women’s crime writing

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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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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Now online: How to get away with Murder

How to get away with Murder was to be Sisters in Crime’s first event back at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun in 17 months but alas it was not to be. The one silver lining is that we can share this wildly entertaining event with members and fans worldwide. The panel investigated murder within crime literature

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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 $12,000

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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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