non-fiction crime

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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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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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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