Crime On The Couch – Sisters in Crime


Crime on the Couch – St Kilda Writers’ Festival

Sunday 29 May 2022 – Heroes Lounge, St Kilda Army and Navy Club

88 Acland Street, St Kilda

Warm up for the DicksVs Dames Debate at 5pm with relaxed one-on-one author talks with Crime on the Couch. Great fun and you get to ask questions.



1.15pm-1.45pm: Narrelle M Harris in on the Crime Couch with Carmel Shute


Narrelle M Harris’s 40+ works include vampire novels, erotic spy adventures, crime fiction, het and queer romance, fantasies set in Victorian-era Melbourne, and Holmes/Watson mysteries. Some of her works have been nominated for awards. She also edits anthologies including The Only One in the World: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology (2021) and Clamour and Mischief (due 2022)

Carmel Shute was co-founder of Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a national co-convenor ever since. In 2016 she was awarded a Ned Kelly Life Time Achievement Award.


2.00pm-2.30pm: RWR McDonald is on the Crime Couch with Karina Kilmore


R.W.R. (Rob) McDonald is an award-winning author, a kiwi living in Melbourne with his two daughters and one HarryCat. His debut novel, The Nancys, won Best First Novel in 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards, as well as being a finalist in the Best Novel category. It was shortlisted for Best First Novel in 2020 Ned Kelly Awards. His second novel, Nancy Business, was published by Allen & Unwin in June 2021.

Karina Kilmore spent more than 30 years writing and analysing financial crimes as a business journalist and was also book editor at the Herald Sun. Her debut novel, Where the Truth Lies, was a finalist of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (unpublished manuscript), the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards (Best Debut Crime Fiction), two Davitt Awards, and the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards (Best First Novel). She is the new chair of the Australian Crime Writers’ Association.


2.45pm-3.15pm: Robert Gott is on the Crime Couch with Dr Angela Savage


Dr Robert Gott is the author of 97 books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has written eight crime novels, set in Australia in the 1940s, two of which have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. He is also the creator of the long-running newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. His latest novel is The Orchard Murders. His new novel Naked Ambition will be published early in 2023.

Angela Savage is an award-winning writer and CEO of Public Libraries Victoria. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing, giving her the Bond villain-like name of Doctor Savage. Her latest novel is Mother of Pearl.


3.30pm-3.45pm: Vikki Petraitis is on the Crime Couch with Angela Savage

Vikki and Angela


Vikki Petraitis is an award-winning author, best known for her true crime books including The Phillip Island and The Frankston Murders. Vikki’s two podcast series with Casefile Presents have been downloaded over three million times. Vikki’s PhD novel, The Unbelieved, won the inaugural Allen & Unwin Crime Prize and will be out on 2 August.


4.15pm-4.45pm: Hugh McGinlay is on the Crime Couch with Carmel Shute


Hugh McGinlay writes mystery novels about a milliner, despite being one of the least fashionable people yet born. It’s working ok though, both he and the milliner (that’s Catherine Kint to you) seem to be enjoying themselves.


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