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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Wayward Women in Herstorical Crime@Geelong Regional Libraries (Zoom)

Join Geelong Regional Libraries for the first of its new Wine and Crime events – a webinar. Geelong Regional Libraries is partnering with Sisters in Crime Australia to present Wayward Women in Herstorical Crime with four panellists (pictured L-R): Tara Mitchell (Panel Chair), National Convenor of Sisters in Crime, who is currently writing her first

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