Crime tales: Boroondara Soiree for June

This from the Boroondara City website; their literary soirees are generally well worth a look.

This month features two queens of Crime writing Vikki Petraitis and Lindy Cameron. Come along and hear gripping and compelling tales of both fact and fiction.

Vikki Petraitis has been writing true crime since the early 1990s. Her first book, The Phillip Island Murder, has been made into an episode of Sensing Murder with TV audiences of several million Australia-wide. Vikki’s third book, The Frankston Murders, about serial killer Paul Denyer, is a best-seller and has become a classic in the Australian true-crime genre. In 2007 Vikki won the Scarlet Stiletto Award – Best New Talent Prize and the John Hill Award: Australian Police Journal. Vikki’s latest book is Crime Scene Investigations – more stories from the Australian police files and she is always working on her next book.

Lindy Cameron writes both crime fact and fiction. She is the author of Redback, the first in a new espionage thriller series featuring Commander Bryn Gideon and a crack team of Australian retrieval agents. She has also published four crime novels: Golden Relic; and the Kit O’Malley PI series Blood Guilt, Bleeding Hearts and Thicker than Water. Lindy is co-author, with her sister Fin J. Ross, of the true crime book, Killer in the Family; and contributing Editor of the true crime anthologies Meaner than Fiction, and the forthcoming Outside the Law2. A national co-convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia, Lindy is also editor of the mystery fiction anthology Scarlet Stiletto the first cut.

MC, Matt Hetherington is a writer and musician based in Preston. His first collection of poetry, Surface, was published through PRECIOUS PRESS and the latest is I Think We Have (Small Change Press, Brisbane, 2007). He has translated poetry from French, Persian (with Ali Alizadeh), Spanish, and Turkish (with Hidayet Ceylan). Matt was off-line editor of “Straight from the Tank”, a film featuring over 60 poetry performances in Melbourne, culled from footage for the ‘Red Lobster’ TV show. He is also on the board of the Australian Haiku Society and a founding member of rookuTroupe, part of the team responsible for the Moving Galleries Project. Some current poetic inspirations: Antonio Porchia, Jellaladin Rumi, Paul Eluard, Emily Dickinson, Henri Michaux and Thierry Henry. Further details at:

The Boroondara Soiree also provides a platform for emerging and established writers to share their work in an encouraging and supportive ‘open mic’ session. Arrive at 7pm to register. For further information or to join our mailing list, contact Leisure and Cultural Services on 9278 4770.

Friday 13 June

Each session starts at 7.30pm with registrations for the Open Section commencing at 7pm.

Cost: Full $7.50, Concession $5.50, refreshments included.

Hawthorn Town Hall

First Floor, Mayors Room

358 Burwood Road



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