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The Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature recognises excellence in literary research. As The Nib opens for entries, we invite top writers to step out from the shadows and share insights into the true crime genre. When the lives of real people might be impacted, striking the balance between morality, money, entertainment and the truth becomes critical. How do you fairly portray the motives of a murderer? Caroline Overington, Charles Waterstreet, Virgina Peters and Paul B. Kidd speak to Suzanne Leal about what our thirst for true crime reveals about us all.
Virginia Peters (Australian)
Virginia Peters’ short stories have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. Have You Seen Simone?, the story of an unsolved murder, is her first book and a work of non-fiction. She recently submitted her PhD thesis in life writing to Goldsmiths, University of London. Virginia currently lives in Sydney with her partner and three children.
Caroline Overington is a bestselling Australian author and award-winning journalist. Currently the associate editor of iconic Australian Women's Weekly, Caroline has previously worked for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian. She has written two non-fiction books and five novels. She has profiled powerful women including Hillary Clinton, Julia Gillard and Gina Rinehart. Her books have earned critical and commercial success, her latest book, Last Woman Hanged, was a Top 10 bestseller.
Paul B. Kidd is a true crime historian and leading authority on Australian serial killers and 'never to be released' crimes. He is Australia's expert on the darker side of human frailty and the author of many books including 50 Australian Crimes of the 20th Century, Australia's Serial Killers, Never To Be Released, Till Death Do Us Part, The Australian Crime File and Cinema Serial Killers. He is also a magazine editor, television editor and photo/journalist. Paul is a popular radio presenter on Radio 2UE.
Charles Waterstreet (Australian)
Charles Waterstreet is a barrister, author and filmmaker. He has written two memoirs, Precious Bodily Fluids: A Larrikin's Memoir and Repeating the Leaving, along with a number of legal publications. He is a regular columnist for the Sun Herald. He is also a theatre and film producer and, together with Richard Roxburgh and Peter Duncan, is a co-creator of the TV series Rake which is loosely based on his life.
Suzanne Leal (Australian)
Suzanne Leal worked as a criminal lawyer before being appointed to several tribunals including the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal where she decides cases involving child protection, guardianship and licensing. A regular facilitator and moderator at literary events and festivals, she is a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former legal commentator on ABC radio 702. Her novel, Border Street, recounts the wartime experiences of a young Czech-Jewish man. Her new novel will be published by Allen & Unwin early next year.