A quirky writers and music festival celebrating Australian female crime writers
7 – 9 October 2016
Bermagui and Cobargo NSW


Friday 7 October 2016

Bermagui Library, 3-5 Bunga St, Bermagui NSW

Opening Night

Meet your companions on the weekend’s criminal adventure and celebrate with an introduction to the Sisters in Crime by the National Co-convenor, Janice Simpson, and a Bloody Mary. Our very own Mystery with History will be told by Geoffrey Giuffre. Then at 6PM, we move into the hall for a showing by Griffyn Ensemble and Red Note Ensemble of the music making project they’ve been up to in the Bega Valley. Drinks and light refreshments provided.

Saturday 8 October 2016

Cobargo School of Arts Hall, 20 Cobargo Bermagui Rd, Cobargo NSW

Speed Dating

Our fabulous authors speak for five minutes each to tell us why women should turn to crime. Authors reflect on what reading and writing crime has to offer women in contemporary Australia, followed by Q&A.

Hardboiled or Cosy?

Candice Fox, Sulari Gentill and Ilsa Evans talk about how they handle murder, blood and gore, and much much more…

Mystery with History

Sulari Gentill and L. J. M Owen explore with Janice Simpson why the past is so perfect for exploring matters criminal… even when the cold cases are really cold, even 3,000 years old!

Soul Sisters in Crime

Local and interstate disc jocks playing all vinyl records; female soul, funk and R&B. Served alongside delicious local food from Guy’s Place. Entry is $10 on the door or $20 for families, with all profit made being donated to Women’s Resource Centre Bega.

Sunday 9 October 2016

Cobargo School of Arts Hall, 20 Cobargo Bermagui Rd, Cobargo NSW

Scene of the Crime

Dorothy Johnston and Caroline de Costa talk to Candice Fox about how place informs the mystery and is part of crime’s enduring appeal.

(Almost) Lethal Attraction

Kay Schubach talks how she was charmed then almost murdered by a narcissistic psychopath who is currently appealing his sentence – and how writing A Perfect Stranger: A True Story of Desire and Obsession, helped keep her sane. She is now a Domestic Violence NSW ambassador and an advocate for gender equity and DV, advising politicians and big corporations. If you need support, please call 1800 RESPECT.

Mysterious Melodies

Australia’s Griffyn Ensemble and Scotland’s Red Note Ensemble combine to solve mysteries through music as part of the Sisters In Crime Festival.  Featuring a line up of violins, cello, double bass, flute, soprano, and mandolin, there will be spine-tingling music as we hear a local story put to the sounds of water spirits, bush dances macabre, voices from the afterlife, and music by Erik Satie, Jeff Buckley, with some Griffyn originals thrown in as well!


The CWA is providing an affordable lunch option with morning and afternoon tea included for just $11. All proceeds going towards a new roof for the CWA hall.

  • Hot soup or salads, plus a bread roll for lunch
  • Selection of cakes, slices and little sandwiches for morning and afternoon tea

Other options in Cobargo are…

  • Chalk & Cheese – 8am to 3pm Saturday, 11am to 2pm Sunday
  • Sweet Home Cobargo – 8am to 3pm Saturday, 10am to 3pm Sunday
  • The Train Cafe – 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday
  • The Cobargo Bakery – 6am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday

Appearing at Sisters in Crime: Cobargo Crime convention are eight great authors and two fine music ensembles. Read more about them…