News &  Events


July 2019: The Portrait of Molly Dean has been shortlisted for Best First Fiction in the Australian Crime Writers Association’s Ned Kelly Awards! See the full list here.

Where to find me:

It’s been exciting with the launch of the latest Alex Clayton art mystery, Painting in the Shadows, but there’s more!

October 6, join Bella Li, Emily Bitto and I for lunch at the Montsalvat Arts Festival. We’ll be discussing writing about art and building vision with words. Read the full program of events here and buy tickets here.

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, 6-8 September. Check out the website here. Plus you can book tickets here. On Friday 8, I’ll be part of the Fresh Blood panel, then on Saturday, it’s Writing in the #METOO era - has the way women write and are written changed?

Historical Novel Society of Australasia conference Parramatta NSW, October 26 and 27. Lots of wonderful speakers and workshops! I’ll be talking with Robert Gott and Tessa Lunney (with FelicityPulman deftly juggling us all!) about history and mystery. Find the program here.

You can hear me on Radio National’s The Bookshelf and on 3CR’s Published or Not.

Diving into some aspects of Painting in the Shadows with Barbie from Living Arts Canberra (scroll down when the linked page opens)!

Have you checked out Words and Nerds Podcast? Dani Vee chats to some amazing authors (and me)! Words and Nerds

Some things you've missed...

Return to Brunswick Bound! On August 13, join R.W.R. McDonald (author of The Nancys) and I to talk crime writing, characters and a lot of other stuff TBA (but guaranteed to be fun)!

Authors up Close in Heathcote. 2pm Sunday July 28, Palling Bros Brewery, Heathcote. Perfect excuse to spend winter afternoon in a craft brewery, talk books and sample the wares!

Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 5-14. Free events about everything book! I’ll be talking about Molly Dean on July 11 and on July 10, join Abbe Holmes, Carmel Shute, Chris Browne and I when we discuss forgotten Australian crime writer Charlotte Jay. Check out the full program here. And as a teaser, check out this video on YouTube

March 30, 12.30pm. Author talk at Rowville Library.

A lovely evening chatting about Painting in the Shadows at The Leaf Bookshop on April 5.

An evening at the Hawthorn Arts Centre (courtesy of Boroondara Libraries) talking with Gideon Haigh about Molly Dean.

First Chapters at Brunswick Bound Bookshop

Killer Reads at St Kilda Writers Week

An Evening of Crime at Tim's Bookshop

A cosy chat at The Leaf Bookshop

Official Launch at Readings, St Kilda.

Sisters in Crime -  Past Imperfect: Delving into the swirl of history, murder and intrigue




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Pssst! If you've scrolled down this far, I can share with you that Alex, John and Hogarth have another art mystery to solve. Coming soon...

April 2018: Winner of the Betka Prize (part of the E.J. Brady Short Story Competition) awarded by the Mallacoota Arts Council for a humerous short story.

August 2017: Named runner-up in this year's S.D. Harvey Short Story Award.