Programme 2013

We thought we might keep this page here so that everyone could see what great panels we had in 2013 and to give an idea of the sort of thing that attendees can expect when we finalise the programme for 2014.

Saturday

Time West End Room 1 West End Room 2 Hay St Room
9:00 – 10:00 What You Thought You Knew About the Law

Hadyn – What You Thought You Knew About the Law

‘You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law’. American law differs from Australian Law in subtle ways. We think we know the law, but is what we know based on the American law of tv or actual Australian law? Hadyn walks you through the minefield of differences to show you what you thought you knew and what you really know!

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The Invisibility of Elmore Leonard

The Invisibility of Elmore Leonard: Writing Workshop with Matthew Chrulew

When Elmore Leonard died in August this year, tributes flowed, and his ten rules for writing were cited all over the net. The influence of his gritty and humorous short stories and novels, many of which were made into films and television series (such as 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty and Justified), can be found throughout crime fiction and beyond. Alongside his enticing villains and outlaws, Leonard was famous for bringing a Hemingwayesque restraint to genre fiction: distracting description was minimised and tight dialogue carried the drama. His was the art of getting out of the way. His ten rules advised writers to avoid weather, prologues, said-bookisms, adverbs, exclamation points, dialect, description, and “hooptedoodle”—that is, “obvious writing” that readers might
notice or skip. Yet their repetition often ignores the qualifications and exceptions in his original article, his awareness of the singularity of his style. We will take a look at his writing and his rules, ask about their value and place, and attempt to write some Elmore Leonard dialogue of our own.

10:00 – 11:00 Creating clue trails – when does the trail become too obvious?

Creating clue trails – when does the trail become too obvious?

Is it really a case of ‘Elementary my dear Watson’ as Sherlock would have us believe? Is suspense based on creating a clever clue trail or a lot of misdirection? When does it seem too obvious? A panel for our writers to debate their thoughts on this topic.

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A Brief History of Crime Shows on the Small Screen

Damian – A Brief History of Crime Shows on the Small Screen

This presentation takes a look at some of the best known crime shows produced for the small screen, from Dragnet, Z Cars and Homicide (Aus) to Castle, Sherlock & Miss Fisher Mysteries.

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Marianne and Tony Twitter Chat

Marianne and Tony Twitter Chat

Marianne and Tony host a writer’s Twitter Chat session. Come join them as they host a writery conversation in 140 characters or less!

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11:00 – 12:00 Hot Art – The Art Loss Register and the Theft and Recovery of Stolen Art.

Kate – Hot Art – The Art Loss Register and the Theft and Recovery of Stolen Art.

Films like “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Entrapment” have worked to make art crime appear glamorous – the domain of gentleman collectors and attractive, catsuited burglars. The reality is somewhat different. From insurance fraud to fakes, thefts to smuggling, the Holocaust to Maastricht, art theft is the visible side of a dark underbelly.
Since opening its doors and database to the world in April 1991, the Art Loss Register (ALR) has become the world’s largest privately owned database of stolen and missing art, antiques and valuables. International operations are managed from a central office in London and the database is consulted by police forces, customs, the art world, the insurance industry and the public. Since its inception, the ALR has been instrumental in the recovery of over £160m ($265m) worth of stolen items.
Every picture (or clock, or brooch, or chair, or pedal car) tells a story and in the case of the ALR some have some real adventures to tell…

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The Pros and Cons of DNA AnalysisTitle

Hayden – The Pros and Cons of DNA Analysis

The discovery of DNA as a personal identifier has been a major breakthrough in how crimes are solved for forensic experts. What happens though when a person is wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit due to their DNA being at the scene or part of the investigation? What are the consequences? Should DNA continue to be used as such a major identifier? Hadyn presents a case which examines the pros and cons of DNA analysis.

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Marianne and Tony Twitter Chat

Marianne and Tony Twitter Chat

Marianne and Tony host a writer’s Twitter Chat session. Come join them as they host a writery conversation in 140 characters or less!

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12:00 – 13:30 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Understanding Guns and Dispelling Hollywood’s Myths

Michael – Understanding Guns and Dispelling Hollywood’s Myths

A highly acclaimed and sought-after weapons specialist, Mick has provided training for Australia’s elite military special forces and law enforcement units. In this panel, Mick talks about his familiarity with guns and what Hollywood would have us believe about weapons use.

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The women in Crime

Marianne, Heather, Damian – The women in Crime

This panel takes look at Women Crime Writers from the Dames of crime to the Sisters in Crime. (Panelists: Marianne, Heather, Damian)

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A pitch session with Twelfth Planet Press

A pitch session with Twelfth Planet Press/Alisa Krasnostein (Not a public event)

Take an opportunity to pitch your completed manuscript to editor and publisher Alisa Krasnostein in a one on one pitch appointment. You will be given 5 to 8 minutes to provide a brief synopsis of your story, how it fits in with Twelfth Planet Press’ publishing line and how it stands out from the slushpile.

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14:30 – 15:30 Editing Your Work

Satima and Marisa – Editing Your Work

Marisa and Satima talk about the importance of editing your masterpiece and how proper editing can make the difference between a piece that will sell or a piece that doesn’t even make it to the bottom of the slushpile.

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Book Presentation

Robert Schofield – Book Presentation, processes etc

Author of Heist, Robert talks about his book, the writing process he undertook, and how he pulled his ideas together to form his debut novel.

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Critique session

Critique session with Juliet Marillier, Lee Battersby and Alisa Krasnostein.

Join writers Juliet Marillier and Lee Battersby and editor Alisa Krasnostein for a critique session. Selected manuscripts from participants will be critiqued individually by the panellists to an open audience session.

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15:30 – 16:30 Cause of Death: The Azaria Chamberlain Case

Simon – The Azaria Chamberlain Case Study

The use of science to aid in the investigation of crimes is a relatively recent phenomenon, with widespread use of forensic science coming to the fore in the latter half of the last century. Its’ use has lead to less reliance on confessions, but may also foster the belief that objective scientific work will always produce the ‘right’ result which can lead to a too ready acceptance of scientific evidence. In addition a serious conflict of opinion between reputable experts can lead to trial by expert not trial by jury. Scientists should learn from errors and the development of forensic science has shown several examples where practice has changed to correct recognised errors in practice and interpretation. This presentation will examine the Chamberlain Case, which has
had a significant and profound effect on the practice of forensic science in Australia. A recent coronial inquest finally laid this long running mystery surrounding the death of Azaria Chamberlain to rest. Forensic science was a key part of the original flawed convictions of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain, and of the subsequent Royal Commission that helped clear their names.

Tony Cavanaugh Guest presentation

Tony Cavanaugh Guest presentation

Join Tony Cavanaugh as he discusses his work

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How to be a Professional Writer

Marianne – How to be a Professional Writer

In this seminar, author Marianne Delacourt/de Pierres discusses how to make the transition from hobbyist/emerging writer to professional. Some of the topics she will discuss are branding, when to give up the day job, work habits and networking. As a full time writer with twenty years of experience and (soon to be) seventeen published novels, Marianne will share her insights and help you avoid her mistakes.

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16:30 – 17:30 Sherlock Holmes Society Great Debate

Sherlock Holmes Society Great Debate

Poirot or Sherlock? Who was the greater detective? Join the Sherlock Holmes Society as they wage the great debate.

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Sunday

Time West End Room 1 West End Room 2
9:00 – 10:00 The Lindbergh Case Study

Hadyn – The Lindbergh Case Study

The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was one of the most highly publicized crimes of the 20th century. The 20-month-old toddler was abducted from his family home in East Amwell, New Jersey, near the town of Hopewell, New Jersey, on the evening of March 1, 1932. Over two months later, on May 12, 1932, his body was discovered a short distance from the Lindberghs’ home. A medical examination determined that the cause of death was a massive skull fracture. Hadyn examines the case from the 1930s and the interesting points that arise.
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10:00 – 11:00 Book Presentation/Self publishing

Michael – Book Presentation/Self publishing

Having spent a large amount of time in a labour of love, Mick decided to self publish and self promote his book. He talks about the processes he went through and proudly presents his debut novel “Shot Through the Heart”.

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Traces of Contact: A Beginner’s Guide to Forensic Trace Evidence

Simon – Traces of Contact: A Beginner’s Guide to Forensic Trace Evidence

The term trace evidence is used to describe the microscopic material that may be recovered in the course of a forensic investigation. Due to its small size it is highly likely to be transferred and is hence very useful in making links between people, places and objects. This talk will give a primer on the scientific background to forensic trace evidence analysis and interpretation, illustrated by selected cases. An overview of some recent research in this area at Curtin will also be presented.

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11:00 – 12:00 On Writing Script

Tony – On Writing Script

Having been involved in the film industry from a very early age, Tony knows his way around film and television. Tony has written, edited scripts and produced a large number of shows including ‘The Sullivans”, “The Flying Doctors”, “Medivac” and the award winning mini-series “Day of the Roses”. In this panel Tony talks about his experiences around the film industry.

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Michael Sims – What’s in a name?: Criminal Confiscation vs Proceeds of Crime

Michael Sims – What’s in a name?: Criminal Confiscation vs Proceeds of Crime

A beginner’s guide to Western Australia’s “innovative” and “draconian” approach to fighting organised crime, an overview of the provisions and purpose of the WA Criminal Property Confiscation Act and how it differs from the “traditional” approach of Proceeds of Crime legislation in other jurisdictions

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12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Depicting the neighbourhoods of crime

Stephen, Robert – Depicting the neighbourhoods of crime

Some neighbourhoods lend themselves to just being depicted in the next crime novel bestseller. What characteristics make a neighbourhood appear seedy? Why do some areas work better than others in depicting the underbelly of society? Robert discusses some of the country areas whilst Stephen talks about the characteristics of society that make them less than palatable.

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Provenancing Food and Drink

Professor John Watling – Provenancing Food and Drink

Where does our food and drink come from? How is it made up? After lunch, John takes us through the wonderous world of where our food comes from, to ensure we know, without any doubt, what exactly we are eating.

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14:30 – 15:30 Marianne Delacourt Guest presentation

Marianne Delacourt Guest presentation

Mariane Delacourt is the pseudonym of highly successful author Marianne de Pierres. In this panel she talks about all things that make her who she is and how she brings this to her writing.

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Blood Spatter Analysis and Patterns

Mark – Blood Spatter Analysis and Patterns

One of only 6 people worldwide to hold a Phd in Blood spatter Analysis, Mark talks about his workaround blood pattern analysis and how this helps determine cause, effect and weapon determination at crime scenes.

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15:30 – 16:30 A hypothetical situation

Todd, Simon, Hadyn, Marianne and Tony – A hypothetical situation

Come and see what our specialists would do if they were put into a hypothetical situation. A fun panel to wind down the day and prepare for the closing of crimeScene 2013

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16:30 – 17:30 Forum questions and answers

Forum questions and answers

Your last opportunity to ask all the questions you didn’t get a chance to ask or have just thought of, off our panellists before we wind up crimeScene 2013.