BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival

Weekend of 1- 2 September, Opening night Friday 31 August 2018

Justice and Police Museum

This is an annual event held to explore what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. The speakers include writers, reporters and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists.

Sydney is particularly appropriate for such exploration because it was founded by convicts and their guards. It has been significantly affected by crime and corruption for much of its history.

The program will be published here in mid-July, when early-bird tickets go on sale.

The inaugural BAD festival occurred in September 2017 at the Justice & Police Museum at Circular Quay. View last year’s program here.  It was opened by the great corruption fighter Bob Bottom and by Sue Turnbull, our leading reviewer of crime fiction. You can read Sue’s talk here.

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THE DANGER PRIZE

Short List Announced:

The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie – fascinating biography of serial killer and psychopath Lindsey Rose, now in Goulburn Supermax.

The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton – moving account of infanticide in Sydney in the 1920s.

Blue Murder: Killer Cop, dir. Michael Jenkins – energetic if often fictionalised story of the last part of Roger Rogerson’s career.

Last King of the Cross by John Ibrahim – memoir of successful nightclub entrepreneur that casts light into some dark corners.

The Danger Prize will be awarded for the first time at this year’s BAD festival. It acknowledges the best TV drama, book or film about Sydney and crime. The prize is kindly sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, Prohibition Gin Co., Rocks Brewing and Urban Winery Sydney.

The prize will be awarded for work first published or screened in the 2017/18 financial year. The prize is not for journalism, as there are already several prizes for that.

The judges are: Mark Morri, Daily Telegraph crime editor (chair); Sue Bobbermein, Dymocks PR Manager; Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald crime book reviewer and scholar of crime on screen; and Denis Tracey, Director of BAD18.

The winner will be announced on 31 August 2018. The prize will be awarded by Laurie Oakes at the launch of BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival at the Justice & Police Museum on the same day. Mr Oakes is the former distinguished political journalist and current crime book aficionado

As well as the Danger Prize, there will be the Danger Lifetime Achievement Award.

For queries: enquiries@badsydney.com
Media contact: Katrina Kiely 0403 317 743

The Danger Prize will be awarded for the first time at this year’s BAD festival. It acknowledges the best TV drama, book or film about Sydney and crime. The prize is kindly sponsored by the Daily Telegraph.

The prize will be awarded for work first published or screened in the 2017/18 financial year.

Submissions for the prize – printed books or DVDs – should be sent with a short covering letter to:

The Danger Prize
PO Box 177
Potts Point NSW 1335

The closing date is 13 July 2018. There is no application form. The prize is not for journalism, as there are already several prizes for that.

The judges are: Mark Morri, Daily Telegraph crime editor (chair); Sue Bobbermein, Dymocks PR Manager; Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald crime book reviewer and scholar of crime on screen; and Denis Tracey, Director of BAD18.

The shortlist will be announced here and in the Daily Telegraph on 11 August.

The winner will be announced on 31 August 2018. The prize will be awarded by Laurie Oakes at the launch of BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival at the Justice & Police Museum on the same day. Mr Oakes is the former distinguished political journalist and current crime book aficionado

As well as the Danger Prize, there will be the Danger Lifetime Achievement Award.

For queries: enquiries@badsydney.com
Media contact: Katrina Kiely 0403 317 743

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