Sisters in Crime

Close-knit communities are hotbeds for (fictional) crimes!

Friday 27 September was a public holiday for the ALF Grand Final in Victoria but discriminating women (and men) found themselves at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel listening to Kylie Kaden, Petronella McGovern and Felicity McLean talk to Karina Kilmore-Barrymore about how home and family can be a cauldron for crime, bringing with it abductions,

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The Dark Adapted Eye: The challenges of taking crime books to the screen

Fiona Eagger, Dee McLachlan and Vikki Petraitis talk to Senior Professor Sue Turnbull about staying true to the source as it is adapted to the medium of film or television. What strategies are involved?  How do pictures, music, sound, and colour combine to tell a complex story that was originally told only in words? What stays and what goes? And is there

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Domestic noir goes bush

Kylie Kaden, Petronella McGovern and Felicity McLean talk to Karina Kilmore-Barrymore about how home and family can be a cauldron for crime, bringing with it abductions, incarcerations, infidelity and missing children – even in the apparent safety of small rural and coastal towns.   Since being plucked from the Penguin Random House slush pile, Brisbane

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“High adventure”: Joanne Drayton’s interview with Arts Alive

New Zealand author Joanne Drayton spoke to Arts Alive’s Vincent O’Donnell when she was in Melbourne to present Sisters in Crime 19th Davitt Awards on 31 August 2019. The program was syndicated to 40+ community radio stations across Australia. The interview goes for around 20 minutes. Credits: Vincent O’Donnell and Joanne Drayton  

19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication     Frock up (or suit up) and join us for a special three-course dinner as we present the Sisters in Crime annual Davitt Awards. This year, our international guest is renowned New Zealand author Joanne Drayton, who will discuss her life in

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Deadbeat brothers and the trouble they cause

Proving the adage ‘You can choose your friends, but not your family’, trouble befalls the protagonists in three new crime books. J M Green, Carmel Reilly and Sherryl Clark have created women who have to clean up messes created by their deadbeat brothers. They will confide all to fellow crime writer Toni Jordan: are the brothers

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Brisbane – Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation re My Name is Revenge

Hear Sydney Sister in Crime Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Ashley Hay re My Name is Revenge, her literary thriller novella set in 1980s’ Sydney and drawn from true events, including a series of international terrorist attacks. Wednesday, July 24, 6-8pm Ticket $10.00, Book (My Name Is Revenge) $24.99 Tickets available until 24 July

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Melbourne Rare Book Week – Charlotte Jay

The Knife is Feminine: Discovering Charlotte Jay Hosted by Melbourne Library Service The inaugural winner of the  Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe award in 1953 was an Australian woman, Charlotte Jay, for Beat Not The Bones , a mystery set in Papua New Guinea. In 2019 who has heard of Charlotte Jay in this her

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Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival announced

MURDER SHE WROTE HUON VALLEY, 31 October to 5 November 2019 A NEW TASMANIAN WRITERS FESTIVAL INSPIRED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE “Incredibly beautiful Hobart, with its deep blue sea and harbour, and its flowers, trees and shrubs. I planned to come back and live there one day.” Agatha Christie “In honour of the Queen of the

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Emerging Writers Festival – Masterclass: Writing Crime

Masterclass: Writing Crime Looking to learn the foundational tools of crime writing, or to sharpen existing weapons already at your disposal? This masterclass will refine your essential plot, pacing, and genre-specific techniques, and teach you how to get paid for your crimes (the fictional variety)! We discuss the responsibilities of writers in representing criminalisation and violence,

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