women’s writing

Best holiday reads for 2018/2019

Sisters in Crime asked its author members and convenors what they would recommend for holiday reads and this is what they said:  Anne Buist (author) Louise Luna, Two Girls Down (Text publishing, 2019): I was lucky enough to get an advance copy— dynamite kick-butt heroine and a believable softer make side kick. Keeps the pages

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Revenge is a dish best served cold:Q&A with Anna Snoekstra

Melbourne crime writer, Anna Snoekstra, spoke to Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, about her latest thriller, The Spite Game (HQ Fiction, 2018). Hi, Anna. You sold the film rights to your first novel, Only Daughter. How’s that all going? Great! I’ve just gotten back from LA, where I was catching up with everything that

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Vale Judith Rodriquez (1936-2018)

Sisters in Crime mourns the death of  poet  and member, Judith Rodriguez, on 22 November at the age of 82. Judith was a fixture at Melbourne events over the past few years and was usually accompanied by her daughters Bec and Sibila, and, if she was down from Sydney, Zoë. Her warmth, wit and perspicacity attracted

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“These shoes were made for writing”: Cate Kennedy wows the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards ceremony

Cate Kennedy, who won the first two Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 1994 and 1995, gave an hilarious and subversive keynote address entitled  “These heels are made for walkin’”, to the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards ceremony on Saturday night (24 November) at  Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. Cate  came up with an alterative to the award – the Scarlet Scuff

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Author brunch with Robin Bowles

Join Australia’s Queen of Crime, Robin Bowles, for an Author  Brunch:  Realm Library: Sunday 25 November 10.30-11.30am Robin, renowned for her searching forensic inquiries into the cases she chooses, has written 14 books. She began with the still-unsolved murder of country housewife, Jenny Tanner, and followed it up with intimate examinations of the cases of Jaidyn

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From The Mouth of Monsters: An Evening in Conversation with Amanda Howard

True Crime writer and podcaster Amanda Howard has been interviewing serial killers for over 20 years and as such, has been privy to things you’ll never read in a book or find in the news. Known as the ‘Serial Killer Whisperer’, Amanda is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the subject and also co-host of

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From the Mouth of Monsters with Amanda Howard

VIP Late Lunch with True Crime author and podcaster, Amanda Howard. Amanda will talk about how she got started, the encounters in her 20-year career that truly frightened her, the weird and the humorous things she’s experienced, and how to write true crime. A Q&A will wrap up the lunch. Ticket price includes: Front row

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Killing it – Australia’s deadliest female writers

The Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald published a feature  by Thuy On on Sisters in Crime, Australian women’s crime writing and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards in M Magazine (18 November). Pictured is Sally Browne and scarlet stilettos in 2009. The body of evidence is mounting and the verdict is conclusive: Australian women writers are deadly. For

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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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