We’ve had some feedback that people aren’t able to access the programme easily so we’re hoping this will link through to it properly.


Let us know if you have any more problems!

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Forensic Public Lectures – “If You Poison Us, Do We Not Die?”

On August 19, Curtin University presented a fascinating lecture by one of our scientific guests, Prof Simon Lewis, and his father, Lt Col (Rtd) Roger Lewis OBE, on the subject of poisons.

The following link leads to a website where you can view a recording of the presentation –

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Bestselling Australian novelist Tony Cavanaugh reveals the differences between writing for the screen and writing a novel, exclusively for The Booktopia Blog


A great article on Booktopia from one of our guests – Tony Cavanaugh.

Originally posted on Booktopia - A Book Bloggers' Paradise - The No. 1 Book Blog for Australia:

We’re excited to present a wonderful piece by bestselling author Tony Cavanaugh about the the differences between writing for the screen and  writing a novel.

Before he wrote the bestselling Promise and his highly anticipated follow-up Dead Girl Sing, Tony was a writer and producer in film and television, writing numerous dramas since the 1980s. He has over thirty years experience in the industry, in all fields, from the genesis of an idea to production. He has written and edited award winning shows, The Sullivans, Once Were Warriors, Fire, Medivac, The Day of Roses and Through My Eyes.

He was also invited to judge the Logie Awards, Australian Film Institute Awards and the International Emmy Awards, held in New York.

Funny, colourful, and cheeky, Tony’s initial experience with a Television Executive from the Nickolodeon channel and his ribald request is beautifully captured by a…

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Local WA authors Felicity Young and Sarah Evans join crimeScene’s line up this year

We are pleased to be able to welcome Felicity Young and Sarah Evans back to crimeScene this year.

Felicity has written a number of crime novels, including her Dody McCleland novels which are a periodic crime series.

Sarah’s debut crime novel, Operation Paradise, was released this year as a print and e-book. The rom-com crime story is a fast-paced romp through the leafy western suburbs of Perth and is the first in the series featuring sassy cop DI Eve Rock. Sarah also has had three e-book short story collections released by her publisher Clan Destine Press: Killing Kindness (crime), Call of the Wild (fantasy) and New Blood (horror).

crimeScene takes great delight in being able to showcase the amazing talent we have within WA and welcomes the inclusion of Felicity and Sarah to our programme.

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What we hope will be the final programme is now up!

We’ve made a few changes to the programme and have now put up what we hope will be the final programme. We’re excited by the programme we are bringing you and hope that you will find something that will tantalise your fancies and appeal to you as well.

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Sundowner Tickets now available

crimeScene are pleased to announce that tickets to the ANZFSS sponsored Sundowner are now available via the website. This will be an intimate opportunity to spend some time with our guests in a casual, informal setting.

Ask the scientists the questions you have been dying to ask. Chat to our authors and get a better understanding of what makes them work!

The cost of the Sundownner will include nibbles and a complimentary first drink. All other drinks will need to be purchased.

Please remember that the Sundowner and Tony’s Script Writing Workshop are ticketed separately to the rest of the convention and that relevant tickets will be required for each.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Science Week presentation

Tickets are still available to Simon and his father Roger’s, presentation on next week at Curtin University.

Details as follows:

In celebration of Science Week, Professor Simon Lewis will once again be presenting a joint presentation with his father Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis.

The presentation will be a joint ANZFSS WA, RACI WA and Curtin University presentation with the topic to be:
If you poison us do we not die?*: The case of Dr Crippen

The use of poisons to carry out murder has a long and sordid history. One of the most celebrated cases involving poison was that of Dr Crippen, who was convicted of the murder of his wife Cora by administering scopolamine, a plant alkaloid derived from plants of the nightshade family. He was hanged at Pentonville Prison in November 1910, however in 2007 claims were made that the human remains under the floorboards in Crippen’s house were not those of Cora – thus raising questions over Crippen’s guilt. Join Simon Lewis, a national award-winning lecturer and forensic researcher and his father Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis as they give an account of this case which remains disputed to this day. The father and son duo will explore the science of poisons and their detection as well as discussing the recent questions over Crippen’s guilt which are based upon controversial DNA evidence.

*Shylock’s speech, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 1

The speakers: Professor Simon Lewis leads the Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Research Group in the Department of Chemistry at Curtin University. His research interests are focused on chemical techniques applied to forensic analysis, in particular fingerprint chemistry and trace evidence.

Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis worked for the British Army Legal Service, retiring in 1999, with a large part of his career concerned with the prosecution of criminal cases. Lieutenant Colonel Lewis now lectures in expert evidence for a number of forensic science programs in Australia and internationally.

This lecture is presented by Curtin University and Western Australian branches of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Date: Tuesday 19 August 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm, with refreshments from 6pm
Venue: Resources & Chemistry Precinct, Building 500, Curtin University, Bentley, Enter via Manning Road entrance and follow signs

Entry to the event is free. Please go to: to reserve your ticket and place.

Come along and listen to a very rewarding and educational presentation by two amazing speakers!

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