On 19 November I was in Melbourne for the 25th anniversary convention of Sisters in Crime, SheKilda, held, of course, at the St Kilda Town Hall.
Sisters in Crime was launched in 1991, inspired by the USA organisation of the same name, which was founded in 1986 by Sara Paretsky (author of the fabulous VI Warshawski series) and other women crime writers.
Its objectives include bringing together all with a passion for women’s crime writing, discussing books, film, tv etc in the crime genre and promote women’s crime writing. They run the Scarlet Stiletto short story competition and the Davitt Award for the best crime and mystery books by women each year.
I hadn’t been to a Sisters in Crime event for over 10 years, as they are held in Melbourne and I’m in Sydney. The last occasion I came third in the Scarlet Stiletto crime short story competition. This year I won the competition for best opening paragraph based on the “Body in the Town Hall” – a staged crime scene in the Town Hall foyer. Maybe I should go more often!
Organising an event like this takes a lot of work, and it is largely due to its volunteers that Sisters in Crime is still operating and stronger than ever, proving that women have a lot to say in this genre.