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Save the date: Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival – Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November

Following the phenomenal success of its inaugural festival in 2019, Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival is coming back – Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November 2021 in Huonville, Tasmania. The festival will include a two-day panel session program and one day of professional development activities for writers. Program details to come. You can sign

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Readings online event – Narrelle M Harris & L.J.M. Owen talk Sherlock

Join Sisters in Crime members, Narrelle M Harris and L.J.M. Owen, in conversation about The Only One in the World: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology (Clan Destine Press). Sherlock Holmes, the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is now arguably the world’s most famous fictional detective. Just a century later there were an estimated

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Online event: Sisters in Crime NSW investigate – Nina Young and Tanya Bretherton – True Crime, what is it, why write it, why read it?

Even Sisters in Crime’s best laid plans have to give way to Covid lockdown but we’re not giving up that easily, so join the NSW Chapter online at 6.30pm on Thursday 29 July for a conversation with Nina Young and Tanya Bretherton. Journalist and daughter Nina and her mother Denise Young courageously relate their very personal journeys in their dual memoir My Father

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Closing 31 August: 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards with a record $11,910 in prize money

Sisters in Crime’s 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories is offering record $11,910 is in prizes this year. “Authors need to get cracking,” said Carmel Shute, secretary of Sisters in Crime. “Entries close on 31 August – and it’s worth firing up the laptop (or sharpening the pencil). “Nearly $12,00o

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Davitt Awards: a (long) shortlist for women’s best crime & mystery books announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a rather long shortlist – 25 – for its 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, six children’s novels and five non-fiction books. Twelve books from all categories are competing for the debut award.

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Pamela Hart: Author and aspiring drummer

Pamela Hart is in the spotlight for July’s Murder Monday interview. She is a seasoned novelist but (thankfully) has turned to crime with Digging Up the Dirt, just out with HarperCollins Australia. She spoke from her home in Sydney to Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore, about her work. (Click on the image below

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Criminal tendencies: Carmel Shute speaks to Sisters in Crime Qld Chapter

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events, nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from Christina Lee, a Brisbane member of Sisters in Crime and winner of two Scarlet Stiletto Award trophies. Carmel Shute

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Carmel Shute & Lucy Sussex talk crime at Alex Cafe

Crime is in the spotlight in the latest episode of Alex Cafe , a fortnightly series that deals with the business of creative writing. The half-hour show is shot at St Kilda’s Alex Theatre, a bit further up the street from Leo’s where Sisters in Crime met for 16 years (in the backroom, just past

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TV drama Vs the novel: The pros and cons with Debra Oswald

Through most of my forty years as a writer, I’ve jumped between novels, plays and television scripts. Across all of those, the mission feels essentially the same – doing my best to conjure up intriguing characters and a story that will be gripping, moving, surprising but always plausible. If you peeked into my house when

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Fatal female friendships: Author spotlight with Polly Phillips  

Perth author, Polly Phillips, drew on her observations and portrayals of female friendships for her debut novel My Best Friend’s Murder (Simon & Schuster). Gaslighting in female friendship hasn’t been examined with the same nuance that romantic relationships have, she says. She spoke with Karina Kilmore. Female friendships – what made you choose to centre

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