Category Archives: Awards & Short lists

Katherine Brabon wins the 2016 Vogel Award

Earlier this week, Katherine (Kate) Brabon was announced as winner of the 2016 Vogel Literary Award for her unpublished novel, The Memory Artist. The way the award is organised meant that less than 24 hours later, Kate became a published … Continue reading

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Davitt Awards 2015

Reproduced with permission from the Sisters in Crime Australia Inc website. I’ll add that it was a genuine pleasure on the awards night to interview Sophie Hannah, and elicit her advice to aspiring writers, which boiled down to, ‘Say yes … Continue reading

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Scarlet Stiletto Awards shortlist 2014

I’m thrilled to share news that my short story, ‘The Elephant Thief’, has been shortlisted by Sisters in Crime Australia for the 2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards. It’s the third time I’ve entered a story in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards. First time around was 1998, … Continue reading

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Davitt Awards 2014 Winners

Sisters in Crime Australia last night presented the 14th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Although my shortlisted novel The Dying Beach didn’t win Best Adult Novel, I was delighted to see the prize go to one of my favourite Australian … Continue reading

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Davitt Awards 2014 shortlist

Sisters in Crime Australia yesterday announced its shortlist for its 14th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women, and I was thrilled to learn that The Dying Beach made this year’s shortlist for Best Adult Novel. It’s the first time a novel of … Continue reading

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Ned Kelly Awards 2014 shortlist

The Australian Crime Writers Association announced the shortlist for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards on Saturday evening at the Bendigo Writers Festival. I was absolutely thrilled to be on the spot when my latest novel The Dying Beach was included … Continue reading

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Turning women to crime

This article first appeared in artsHub, Thursday 14 Nov 2013. Photos are the author’s own. Twenty years ago the Scarlet Stilettos changed crime writing from a gritty macho genre to a sexy stage for women writers. Red shoes, according to the … Continue reading

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Ned Kelly Awards 2013

Geoffrey McGeachin has won the 2013 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction for Blackwattle Creek (Penguin), the sequel to The Diggers Rest Hotel, which won the same award in 2011. The award for Best First Fiction was won by Zane Lovitt … Continue reading

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The Red Shoe

Last night I had a wonderful dream that my short story ‘The Teardrop Tattoos’ won the Sisters in Crime 18th Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Then I woke up and found on my kitchen table a scarlet stiletto mounted on a perspex … Continue reading

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Accounting for taste

At the risk of never eating lunch in this town again or at least not making invitation lists for future Davitt Awards and Stella Prize, I’m going to weigh into the debate about gender bias in Australian crime writing awards recently … Continue reading

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