women’s crime writing

25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Presented by Kate Atkinson, star of Wentworth and Cate Kennedy, short story guru, in collaboration with crime author and performer Jane Clifton This year, 201 short stories written by Australian women compete for $9760 in prize money. The first-prize winner will also take home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy. Kate Atkinson has a long criminal

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Word for Word Festival – Helen McGrath and Cheryl Critchley – The Mind Behind the Crime

In conversation with Jennifer Kloester, investigative journalist Cheryl Critchley and psychologist Professor Helen McGrath take a scalpel to the inner workings of some of Australia’s worst killers. Inspiration Space, Level Two, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre Adult $22 Concession $18.50 Bookings; https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=429661    

Word for Word Festival – Vikki Petraitis and Robin Bowles – Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Leading true crime writers Vikki Petraitis, Robin Bowles (Australia’s True Crime Queen), and Clan Destine Press founder Lindy Cameron make a case for their grimly challenging genre. Inspiration Space, Level Two, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre  Adult $22 Concession $18.50 Bookings:https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=429681     

Reading Agatha Christie on the Lonely Edge of the World: Joanna Baker

I don’t know why I write books. I just started one day and never seemed to stop. Familiar anyone? I do know why my books are all murder mysteries, though. And I know exactly when my writing really started. As a kid growing up in Hobart, I had a quiet life. Mostly, I just read.

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The Davitt Awards: Have they wounded the masculinity of Australian crime fiction?

Jessie Byrne, a  Sisters in Crime member from South Australia (pictured here with Davitt Award winner  Jane Harper in 2017), is doing a creative PhD which involves her writing a crime novel plus a 20,000 word exegesis on Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Jessie has published an article about the Davitts in Writing From Below, 3.2

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25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards:  A Milestone in Women’s Crime Writing

Sisters in Crime Australia will celebrate its 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories with a gala ceremony at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 24 November, 6 for 6.30pm. Almost $10,000 is on offer in prize money with the first-prize winner also taking home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy. The awards will be presented

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Remembrance of Things Past … and more: Q&A with Aoife Clifford

Melbourne author Aoife Clifford spoke to Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, about her second novel, Second Sight (Simon & Schuster, 2018)  Hello, Aoife. Congratulations on the publication of your second novel earlier this year. How’s it going in terms of readers’ feedback, reviews, overseas sales? Thanks. It’s been really enjoyable having Second Sight out

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Open invitation – launch of All Our Secrets by Jennifer Lane

All  crime buffs are warmly invited to the Sydney launch of All Our Secrets by Australian ex-patriate  crime writer, Jennifer Lane – Sunday 28 October, 2-4pm,  Lazybones Lounge, 294 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Live music will be supplied by Damien Kane and Nicole Smede. The debut novel won the Ngaio Marsh First Novel Award in New Zealand in September.

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Killer Women Festival: London

October 21st 2018 Browns Covent Garden Priority booking for Crime Club members On Sunday October 21st, 2018, we’re taking over the atmospheric and historic Courtrooms above Browns Restaurant in Covent Garden and packing them with events about crime novels, crime audio, crime television and true crime. There’ll be headline appearances from bestselling authors; we’ll be talking about

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True Crime: Digging out the truth

Authors Rachael Brown, Kate Wild and Maryrose Cuskelly talk to Vikki Petraitis about how persistence and perspicacity pay off when it comes to investigating crime.   Last year, journalist Rachael Brown made headlines with her cold-case investigation into the murder of single mother Maria James at her Thornbury bookshop in 1980. Using this material, she

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