women’s 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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How to get away with murder

We investigate murder within crime literature and take a humorous stab at revealing what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to making a killing. The advantages – and disadvantages – of poison, bullets, a push off a tall building or cliff, or the Strangers on a Train scenario will all go under

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Rescheduled: 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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Robin Gregory – Author talk with Darebin Libraries

Hear from Robin Gregory about her novel, Traffic, the  first  in a series featuring Melbourne Private Investigator Sandi Kent. Sandi has her hopes for an easy December dashed when two complicated cases crash into her lap. First, she is hired by her sexy but volatile ex-girlfriend to rescue a young South Korean woman from an illegal brothel.

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Sarah Bailey: Author, advertising executive and managing company partner

This month’s Murder Monday interview by Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore is with Sarah Bailey whose debut novel, The Dark Lake, is a best seller in Australia, the USA and Canada and won both the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Debut and the 2018 Ned Kelly award for Best First Crime. (Click on

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Rural Crime Writing Festival!

The New England Writers’ Centre is proud to be hosting the very first of its kind, Rural Crime Writing Festival! Finishes off with a panel discussion with Emma Viskic, J P Pomare, Yumna Kassab, Benjamin Stevenson, Maryrose Cuskelly, and Dan Box, moderated by Carmel Shute from Sisters in Crime. Zoomed on Saturday 12 June. Tickets

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Launch of the 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – with a body or three in the library

Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with its long-time supporter, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, to launch its 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. A record $11,910 is up for grabs this year. The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award since 2012,

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Women’s crime (writing) spree continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Australian women’s crime (writing) spree shows no signs of abating. An astonishing 127 books are competing in Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books – a record equal to 2019. Judging coordinator, Dr Philomena Horsley, couldn’t be more pleased, if somewhat daunted by the prospect of so much reading.

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Working Class Girl: Q&A with Karina Kilmore

Debut author Karina Kilmore drew on her own life and work background to write her debut novel Where the Truth Lies (Simon & Schuster) which centres on a journalist investigating a death on the wharves and the tribal divide between big business, the media and unions. She spoke to Maggie Baron.  Q: Hi Karina, firstly

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Everyday psychopaths: Kelli Hawkins

Writing a crime thriller marks the author as a slightly suspicious person; perhaps even a downright shady one – or so I’ve recently discovered. My debut novel, Other People’s Houses, was released in March and I’ve lost count of the number of friends and family – even strangers – who’ve asked how, and why, I

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