Two-time winner Garry Disher is among a strong list of writers vying for the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in Australia. The fiction shortlist, announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) on Saturday (August 9) at the Bendigo Writers Festival, features other previously shortlisted nominees, including Adrian McKinty, Angela Savage and Kathryn Fox....
On Thursday 7th August at 4.30pm BST Intellect academic publishers will be holding a Tweet chat on the topic of Crime in Film/Media/Popular Culture. Our members may wish to be involved in this discussion due to their interest in crime writing. The topic is flexible to being taken in the appropriate direction to examine different individual's interests in crime and the way it is represented.
A record $8800 is on offer this year for the 21st Sisters in Crime Australia’s short story competition, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards – up $1800 from last year. The awards are the most lucrative in Australia crime writing. Stories must have a crime or mystery theme, a female protagonist and a female author.
In Issue Three of White Paper, Radio National celebrates one of Australia’s premier literary events, the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Each article in this issue features a writer visiting this year’s festival, from local legends to international stars.
Geoffrey McGeachin's Charlie Berlin novels, The Diggers Rest Hotel and Blackwattle Creek, have just been re-issued by Penguin Australia with evocative new covers featuring shiny gold medallions indicating that each of the titles has won a Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The third Berlin story, St Kilda Blues, will be published by Penguin in June.
Back in 1986, the wildfire success of Frank Miller’s stunning comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns led publishers to take a serious look again at comics and graphic novels as a format for delivering gritty crime stories.
There is perhaps no other idea so entrancing to the writerly-mind than setting out to write during a cross-country trip. And there’s no smoother way to write about the amber waves of grain rolling endlessly past than on a train, says anyone who has written on both a train and in a car. So it’s not surprising that Amtrak’s plan to give free, roundtrip rides to writers (riders and writers!) is turning out to be a popular idea.
Is blurbing (authors praising the work of other authors in exuberant one-liners for the covers of their books) a transparent back-scratching exercise, a necessary evil, or a literary art-form? And can praise solicited for promotional purposes be trusted? Thuy On, books editor of the Big Issue, takes a look.