Sisters in Crime@Words by the Bay: Wild Women of Crime

Three crime writers – Jane Clifton, Kathryn Ledson and Maurilia Meehan – talk about how their sleuths are challenging and subverting conventions (and having lots of fun doing it) with Sisters in Crime convenor Jacqui Horwood.

Jane Clifton: The writer, actor and singer is back in print with her third crime novel, Flush (Clan Destine Press), about a body washed up in the Maribyrnong River. Decca Brand, the former psychologist of the number 1 suspect, gets embroiled in the whodunit along with DCI Archie Stock and his sidekick, “Davey” Crockett, from the Homicide Unit.

Clifton is halfway through her fourth crime novel, Flash. Meanwhile, she recently appeared in Boy out of the Country, a play written in verse on at fortyfive downstairs, and is booked out to April with marriage celebrations.

Kathryn Ledson: Hot on the heels of Rough Diamond, Ledson has just published Monkey Business (Penguin Books Australia), the second in her series of romantic, action-packed novels featuring the unforgettable Erica Jewell, Australia’s own Stephanie Plum. She has a bossy cat, an annoying mother and a secret job – which comes with a mysterious lover who's taken off on some unspecified dangerous mission.

In 2006, Ledson abandoned her corporate career and returned to study with relief and a great sense of home-coming. Info:

Maurilia Meehan: An award-winning novelist, Meehan turned to crime last year with Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery (Transit Lounge) which plays with the conventions of the mystery, and delightfully subverts one of its treasured finales. It pays homage to both Christie and Flaubert.

Meehan won the State of Victoria Short Story Award and her first novel was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Award. Her second novel,Fury, about Olympe de Gouges, an activist guillotined during the French Revolution, has been translated into German and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and the Miles Franklin Award. The Sea People (Penguin Books Australia), about the ill-fated first settlement in Sorrento (where one of Maurilia's ancestors arrived in a convict ship) was shortlisted for the Braille Talking Books Award. Her book Adultery (Penguin Books Australia) has the honour of being one of the most stolen books from libraries. Her first four novels all come out as e-books this year.

Jacqui Horwood has been a convenor with Sisters in Crime Australia since 2008. She won the 2003 Scarlet Stiletto Award for her crime short story, “Slasher’s Return”, published in Scarlet Stiletto: the First Cut. Her true crime story “Taskforce Zebra: Beating the Odds” was published in Outside the Law 3. Jacqui regularly hosts Sisters in Crime events and has a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Creative Writing).

Proudly part of Words by the Bay: Bayside Literary Series, presented by Bayside City Council.

Brighton Theatre, Bayside Arts and Culture Centre, Wilson Street, Brighton

$10 (members/concession)/$15 (non-members). Runs to 8pm.

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Karen