I had the great pleasure this morning of appearing on The Book Show on Radio National with my sister in crime Kerry Greenwood to talk about women’s crime writing and plug SheKilda.
Kerry and I had the studio to ourselves as Dominic Knight, our interviewer, was in Sydney. Kerry sat in what is normally the host’s seat — last time I was in that same studio for The Crime Couch, Derek Guille was sitting there — and I took the seat opposite. This meant we had eye contact, making the interview more like a conversation — good for settling the nerves. As it is, Kerry is such a great talent and raconteur, I knew we wouldn’t be short of things to say.
Our conversation ranged from our experience of Sisters in Crime Australia — Kerry’s as a co-founder 20 years ago, mine as a third-prize winner in the 1998 Scarlet Stiletto Awards — to women’s only literary prizes, maintaining a work-life balance and the value of the crime writing sisterhood. We also spoke about some terrific sessions and guests audiences can expect to see at SheKilda Women’s Crime Writing Convention this weekend.
You can hear the interview online or download the podcast here.
*Update* News of Di Gribble’s death came just as I was writing this post. Kerry spoke about Di on air this morning as co-owner with Hilary McPhee of McPhee Gribble, the publishing company that gave Kerry her first contract to write the first two Phryne Fisher books.
In a tribute on Crikey, where she was a publisher, Di is described as “a creator. She inspired and indefatigably supported the people around her — family, friends, colleagues, authors, artists. She nurtured young talent and motivated old talent. She loved books, ideas, the idea of ideas…”
Di Gribble was also a founder of Text Publishing, which publishes my novels.
Vale Diana Gribble. We will be sure to raise a toast to your memory in gratitude for the work you supported at SheKilda this weekend.