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Bookings open til 4pm Friday: ‘Body in the Library’ readings to launch the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

April 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$10 – $15
Shelves of Agatha Christie library books

Melbourne Athenaeum Library logoThis year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer more than $10,000 in prize money for the best crime or mystery short stories. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award by offering a $1000 prize to the winner and $500 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number of entries grow each year – clearly a prize worth killing for.


Headshot Angela Savage

Angela Savage, Director of Writers Victoria and winner of the 2011 Scarlet Stiletto trophy, will launch the 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards and host celebratory readings of winning stories.

The ‘Body in the Library’ Award honours Agatha Christie and her pioneering 1942 Miss Marple novel of the same name. In the Foreword, Christie describes ‘the body in the library’ as a cliché of detective fiction and her novel consciously (and ironically) reworks the genre. Winning stories continue this grand tradition. Melbourne Athenaeum Library Manager Sue Westwood will read Christie’s foreword and then authors Jane Clifton, Susanna Lobez and Leigh Redhead will read:

  • ‘Brought to Book’ (2012) by Kath Harper (Port Fairy, Vic.)
  • ‘Caught on Camera’ (2015) by Jenny Spence (Balmain, NSW)
  • ’Jane’ (2017) by Narrelle M Harris (Melbourne, Vic.)

Illustration of a scarlet stiletto shoe with dagger heelEntry includes a glass of wine with cheese at 5.30pm. Readings from 6–7.30pm.

$15 / $10 members of the Athenaeum Library, Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria

Seating is limited so bookings by Wednesday 25 April are essential

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Level 1
188 Collins Street

03 9650 3100

Scarlet Stiletto Awards information


Athenaeum Library
Level 1, 188 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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