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17th Davitt Awards and gala dinner

August 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication

Frock up and come to see the multi-talented Hilary Bonney present Sisters in Crime’s 17th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Prior to the presentations, she will discuss her own life in crime with Professor Sue Turnbull, Sisters in Crime’s ambassador.

This year, 99 books written by Australian women and published in 2016 are competing for the Davitts. The six categories are: Best Adult Crime Novel, Best Young Adult Crime Novel, Best Children’s Crime Novel,
Best Non-fiction Book, Best Debut Book (any category) and Readers’ Choice (as voted by the members of Sisters in Crime).

Hilary Bonney is a Melbourne-based barrister and crime writer who has worked as a prosecuting solicitor for the Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria. She also taught at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, other Australian
universities and overseas.

Hilary has written short plays and two true-crime books: The Society Murders, which was made into a television movie, and The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller, which was the basis for the forthcoming show, Murder Calls.

Hilary was Story Consultant and Associate Producer of Crownies, an associate producer of the Janet King series, and the legal and story consultant on Newton’s Law, all screened on the ABC. https://www.vicbar.com.au/profile/6902


Compere Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong. Her most recent book is The TV Crime Drama (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). Sue is a frequent media commentator on television and radio
who also writes on crime fiction for Fairfax Media.

A  long-time convenor of Sisters in Crime, she is now its ambassador.



Tickets: $65 (no concession) event and dinner. Drinks available at bar prices. ‘Brothers in Law’ welcome.

Bookings through Eventbrite close Tuesday 22 August. All seats are limited so book early — individually or in tables of up to 10.

Sun Bookshop stall: members receive a 10% discount

Additional information: Michaela Lobb, 0409 431 397; michaelalobb@hotmail.com 



Thornbury Theatre, Velvet Room
859 High Street
Thornbury, Victoria 3071 Australia
(03) 9484 9831
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