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THE 2020 IN-PERSON CRIME WRITERS FESTIVAL

See Kate McClymont, Gary Jubelin, Jess Hill, Michael Robotham, Caroline Overington, Chris Hammer, Tom Keneally, Nick Kaldas, Jana Wendt and many more.

Audiences at the State Library are strictly limited due to social distancing regulations, so book now.

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TICKETS​

Please note that due to Covid we are using two rooms in different parts of the Library.
 
For the Metcalfe Auditorium, enter the Library from the Macquarie Street entrance.
 
For the Dixson Room, enter the Library from the Mitchell Building entrance on Shakespeare Place facing the Botanic Gardens.

IN PERSON TICKETS

 IN PERSON SESSIONS: $30;

IN PERSON CONCESSIONS: $25

No in-person day passes available.

LIVE STREAM TICKETS

LIVE STREAM SESSIONS: $10;

LIVE STREAM PASS: $40

The 2020 Program

Sessions in the Dixson Room will also be live-streamed on Zoom.

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1FRESH BLOOD: NEW WRITING
An apparent TV suicide on air, animal mutilation in a 60s country town and a teacher who may be too good to be true. In this session, crime writer Andy Muir will introduce you to some of the best new crime fiction and those who write it.
Facilitator: Andy Muir
Greg Woodland, Petronella McGovern, Benjamin Stevenson10.00 – 11.00Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
2AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SERIAL KILLER
The story of a series of horrific murders of women that began in 1930s Sydney – when the body of a woman was found in Queens Park and followed by several more. Australia’s first serial killer was at large.
Facilitator: Duncan McNab
Tanya Bretherton10.00 – 11.00Metcalfe Auditorium
3SPOTLIGHT ON MICHAEL ROBOTHAM
Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro talks to Michael Robotham about the next instalment in the gripping story of criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and truth wizard Evie Cormac.
Facilitator: Tim Watson-Munro
Michael Robotham11.30 – 12.30Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
4SECRET: THE MAKING OF AUSTRALIA’S SECURITY STATE
Do Australians today live in a security state where the government has introduced new laws that undermine individual liberties, while at the same time limiting what journalists can report so the public remains in the dark? Listen to legendary journalist Brian Toohey and decide for yourself.
Facilitator: Hamish McDonald
Brian Toohey11.30 – 12.30Metcalfe Auditorium
5A DANGEROUS WOMAN: KATE McCLYMONT
Kate McClymont talks to Caroline Overington about her career as an investigative journalist. How did she become the doyenne of investigative journalism in Sydney with a trophy cabinet overflowing with Walkleys and other awards? Does she have a favourite story and are there any who got away?
Facilitator: Caroline Overington
Kate McClymont:1.00 – 2.00Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
6WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS?
They are the ones who suffer but they rarely have a voice in the justice system: the victims and those close to them. Legendary crime reporter and victims’ friend Janet Fife-Yeomans redresses the balance in conversation with David Balding, whose sister Janine was raped and brutally murdered in 1988, Detective Chief Inspector Russell Oxford, for whom Janine’s death was his first case on the Homicide Squad, who moved to Robbery and Serious Crime where he arrested Roger Rogerson for the murder of Jamie Gao and then to the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, and Rob Anderson who was abused by his school teacher in the late 1960s and even though the teacher is behind bars, the case still continues.
Facilitator: Janet Fife-Yeomans
Russell Oxford, Robert Anderson, David Balding1.00 – 2.00Metcalfe Auditorium
7THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF GARRY DISHER
Garry Disher is one of Australia’s best loved crime writers and has been writing for over 40 years.  Garry talks to Sue Turnbull about his life in crime and Chris Hammer launches Consolation, Garry’s most recent book to feature police constable Paul Hirschhausen.
Facilitator: Sue Turnbull
Garry Disher2.30 – 3.30Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
8MODERN SLAVERY
40 million people are modern-day slaves, forced to perform labour through the use of force, intimidation or deceit. How does this happen and how can it be stopped? NSW Anti-Slavery commissioner Jennifer Burn discusses the social, political, and economic realities of our globalised world.
Facilitator: Jennifer Burn
Martijn Boersma, Justine Nolan2.30 – 3.30Metcalfe Auditorium
9A WOMAN OF FORCE
Much decorated former Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace tells the story of her 36 years in the NSW Police Force to Mark Morri.
Facilitator: Mark Morri
Deb Wallace4.00 – 5.00Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
10FACT TO FICTION – FROM JOURNALIST TO THRILLER WRITER
Why do so many journalists turn to crime? Do they need more thrills than the day job provides? Our panel of crime and thriller writers tell all to one of their number who has followed the same path.
Facilitator: Tim Ayliffe
Michael Brissenden, Chris Hammer, Caroline Overington4.00 – 5.00Metcalfe Auditorium
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1I CATCH KILLERS
Serial killings, child abductions, organised crime hits and domestic murders. This is the memoir of NSW’s most famous ex-homicide detective. ‘They tell you not to let a case get personal, but I think it has to. Each one has taken a piece out of me and added a piece, until there’s only pieces.’
Facilitator: Michael Duffy
Gary Jubelin10.00 – 11.00Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
2AUSCHWITZ IN FICTION AFTER 75 YEARS
How can the crimes of Auschwitz be represented in fiction? Should writers even try to fictionalize the unthinkable? Three writers talk to Michaela Kalowski about why and how they have written about Auschwitz.
Facilitator: Michaela Kalowski
Suzanne Leal, Diane Armstrong, Alan Gold10.00 – 11.00Metcalfe Auditorium
3SPOTLIGHT ON NICK KALDAS
Until recently one of the state’s most respected and experienced senior officers, Nick Kaldas speaks frankly to Jana Wendt about the successes and the challenges of policing, here and abroad.
Facilitator: Jana Wendt
Nick Kaldas11.30 – 12.30Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
4THE CALL OF THE SOUTH: FIRST FICTION SET IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AND SOUTH AFRICA
Ned Kelly Debut Crime Fiction winner 2020, Natalie Conyer sets her gripping debut Present Tense in South Africa. Anna Downes’ The Safe Place takes us to the South of France. With Natalie, we travel to post apartheid Cape Town in a police procedural which is anything but straightforward. In Anna’s picture-perfect estate in the South of France things are not as they appear. In both cases, reality is deceptive and the truth is hard to find. Suzanne Leal peels away the layers and digs down.
Facilitator: Suzanne Leal
Natalie Conyer, Anna Downes11.30 – 12.30Metcalfe Auditorium
5WHAT IS EVIL?
Australian legend Tom Keneally has written about evil in many of his books. What does he think it really is?
Facilitator: Susan Wyndham
Tom Keneally1.00 – 2.00Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
6SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO
Stella prize winner Jess Hill and Lyndal Gowland, Family Law solicitor talk about domestic abuse to Nicole Abadee and explore what can be done.
Facilitator: Nicole Abadee
Lyndal Gowland, Jess Hill1.00 – 2.00Metcalfe Auditorium
7INVESTIGATIONS 101 HOW TO RUN A MURDER CASE
How do real cops investigate a major crime? Two ex-detectives who know what really happens explain how the NSW Police Force goes about running a murder case.
Facilitator: Michael Duffy
Ian Lynch, Duncan McNab2.30 – 3.30Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
8LOCKED UP: ONE WOMAN’S PRISON EXPERIENCE
Snakes and Ladders looks at prison in NSW from both inside and outside, showing what it’s like to get caught up in the system again after thirteen years of fighting to escape the sticky traps of disadvantage. Consultant psychologist Tim Watson Munro talks to Angela Williams about her story.
Facilitator: Tim Watson Munro
Angela Williams2.30 – 3.30Metcalfe Auditorium
9SPOTLIGHT ON CHRIS HAMMER
Chris Hammer’s first crime novel Scrublands won one of the world’s most prestigious crime writing prizes, the New Blood Dagger Award. Followed by the hugely successful Silver, his just published latest book is Trust. Sue Turnbull finds out more about the man Michael Connolly calls ‘a great writer’.
Facilitator: Sue Turnbull
Chris Hammer4.00 – 5.00Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.
10UNSAFE CONVICTIONS. CAN WE TRUST THE JUSTICE SYSTEM?
‘The good, bad and downright rotten parts of Australia’s criminal justice system are put on trial by Dr Xanthé Mallett. With her clear-eyed logic and objectivity, this compelling book identifies reasonable doubts which must keep prosecutors and defence lawyers awake at night.’ Hedley Thomas, host of the Teacher’s Pet podcast.
Facilitator: Duncan McNab
Xanthé Mallett4.00 – 5.00Metcalfe Auditorium

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

IN PERSON TICKETS

 IN PERSON SESSIONS: $30;

IN PERSON CONCESSIONS: $25

No in-person day passes available.

LIVE STREAM TICKETS

LIVE STREAM SESSIONS: $10;

LIVE STREAM PASS: $40

Audiences at the State Library are strictly limited due to social distancing regulations, so book now.

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