Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 11, 2011

SheKilda 2011 – Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention

As readers of this blog know, I’m not interested in crime fiction but for those who are, this information about the forthcoming SheKilda 2011 Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention here in Melbourne, may be of interest.

From the press release:

Sisters in Crime Australia celebrates its 20th anniversary with a giant criminal conspiracy – the SheKilda 2011 Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention –  from 7–9 October 2011 at Rydges on Swanston (701 Swanston Street), Carlton.

Five hundred hard-core crime readers, viewers, writers, screen producers and forensic specialists are expected to plot together at SheKilda 2011.

Sisters in Crime National co-convenor, crime writer and founding member, Lindy Cameron, says SheKilda 2011 will examine how the crime genre is being extended and/or subverted. “Women’s crime aficionados will kill for a good read,” she says. “Together, we’ll be applying the magnifying glass to all varieties of the genre from the more traditional hardboiled novels, police procedurals, PI stories and cosies to psychological
thrillers, comic capers together and more recent cross-overs such as speculative, romance and urban fantasy books. “TV programs with crime themes will also be dissected.”

Men – or ‘brothers in law’ – are warmly invited to join the conspiracy and numbers are already members of Sisters in Crime.

Over the weekend, 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.

Download the SheKilda program and visit for more information and bookings.


  1. Thanks Lisa, I am currently reading Val McDermid’s novel A Trick of the Dark. Wonderful stuff.


  2. Love the pun!


  3. Sounds great, thanks for bringing it to our attention. I never used to be into crime fiction, and I am definitely not into the popular modern day stuff – but I think that there are a lot of underestimated literary crime fiction authors out there, people like Peter Temple and Raymond Chandler. Crime fiction can be great if you can find the right author.


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