Rumour has it the SheKilda organising committee took a decade to recover from the experience, but the good news is SheKilda is happening again. To celebrate Sisters in Crime Australia’s 20th anniversary, SheKilda Again Women’s Crime Writers Convention will take place from 7-October 2011 at Rydges Hotel in Carlton.
(Sadly, the Sisters rejected my suggestion to call the convention SheCarkedIt in light of the change of location).
SheKilda 2011 will feature the talents of over 50 Australian women crime writers, three international authors Margie Orford (South Africa), Shamini Flint (Singapore) and Vanda Symon (New Zealand) as well as scholars, practitioners from the criminal justice system, screen producers, and publishers in more than 30 sessions over Sat 8 and Sun 9 October.
I’m thrilled to be appearing in such distinguished company and will be appearing on two panels:
Sat 8 October 2011, 3.45-5.00 pm, The Charlotte Jay Room
Conquering the World
PD Martin, Angela Savage, Malla Nunn, LA Larkin, with Lindy Cameron as participating chair
Sun 9 October 11am-12pm, The Ellen Davitt Room
Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Mixing motherhood and murder
Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Amanda Wrangles, Kylie Fox, with Tara Moss as participating chair.
I’ll be attending some fabulous sessions (see here, here and here for examples), not to mention the 2011 Davitt Awards ceremony on the night of Sat 8 October at The Celtic Club, with special guest presenter Shamini Flint. The Half-Child is among the books nominated for a 2011 Davitt Award for fiction.
I’ve been doing a bit of media to promote SheKilda, which included the photo shoot for the Melbourne Times Weekly featured above. I got to play in the oldest part of the State Library of Victoria with my sisters in crime PD Martin and Leigh Redhead, and props including guns, daggers, a wrench, rope and candlestick. (We didn’t use the lead piping – too close to the bone with the Carl Williams trial in progress). It was Cluedo meets Charlie’s Angels — the most fun I’ve ever had doing media of any kind. A terrific article, Once upon a crime, by Stephen A Russell accompanied the photos.
PD (Phillipa) Martin’s account of the morning is The photo shoot to kill for.
I’m in a less dramatic group photo with (above, L-R) Honey Brown, Lindy Cameron and Kerry Greenwood, taken for an article called ‘She Dunnit’ that appeared in the Herald-Sun on Sat 1 Oct 2011 to promote SheKilda. And Melbourne-based crime writer Carolyn Morwood, a guest of SheKilda, is interviewed here.