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26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

November 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Geraldine Hakewill, star of Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries and Wanted, will present the awards in collaboration with crime author and performer Jane Clifton after an in-conversation about her – if not their – life in crime.

This year, 185 short stories written by Australian women competed for $10,060 in prize money. The first-prize winner will also take home a spectacular scarlet stiletto trophy.

Geraldine Hakewill grew up reading Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher mysteries, paving the way to a guest role in Rescue Special Ops; and co-starring with Rebecca Gibney in three series of Wanted, for which she earned a 2017 Logie nomination for the Graham Kennedy Award for the Most Outstanding Newcomer. Then she landed the sassy title role in Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries. Geraldine describes her character as ‘the love child of Miss Marple and James Bond’. This sequel to the original Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (set in the 1920s), jumps forward to 1964: Peregrine Fisher bursts into the Adventuresses’ Club in Melbourne where members are mourning her Aunt Phryne’s presumed death in a plane crash in New Guinea.

Jane Clifton, author, actress, singer and registered marriage celebrant, is still most famous for her 1980s’ role as bank robber Margo Gaffney in Prisoner, the show upon which Wentworth is based. In the late 1970s, Jane was a member of New Wave band Stiletto, and she has sung and acted in stage shows including Menopause: The musical and Rock Venus: The songs of Linda Ronstadt. Her three crime novels are Half Past Dead; A Hand in the Bush; and Flush (Clan Destine Press, 2002, 2005 and 2013 respectively).

Sisters in Crime and Brothers in Law are invited to come in ’sixties outfits and participate in the Phrock Up for Peregrine Competition, to be judged by the series costume designer Maria Pattison. Prizes to be announced.

Saturday 23 November at 6.00 for 6.30 pm

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

$60 (no concession) for event and three-course dinner
Drinks available at bar prices
Brothers in Law welcome

Bookings (essential)
Please book (individually or for groups of any size) by Wednesday 20 November through Eventbrite

Sun Bookshop stall
Sisters in Crime members receive a 10% discount

Additional information
Tara Mitchell
0403 632 492

Swinburne University of Technology logo - media and communications departmentMajor sponsor and 1st Prize
Swinburne University of Technology



2nd Prize
Simon & Schuster


Sun Bookshop logo3rd Prize:
The Sun Bookshop and Wild Dingo Press





Other prizes kindly sponsored by: Melbourne Athenaeum Library; International Association of Forensic Linguistics; Every Cloud Productions; Writers Victoria; Elephant Tree Publishing; HQ Fiction; Clan Destine Press; Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival; Scriptworks; Kerry Greenwood; and the Brisbane Chapter of Sisters in Crime



Carmel Shute
0412 569 356


The Rising Sun Hotel
cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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