women authors

Murder She Wrote: A Tasmanian literary festival inspired by Agatha Christie

The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAF2019) is Tasmania’s newest biennial literary festival and the first writers’ festival in the Huon Valley. The festival’s theme, Murder She Wrote, is inspired by Agatha Christie, the Queen of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Festival director, crime writer (and Sister in Crime member) Dr L.J.M. Owen,

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Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards triumph women crime writers

Perth-based author Dervla McTiernan won the best adult novel award for her debut Irish police procedural, The Rúin (HarperCollins Publishers Australia) at Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women on Saturday night (31 August). McTiernan is one of the many Australian women’s crime writers enjoying massive popularity and attracting

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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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Open Invitation: Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation re My Name is Revenge

Hear Toni Jordan and Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation about Kalagian Blunt’s new book, My Name is Revenge, a collection of fiction and essays related to the Armenian genocide and its connections to Australia. These include the 1980 assassination of a Turkish consul-general in Sydney, a crime that remains unsolved to this day, and an attempted

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Deadbeat brothers: The challenges of creating a fictional family

Sisters in Crime events have had many weird and wonderful titles over the past three 28 years but never one so engaging and amusing as “Deadbeat Brothers and the trouble they cause,” which was conceived by Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President. By amazing coincidence the protagonists in three new crime books by JM Green,

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“I Like My Subjects Dead”: Joanne Drayton

The biographer and the detective are not as far apart as you might imagine. This analogy has been made before, and there are much less generous ones. Famously, commentator, Janet Malcolm, likened the biographer to an ‘eavesdropper’, a ‘voyeur’, a ‘snoop’. Some times what I do feels uneasily close to these transgressive manifestations. Not literally,

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Joanne Drayton: Award-winning biographer with a criminal bent

New Zealand-born Melbourne based author and reviewer, Lucy Sussex, turns her gaze back across the ditch to Joanne Drayton who is presenting Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards on Saturday 31 August in Melbourne. (Click here to book.)  New Zealand writer Joanne Drayton is primarily a biographer, her interests ranging from art to true crime,

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Sisters in Crime@Phillip Island Festival of Stories

Hear from a fabulous Sisters in Crime panel – Ellie Marney (compere), Anna Snoekstra and Olivia De Lesantis: 11-11.45am, Saturday 27 July Room 1, Cowes Cultural Centre,  91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes ELLIE MARNEY Ellie Marney is a teacher and a highly-awarded author of crime fiction for Young Adults.A long-term member of Sisters in Crime, she

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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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The power of the podcast – Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown was one of the crime writers who spoke at Hitlist on 3 July, the Wheeler Centre event about the current state of crime writing. Serial Davitt winner Emma Viskic compered the session which also included fellow Sister in Crime, Sulari Gentill, plus, Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Garry Disher, and Mark Brandi. I want to

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