women authors

Learned Crime with Dervla McTiernan

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime Australia take pleasure in presenting Dervla McTiernan in conversation with Robyn Walton re Dervla’s latest book, The Scholar (out February). After several hotly contested publishing auctions, Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin (Harper Collins, 2018), became an instant bestseller which soared up the Australian charts and became

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Open invitation – the launch of What Lies Beneath Us by Kirsty Ferguson

Join us to celebrate the launch of What Lies Beneath Us by Kirsty Ferguson. Jessica James had the perfect life. She had a good job, supportive friends, and her husband Geoff and her son Jack both adored her. Everything changed the moment she found out she was having another child.  Now she’s a stay at home mum,

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The Davitt Awards: Making space for Australia’s women crime writers: Jess Byrne

Sisters in Crime member, Jess Byrne, is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. It includes a 20,000 word exegesis which she has chosen to write on Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.  (Jess is is pictured here with 2017 Davitt Award winner, Jane Harper.) Here is the paper she presented

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Crime across the ditch: Lucy Sussex reports on Rotorua Noir

New Zealand is a country of firsts, and Rotorua Noir was its debut crime fiction convention, held over the Australia Day weekend, 2019. The venue, appropriately the Shambles Theatre, was small, but a perfect confab resulted. Writers appeared from NZ, but also Australia (Michael Rowbotham), Iceland, Finland and the North of the British Isles. Rotorua

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BOOKED OUT – A Black Saturday Crime

Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library  Service present… 6 for 6.30pm, Thursday 14 February: A Black Saturday Crime Award-winning author Chloe Hooper talks to Robin Bowles about her latest book, The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire ( (Hamish Hamilton). What kind of person would deliberately set a firestorm? Hooper asks. What kind of

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Mountain mystery: Q&A with Sandi Wallace

Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, spoke to long-term member, Sandi Wallace, about her latest rural crime novel, Into the Fog (Taut Press, 2018).  Sandi, congratulations on the third novel in your Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series. For your setting you chose the Dandenong Ranges, about an hour’s drive east of Melbourne CBD. And

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Women Writing Crime: What drives them to it? Featuring Sandi Wallace, Michelle Somers and Sarah Bailey

Three award-winning authors explore the compulsion of crime writing. Sandi Wallace, Michelle Somers and Sarah Bailey are authors of three different specialties: rural crime thrillers, romantic suspense novels, and police thrillers. Join them as they discuss what drew them to the genre and what drives them do what they do. Free event but please book

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Philomena Horsley takes out the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Award

Philomena Horsley (Northcote, Vic), a medical anthropologist who specialises in autopsies, took out the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (24 November). Actor Kate Atkinson and author Cate Kennedy presented the awards before a hundred crime fans at a gala ceremony at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. “It was a night of magic and

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Open invitation: Castlemaine launch of A Body of Work by Janice Simpson (Hybrid Publishers)

Castlemaine-based crime writer, Annie Hauxwell, will launch A Body of Work after an in-conversation with author Janice Simpson on Thursday 6 December, 5 for 5.30pm, Castlemaine Library, 212 Barker St, Castlemaine.  A Body of Work, Simpson’s contemporary crime novel set in Melbourne and Ballarat, tells the story of socialite and author Deborah Dangerfield’s murder at a

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A mug’s game? Janice Simpson on the profession of writing

A Body of Work, my second crime novel, is a police procedural with social twists, although there is scant in-depth detail about police methods. Rather, the novel focuses on the interactions of the people in the investigating team. Social themes explored include secret adoption as a way of dealing with an unwanted pregnancy; the personal

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