In a darkened bar, up a wide old stone staircase, deep in Trades Hall Melbourne on Saturday night we gathered for the 20th Anniversary of the Ned Kelly Awards.
These awards were special for a few reasons - they were back in Melbourne, it was the 20th Anniversary of the Neddies (as they are affectionately known) and ACWA had a few surprises up its various sleeves. And I don't just mean the winners of the awards.
Winner - Best First Fiction
Zane Lovitt - The Midnight Promise
Winner - True Crime
Robin de Crespigny - The People Smuggler
Winner - Best Fiction
Geoffrey McGeachin - Blackwattle Creek