Sunday, June 29, 2008

Murderous Melbourne, continued.

Thanks to recent Clues contributor Lucy Sussex, I heard from Dr. Derham Groves, the curator of the Murderous Melbourne exhibition at the University of Melbourne's Baillieu Library that runs through September 7th. Information on the exhibition cites the rich history of Australian crime writing: from Mary Fortune and Fergus Hume to Arthur Upfield, Edgar winner Charlotte Jay, Peter Corris, Kerry Greenwood, and Gold Dagger and Ned Kelly recipient Peter Temple. According to details supplied by Dr. Groves,
Murderous Melbourne features items from the University of Melbourne's extensive collection of Australian crime fiction. [... Also t]he architecture students have designed a Centre for Australian Crime Fiction, to be located on the car park adjacent to the north court of the Union building. [...The] landscape architecture students have designed stage props for S. H. Courtier's crime novels See Who's Dying (1967) and Murder's Burning (1967), both set in the Australian outback.

Dr. Groves is to be congratulated for this intriguing blend of literature and design, mobilizing students as well as library personnel and resources to present this exhibition.

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