at Woollahra Library
WELCOME to BAD 22. We’re back in person at the State Library of New South Wales with our trademark blend of crime fiction from established and emerging writers, true crime and social justice panels and interviews from 8-10 September.
Aspiring crime writers have the opportunity to learn from the best in two writing workshops with Candice Fox and Pamela Hart.
Our crime walks now visit Kings Cross, Surry Hills and Woolloomooloo and on Friday night you can enjoy a crime trivia night and meet this year’s Danger Prize winner. Book now!
True crime, social justice and crime fiction, you’ll find it all at BAD. Gary Jubelin is interviewer and interviewee, Michael Robotham talks about his latest book, Nicholas Cowdery explores why jailing is failing, Sulari Gentill brings her new bestseller The Woman in the Library to life, Rosalie Ham talks about coming home, prize winners discuss their work and much more.
Enjoy an evening of lively crime trivia on Friday night, then applaud the winner of the Danger Prize.
Three panel discussions starring some of the best new fiction writers, including books about seeking retribution for current and historical crime and murderous medical crime.
True crime stories can seem implausible in fiction: learn about the exploits of Melissa Caddick, the improbable story of the Drug Grannies and the tale of the murderous Widow of Walcha. Hear two crime novelists talk to two true crime writers about where to stop.
Browse the three days of the Festival below to find out about all our sessions and make your bookings.
Anyone purchasing in-person tickets for four events in one day will receive a gift book voucher worth $20 to use at the State Library bookshop during the Festival.
We would love to see you at the Library but if you can’t join us, all our daytime sessions are streamed live so you can attend via Zoom.
The State Library of NSW and BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival comply strictly with the most up-to-date recommendations from the NSW Government in relation to Covid, to ensure you will be able to attend and be safe. We will keep you updated as Government requirements change.
Kings of Crime: the criminal history of Kings CrossKings Cross was the centre of Sydney’s vice industries for a very long time. Crooks like Abe Saffron, Lennie ‘Mr Big’ McPherson and crooked police such as Abe Saffron and Roger Rogerson ruled the roost, while people from the suburbs came for a thrill and then retreated to normal life in the morning. Local residents and authors Duncan McNab and Louis Nowra talk with Michael Duffy about the sleaze, the organised crime, and the murders. You may want to walk the streets of the Cross with Elliot Lindsay immediately after this session.
You may want to walk the streets of the Cross with Elliot Lindsay immediately after this session.
|Louis Nowra, Duncan McNab|
Facilitator: Michael Duffy
|10.30 – 11.30||Dixson Room|
Fresh Blood: Setting the sceneSetting is key in crime fiction. From mean city streets, to rural towns and untamed suburbia, settings play a vital role in the works of these four acclaimed debut writers. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how and why.
|Shelley Burr, Sally Bothroyd, Matthew Spencer, Hayley Scrivenor|
Facilitator: Andy Muir
|10.30 – 11.30||Metcalfe Auditorium|
‘Middle Eastern crime’ in Western Sydney’: Myths and realitiesWriting and reporting about crime in Western Sydney is full of prejudice and stereotypes. Four writers who call Western Sydney home go deeper and examine the fictions and the realities behind the ‘Middle-Eastern crime’ label and how Western Sydney is represented, to present a real picture of the area and the varied communities who live there.
|Sarah Ayoub, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Amani Haydar|
Facilitator: Randa Abdel-Fattah
|12.00 – 1.00||Dixson Room|
Step into the pages of both The Woman in the Library and Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone for an immersive Festival session like no other. Allow the line between story and real life blur, meet the characters, size up the suspects and hear the authors, Sulari Gentill, and Benjamin Stevenson, talk about stories within stories and the process of writing them, without giving anything away. A unique metafictional event about two metafictional books.
|Sulari Gentill, Benjamin Stevenson||12.00 – 1.00||Gallery Room|
Once the violence is overWhat happens when the violence has stopped and physical wounds are healed? Does life just go on as before or is there another less visible price to pay? Join Suzanne Leal as she explores these questions with Marion Frith author of In the After which tells the stories of two survivors of trauma, Mercedes Mercier whose debut crime novel explores the after effects of crime, and psychologist Dr Ariana Krynen who works with survivors of PTSD.
|Mercedes Mercier, Marion Frith, Dr Ariana Krynen|
Facilitator: Suzanne Leal
|2.00 – 3.00||Dixson Room|
The Queen of the ConThe queen of Sydney crime journalism turns her eye onto the Queen of the Con. Kate McClymont and Tom Steinfort who have created a gripping podcast about the story of Melissa Caddick tell us more about this woman whose Ponzi scheme involved betraying family and close friends in conversation with Vikki Petraitis.
|Tom Steinfort, Kate McClymont|
Facilitator: Vikki Petraitis
|2.00 – 3.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
Coming homeWhat happens when you come home after many years to encounter your past? What has changed and what hasn’t? How do time and perspective change both the past and the present? Three outstanding writers explore homecomings with Sue Turnbull.
|Peter Papathanasiou, Rosalie Ham, Charity Norman|
Facilitator: Sue Turnbull
|3.30 – 4.30||Dixson Room|
Doctors who killed: Murder or misadventure‘Sydney’s Jack the Ripper;’ was how the press sensationalised the discovery of a large box containing the mutilated remains of a young woman in 1895 in Woolloomooloo. Was the culprit a doctor and abortionist recently released early from prison after serving time for killing five young women? Was he a careless malpractitioner, or a serial killer? Tanya Bretherton and Elliot Lindsay discuss this tragic case and attitudes towards maltreated ‘wayward’ female patients in the context of the medical industry, legal systems and social perspectives in late 19th and early 20th century Australia.
|Tanya Bretherton, Elliot Lindsay||3.30 – 4.30||Metcalfe Auditorium|
Kings Cross: A tour of Sex, Vice & Murder with Elliot LindsayKings Cross was the epicentre of Sydney’s vice scene and the setting for many stories about crime lords, sex workers, night clubs and murder. On this tour, you will journey the golden strip and back lanes to discover the scenes of the most legendary crimes, murders and scandals. Myth and legend will become a reality.
Each participant receives a copy of the casefiles ebook which contains police evidence, photos, articles from the press and further information about each case.
|Elliot Lindsay||11.45 – 1.45||Meet opposite the State Library bookshop|