You often hear writers referred to as the King or the Queen, or Godfather of a particular genre or style. Sometimes such kudos is overblown, or misplaced. I remember when my first novel came out, I met British crime writer, who shall remain nameless. Rather nervously, I approached and said,
Irish-Australian writer Adrian McKinty has won his second Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction with his intriguingly titled novel, Police at The Station and They Don't Look Friendly.
Number six of his celebrated Sean Duffy series, the story is set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and impressed the competition judges for being 'lyrical and tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and heart-stoppingly suspenseful.'
Judging has now been completed, the results have been tallied, and Michael Robotham will be announcing the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards shortlists at the Mudgee Readers' Festival during the Trivia Most Foul event on the 12th August between 6.00pm and 8.30pm. The list will go live on the website at or around 8.30pm.
The inaugural BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival explores what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. Writers, detectives, film-makers, ex-judges and others will consider this and also Sydney’s unique relationship with crime.