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Domestic Noir: Why the family is a cauldron for crime

Sisters in Crime

Event Date: 9 February 2018
Author / Presenters: Vikki Petraitis and authors Anne Buist, Megan Norris and Emily Webb

Murders, infidelity, custody disputes, abductions and incarcerations can bring domestic living to boiling point, making the home an unsafe place to be – especially for women and children. Together, host Vikki Petraitis and authors Anne Buist, Megan Norris and Emily Webb will compare and contrast the approaches taken by novelists and true crime authors to physical and psychological forms of domestic violence.

Anne Buist is a leading perinatal psychiatrist and author of the Natalie King mystery series. A forensic psychiatrist, Natalie works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime, including abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Anne’s third book, This I Would Kill For(February, Text Publishing) focuses on the murderous passions aroused in a custody dispute. Medea’s Curse, the first book in the series, was shortlisted for the Davitt Awards. https://annebuist.com/

Megan Norris’s 30-odd year background in crime reporting and police rounds has seen her covering some of the biggest crime stories in Australia. Her stories have appeared in National Inquirer, The Mail on Sunday and US Weekly and have been syndicated in various publications around the world. She has written six crime books including On Father’s Day and Love You to Death. Her most recent book, Look What You Made Me Do: Fathers Who Kill (Bonnier Publishing Australia) won the 2017 Davitt Award for Best Non-fiction Crime Book. Her books have received widespread media attention including on A Current Affair, Sunday Night, The Project and Foxtel’s Crimes that Shook Australia. She has also won an EVA Media Award (Eliminating Violence Against Women Awards). Megan is currently working on book number seven. http://www.newscoop.com.au/

Emily Webb is a Melbourne-based crime writer. Her three true crime books include Murder in Suburbia, Angels of Death and Suburban Nightmare. She is co-host of the weekly Podcast Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb that launched in 2017. https://australiantruecrimepodcast.com/; https://www.emilywebbcrime.com/

Vikki Petraitis has been writing since the early 1990s and her best-selling book, The Frankston Murders, is still widely read today. Her latest book, Once a Copper (March, Wild Dingo Press), tells the story of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy, once known as Australia’s toughest cop. Vikki appears on discussion panels and at comic debates, and is a regular judge for the national Ned Kelly Awards. She is currently working on her PhD in Creative Writing, and teaches short courses in memoir and creative writing at libraries. She is a former convenor of Sisters in Crime. http://www.vikkipetraitis.com/

Venue: The Rising Sun Hotel (upstairs – no lift) cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne
Melways map 57 H2; free on-street parking after 6 pm; trams 1, 12 or 55 or St Kilda Road trams

Tickets: $15/$10 Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria members/concession
Tickets not sold prior to the event will be available at the door for $17/$12
Dinner upstairs from 6.30 pm (bookings not necessary); men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome
Bookings: https://domesticnoir.eventbrite.com

Please note that ticket purchases to this event will incur an Eventbrite processing fee at checkout

Sun Bookshop stall: members receive a 10% discount

Additional information: Carmel Shute 0412 569 356; [email protected]

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