BAD19: Sydney Crime Writers Festival

Val McDermid. Michael Robotham. Candice Fox. Kate McClymont. Gary Jubelin. Laurie Oakes.

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2019

State Library of NSW

Now in our third year, our program extends over three days. Val McDermid, our international guest, will speak alongside Australia’s top crime fiction and true crime writers and experts.

With new partners, the Australian Crime Writers Association, the Awards night on Friday 6 September now includes the Ned Kelly awards, and The Danger Prize and Danger Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets For The Festival Are Now On Sale

To book visit bad2019.iwannaticket.com.au

Tickets range from $22 (concessions) – $25 (full price).*

The opening night of BAD19 includes the 2019 Ned Kelly awards and Danger Prize awards night. Tickets include gin, beer, wine and finger food. All tickets cost $30. Tables of 8-10 can be reserved. See below for more details and to book.

The first 100 people to buy tickets for more than five sessions receive a BAD tote bag, a voucher for three months free subscription from our friends at Audible and a coffee voucher for the State Library cafe. Ask for your bag at the BAD19 reception desk near the Metcalfe Auditorium, on arrival.

* This includes booking fees and GST

Program

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1BLOOD AND BLOWFLIES: FORENSICS 101
What exactly is forensic science and how does it help solve crimes? Journalist Ava Benny-Morisson talks to Xanthe Mallett.
Xanthé Mallett, Ava Benny Morrison10.00AM -10.55AMMetcalfe Auditorium
2COUNTRY NOIR
Why does rural Australia make such a perfect setting for crime? Emily Maguire, Richard Anderson and Aoife Clifford who have set novels in country towns talk to Catherine du Peloux Menagé.
Catherine du Peloux Menagé, Emily Maguire, Aoife Clifford, Richard Anderson10AM - 10.55AMMacquarie Room
3DEALING WITH SEX ABUSE CASES: HAS JUSTICE IMPROVED?
Does the court system treat complainants of sexual abuse in the right way? Lawyers and writers Bri Lee, Suzie Miller and Hilary Bonney talk to Nicole Abadee about what needs to change.
Suzie Miller, Bri Lee, Hilary Bonney, Nicole Abadee11.15AM - 12.10AMMetcalfe Auditorium
4FRESH BLOOD: NEW WRITING
An art historian, a medical researcher and a journalist with established careers turn to crime writing. They talk to Sue Turnbull about why, how and what their other lives contribute to their books.
Sue Turnbull, Katherine Kovacic, Susan Hurley, Tim Ayliffe11.15AM - 12.10PMMacquarie Room
5FOR and AGAINST: JUDGING the TRUE CRIME PODCAST
Since Serial broke the internet in 2014, true crime podcasts have boomed internationally. What makes them so compelling? Do they advance or impede the pursuit of justice? And what are the ethics of turning real life trauma into storytelling entertainment? This panel features award-winning producers of acclaimed Australian true crime podcasts, including Richard Baker, host of Wrong Skin and Phoebe's Fall.
Siobhan McHugh, Richard Baker12.30PM - 1.25PMMetcalfe Auditorium
6MISSING
Why do missing children recur so often in Australian writing, whether true crime or fiction?Three novelists with a missing child at the heart of their books talk to Suzanne Leal.
Christian White, Caroline Overington, Felicity McLean, Suzanne Leal12.30PM - 1.25PMMacquarie Room
7INTERNET SCAMMING: AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
We hear of internet scams and think it could never be us. But thousands of Australians lose money and more every year. Cyber security specialist David Lacey and ABC journalist Sean Rubinzstein-Dunlop discuss the global industry of internet scams.
Sean Rubinsztein Dunlop, David Lacey2.15PM - 3.10PMMetcalfe Auditorium
8SISTERS IN CRIME
Sisters Jaclyn and Nicola Moriarty have written across several genres and have recently turned to crime and mystery. Why the move to crime? They explain all to Suzanne Leal.
Jaclyn Moriarty, Nicola Moriarty, Suzanne Leal2.15PM - 3.10PMMacquarie Room
9WHO WILL WIN THE NED KELLY AWARDS?
Just before the evening announcement of Ned Kelly awards winners for 2019, we talk to some of the shortlisted authors for best first crime novel, best crime novel and best true crime about their work.
Ned Kelly Awards shortlisted writers3.30PM - 4.25PMMetcalfe Auditorium
10DOUBLE TROUBLE: WRITING THE SECOND NOVEL
After a successful first book, do most writers get second novel syndrome? How do they get through it? Or can writing the second novel be easier? Sue Turnbull discusses this with three second (and third) time novelists.
Christian White, Sue Turnbull, Aoife Clifford, Sarah Bailey3.30PM - 4.25PMMacquarie Room
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1WHAT MAKES A CRIMINAL?
Most serious crime is committed by a tiny percentage of the population who often had traumatic childhoods. What can be done? Wendy Field (The Smith Family), Sarah Hopkins, lawyer, author of The Subjects, Tanya Bretherton, author of The Suicide Bride and psychologist Gabrielle Duffy discuss the making of criminals.
Gabrielle Duffy, Tanya Bretherton, Sarah Hopkins, Wendy Field10.00AM - 10.55AMMetcalfe Auditorium
2ANGEL OF DEATH: THE STORY OF DULCIE MARKHAM
Who was Dulcie Markham? Did she deserve her sobriquets The Angel of Death and The Black Widow? Sunil Badami talks to Leigh Straw about this key figure and other women in the Australian underworld from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Leigh Straw, Sunil Badami10.00AM - 10.55AMMacquarie Room
3SPOTLIGHT ON KATE MCCLYMONT
Tenacious investigative reporter Kate McClymont who has won many awards and survived threats on her life reflects on her long career in crime with Judith Whelan.
Judith Whelan, Kate McClymont11.15AM - 12.20PMMetcalfe Auditorium
4SPOTLIGHT ON BARRY MAITLAND
One of Australia’s favourite crime writers talks to Sue Turnbull about his long writing career, including the return of detectives Brock and Kolla who have returned in his latest book The Promised Land.
Sue Turnbull, Barry Maitland11.15AM - 12.10PMMacquarie Room
5SPOTLIGHT ON MICHAEL ROBOTHAM
One of Australia’s best-loved and bestselling crime writers gives us his own perspective on his many books, including his latest Good Girl, Bad Girl.
Michael Robotham12.30PM - 1.25PMMetcalfe Auditorium
6HOW JOURNALISTS CAN CHANGE HISTORY
Chris Masters joins us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, which was prompted by his Four Corners program The Moonlight State. Other speakers to be announced.
Chris Masters12.30PM - 1.25PMMacquarie Room
7WRITING CRIME IN THE #ME TOO ERA
Has the way women write and are written changed in the #Me too era? Sue Turnbull discusses this with three women writers of crime fiction and true crime.
Sue Turnbull, Leigh Straw, Katherine Kovacic, Sarah Bailey2.15PM - 3.10PMMetcalfe Auditorium
8SPOTLIGHT ON BERNIE MATTHEWS
Bernie Matthews, author of classic crime memoir Intractable and just out after another long prison term, reflects on Grafton and Katingal prisons and going back inside in your sixties, in conversation with criminal psychologist Tim Watson-Munro.
Tim Watson-Munro, Bernie Matthews2.15PM - 3.10PMMacquarie Room
9THE THREAT FROM WITHIN: HOW CAN WE FIGHT TERRORISM
How do we fight terrorism? The Australian's Paul Maley talks to Levi West, Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University about the complex causes which lead to extremist action and whether extremists can be deradicalised.
Levi West, Paul Maley3.30PM - 4.25PMMetcalfe Auditorium
10VAL MCDERMID IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL ROBOTHAM
Val McDermid and Michael Robotham are both international stars with massive sales figures, shelves of awards and backgrounds as journalists. They both write series with recurring characters but also break out with standalone books. The international queen of crime and the man who composes his novels in the cabana of cruelty come face to face in the Pitt Street Uniting Church to talk books, ideas and crime.

* This venue is about 20 minutes' walk from the State Library. Michael Duffy will lead a group walk leaving from the Macquarie Street entrance to the State Library identifying various crime locations along the way.
Michael Robotham, Val McDermid4.00PM - 5.00PMPitt Street Uniting Church
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1WHO REMEMBERS THE VICTIMS?
Ivan Milat. Martin Bryant. Roger Rogerson. David and Catherine Birnie. We remember their names but who were their victims? Criminal psychologist Tim Watson Munro, ex-NSW police detective Duncan McNab and criminologist Xanthé Mallett unpick our fascination with those who commit violent serial crimes and the anonymisation of their victims.
Tim Watson-Munro, Duncan McNab, Xanthé Mallett10.00AM - 10.55AMMetcalfe Auditorium
2MINOTAUR: THE CRIMES OF PETER GOLDSWORTHY
Peter Goldsworthy is the award-winning writer of short stories, plays, novels, and more. Now blind Detective Sergeant Rick Zadow enters his work with his guide dog Scout. RN’s Kate Evans talks to Peter Goldsworthy about this new direction.

This session will be recorded by ABC Radio National for The Bookshelf.
Peter Goldsworthy, Kate Evans10:00AM - 10.55AM10.00AM - 10.55AM
3THE VICTIM'S DETECTIVE
NSW's most famous living homicide detective, Gary Jubelin, worked on very high-profile cases like the Bowraville murders and the death of Matthew Leveson, before quit this year in contentious circumstances. He talks to Michael Duffy.
Gary Jubelin, Michael Duffy11.15AM - 12.10PMMetcalfe Auditorium
4HISTORY MYSTERIES
What are the plusses and pitfalls of setting crime novels in the past? Why do it? Three writers of crime fiction set at different points in Australian history reveal all to Rachel Franks.
Robert Gott, Sulari Gentill, Rachel Franks, Peter Doyle11.15AM - 12.10AMMacquarie Room
5MY FAVOURITE FICTIONAL DETECTIVE
Hercule Poirot or Harry Bosch? V I Warshawksi or Miss Marple? Closer to home, Cliff Hardy or Jack Irish? Three crime fiction lovers reveal (and argue over?) their favourite literary detectives with RN’s Kate Evans.

This session will be recorded by ABC Radio National for The Bookshelf.
Laurie Oakes, Sulari Gentill, Candice Fox, Kate Evans12.30AM - 1.25PMMetcalfe Auditorium
6HATE MAIL: THE PENTHOUSE PET, THE PARCEL BOMB AND MUCH MORE
A gonzo true crime story about a parcel bomb, a Penthouse Pet, Sydney’s drug underworld, and an international manhunt. Veteran crime reporter and bestselling author Mark Morri followed the twists and turns of this story for over twenty years.
Mark Morri, Michael Duffy12.30PM - 1.25PMMacquarie Room
7THE GREAT CRIME DEBATE. IS FACT STRANGER THAN FICTION?
In this no-holds-barred debate between fiction writers, an ex-police detective and a forensic psychologist, the debaters may not take the sides you expect. Michael Robotham, one of our best-know crime fiction writers, and Xanthé Mallett argue for fact, while Duncan McNab and Candice Fox defend fiction in a fight to the literary death. Refereed by crime fan Laurie Oakes in the grand finale to a perfect three days of crime.

*This venue is about 20 minutes’ walk from the State Library.
Laurie Oakes2.30PM - 4PMPitt Street Uniting Church