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24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – presented by Sigrid Thornton, icon of Australian screen and stage

November 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Sigrid Thorntonand Scarlet Stiletto shoe illustration

Reminder: Bookings close Wednesday 15 November. 

Click to book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-scarlet-stiletto-cocktail-party-awards-tickets-39036000729

Join us for champagne and canapés as we celebrate Australia’s crime-writing talent at Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards. This year, 186 entries vied for glory, but only 26 stories were shortlisted for the 13 awards (Scarlet-Stiletto-entry-form-2017). Catch up with your favourite authors including Anne Buist, Hazel Edwards, Sandi Wallce and Narrelle M  Harris.

Before presenting the awards (and the coveted Scarlet Stiletto trophy), Sigrid Thornton will discuss her ‘life in crime’ (and much more) with crime author and performer Jane Clifton.

Sigrid Thornton’s criminal acting career stretches back to Homicide and Division 4 (1975), Prisoner (1979–80), Whipping Boy (1996), SeaChange (1998–2000), Underbelly: The Golden Mile (2010) and The Code (2016). She is currently one of the main cast in Wentworth (2016–), playing Sonia Stevens. She has a Mo Award, some Logies and an AFTA Award.

Sigrid was a founding Board Director of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, served several terms as a Director of the Australian Film Institute and Film Victoria, was patron of Women in Film and Television, and currently serves as a Board Director of Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. In 2007, she launched Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut, a collection of winning stories from 1994–2006.

Jane Clifton – author, actress, singer and registered civil celebrant – is still most famous for her role as bank robber Margo Gaffney in Prisoner (1980–84), the show on which Wentworth is based. Ironically, Prisoner was one of the last shows that did not pay its cast for repeats.

In the late 1970s, Jane was a member of New Wave band Stiletto. As well as singing and performing in stage shows such as Menopause: The Musical, Jane has also written a memoir and three crime novels. Between performing, she works as a civil celebrant and is also a driver for the all-female ride-sharing service, Shebah. Jane is often asked if there is anything she can’t do, to which she simply replies, ‘Ballet and make money.’ She has finished her fifth novel, which is not crime, but she promises she will be returning to a life of crime with Flash, a sequel to Flush.

Tickets: $40 (champagne and canapés)
Note: vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs catered for.
Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome.

Bookings are essential and close Wednesday 15 November: Eventbrite booking
Doors open at 5.45 pm.

Venue: Swinburne University of Technology – Skylounge
Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre
corner Burwood Road and John Street, Hawthorn
(accessible by escalator, lift and stairs)
Campus map

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

Prizes kindly donated by Bonnier Publishing Australia (1st prize), Simon & Schuster, Sun Bookshop , Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Every Cloud  Productions, HarperCollins Publishers, Clan Destine Press, ScriptWorks, Ann Byrne, Kerry Greenwood and the Queensland Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

This event has been generously sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology
Sisters in Crime also acknowledges the support of the Australian Cultural Fund







Carmel Shute
0412 569 356