women authors

Debra Oswald to present 21st Davitt Awards

Frock (or suit) up and join us for an à la carte dinner as we present Sisters in Crime’s annual Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women published in 2020. Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication This year, our guest is Debra Oswald, award-winning playwright, screenwriter

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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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Postponed: The past is never dead: Kingston Libraries mystery and mayhem month

Postponed due to Covid. Hauntingly, events of the past can often infiltrate the here-and-now with fatal consequences. Kingston Libraries and Sisters in Crime present newly-minted Melbourne crime novelists Amy Suiter Clarke, Suzanne Frankham and Ruth McIver as they talk to award-winning author Leigh Redhead about such events that refuse to stay dead and buried.  

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Live online: How to get away with Murder

Another Covid casualty… How to get away with Murder was to be Sisters in Crime’s first event back at the Rising Sun in 17 months but alas it was not to be. Thus we’re resorting to a live Zoom event at the same time – 8pm Friday 23 July. But the content remains the same:

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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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BOOKED OUT: Body in the Library: readings and 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards launch

Rescheduled due to Covid restrictions: This year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer $11,910 in prize money for the best crime or mystery short stories. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award, offering a $1250 prize to the winner and $750 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the

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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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