Scarlet Stiletto Awards

From the short story to the book: Q&A with Fin J. Ross

Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, spoke to Fin J. Ross about her experience of writing for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards and her just published historical mystery novel, Billings Better Bookstore and Brasserie (Clan Destine Press).  Fin, you’re the author of award-winning short stories, two non-fiction crime anthologies, a fantasy tale, and a historical novel,

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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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Murder Mondays: Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan, who won last year’s Davitt Award for Best Adult Novel plus a Neddie for her debut crime novel The Rúin (HarperCollins), is the second guest on the Sisters in Crime new video series, Murder Mondays, where talented women authors are interrogated by Karina Kilmore about the craft of crime. The Irish-born Dervla now

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“Flawed Heroes” goes online

Sisters in Crime’s panel discussion event, Flawed Heroes, originally scheduled as a live show for 8pm Friday 3 April at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel, will now be Zoomed to the world. Authors Emma Viskic, Karina Kilmore and Natalie Conyer will talk to Jacqui Horwood about the flawed heroes of their crime novels as they

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Kerry Greenwood gets a gong!

Sisters in Crime is thrilled to announce that founding member Kerry Greenwood was awarded the Order of Australia medal today, 26 January, for her service to literature. And what a service that has been! Kerry’s greatest gift to the cultural life of Australia – and the world – has undoubtedly been the 20 novels in

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Natalie Conyer – How to become a writer

Two things happened to me in 2019. My first novel, Present Tense, was published, and I turned 70.[1] So, when Sisters in Crime suggested I blog about becoming a late-onset writer, I thought I should share lessons learned along the way. Based on limited experience (one book does not an expert make), here are ten

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Blanche Clark wins Sisters in Crime’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Award

Blanche Clark (Preston, Vic), a former Book Editor at the Herald Sun, won Sisters in Crime’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented at a gala dinner on Saturday night (23 November) at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel by actor Geraldine Hakewill (pictured below), star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted. Hakewill first

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Vale Liz Cameron (1937-2019)

Liz Cameron, a long-time member and supporter of Sisters in Crime died suddenly last week at the age of 82. She was one of the unsung heroes that has helped build Sisters in Crime. In 1968 Liz became matron at Tintern Girls’ Grammar. Her two daughters, Lindy and Fin, boarded there but did not live

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26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Geraldine Hakewill, star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted, will present the awards in collaboration with crime author and performer Jane Clifton after an in-conversation about her – if not their – life in crime. This year, 185 short stories written by Australian women competed for $10,060 in prize money. The first-prize winner

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The Art of Fashioning Peregrine in Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries

In the lead-up to the 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards on 23 November, Carmel Shute, Secretary of Sisters in Crime, spoke to designer Maria Pattison about the costuming of Peregrine Fisher for Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries. Geraldine Hakewill, who plays Peregrine, is presenting the awards. The series is set in 1964 when Peregrine Fisher, the

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