women’s writing

Captivating Criminality 5: Crime Fiction: Insiders and Outsiders

The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its fifth UK conference. Building upon and developing ideas and themes from the previous four successful conferences, Crime Fiction: Insiders and Outsiders, will examine the ways in which Crime Fiction as a genre is able to incorporate both traditional ideas and themes, as well as those from

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Past Imperfect: Delving into the swirl of history, murder and intrigue

Three debut authors – Dervla McTiernan, Sarah Schmidt and Katherine Kovacic – in conversation with Robyn Walton will discuss how their novels shine a light on unsolved crimes, both real and imagined. Dervla McTiernan’s novel, The Rúin (HarperCollins Australia), is set in Ireland. Detective Cormac Reilly is assigned to re-investigate a seemingly accidental overdose that happened twenty

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BOOKED OUT!!!The secret life of a crime scene cleaner

Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library Service present … Sarah Krasnostein speaks to Ruth Wykes about Sandra Pankhurst who for 20 years has cleaned houses in which people have died – sometimes violently, sometimes through drugs and, very often, alone. Krasnostein’s debut book, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay

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Domestic Noir: Why the family is a cauldron for crime

Murders, infidelity, custody disputes, abductions and incarcerations can bring domestic living to boiling point, making the home an unsafe place to be – especially for women and children. Together, host Vikki Petraitis and authors Anne Buist, Megan Norris and Emily Webb will compare and contrast the approaches taken by novelists and true crime authors to

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Method Writing with Anne Buist

Anne Buist is the author of the series featuring forensic psychiatrist, Natalie King. Here she ponders the oft-given advice, about writing what you know We all know actors do it—research who they are to play by living their lives, wearing their clothes, walking in their shoes. They lose or gain vast amounts of weight (Adrien Brody for

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Body in the Library winning Scarlet Stiletto Stories

For the past six years, the Body in the Library Award offered by the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been one of the most popular categories in Sisters in Crime’s annual Scarlet Stiletto short story competition. The winner takes home $1000 in prize money with $500 going to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number

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The quality of mercy: Portia interviews Ruth Wykes on the Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Portia, the annual journal and report of Victorian Women Lawyers, published an interview late last year with Ruth Wykes, winner of the 2016 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, for her story “Stone Cold”. The story also won the ScriptWorks Great Film Idea Award. Ruth is also co-author of two true crime collections: Women Who Kill, written with

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Open invitation to launch of Anne Buist’s new novel, This I would kill for

Text Publishing is delighted to announce that Anne Buist’s This I would kill for will be launched by Dr Ian Freckelton QC.  This is the latest instalment in the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series of gripping psychological thrillers from Professor Anne Buist. Anne, a Sisters in Crime member,  is also scheduled to speak at Sisters

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On the burn: Q&A with Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic spoke to Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Robyn Walton, about her second Caleb Zelic novel, And Fire Came Down (Echo, 2017). The first in the series, Resurrection Bay, won three Davitt Awards and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Emma, your first crime novel, Resurrection Bay, published in 2015, was a

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The alphabet ends with ‘Y’: Sisters in Crime mourns the death of Sue Grafton

Sisters in Crime Australia mourns pioneering US crime writer, Sue Grafton, who died on 29 December. Grafton is best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her ‘alphabet mystery’ novels, starting with A is for Alibi in 1982. Her books were translated into 26 languages and regularly topped best-seller lists. Her latest, out

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