BAD SYDNEY PRESENTS

THE 2021 CRIME WRITERS FESTIVAL

BAD is back, undaunted and badder than ever. At last we can enjoy four face-to-face days of BAD Crime Writers Festival events at the State Library of New South Wales from 2-5 December. We present our trademark blend of crime fiction, true crime and social justice panels and interviews. This year, we’re adding evening events on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday 4, as well as crime walks and our inaugural champagne and cozy crime afternoon tea.

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Partner: NSW STATE LIBRARY

Big Names in Crime

Hear some of the biggest names in crime fiction, true crime and social justice advocacy like Jane Harper, Michael Robotham, Garry Disher, Chris Hammer, Meshel Laurie, Mark Dapin, Duncan McNab, Xanthé Mallett. Bryan Brown, Melissa Lucashenko, Robert Drewe, Richard Glover, Tony Birch, Larissa Behrendt and Stan Grant and many more will all be talking crime as well. Find out about the best new crime fiction and explore the big themes of the year.

THE DANGER PRIZE

Be there for the Danger Prize awards on Saturday night, and try out a wine which Stalin may have enjoyed.

THE GREAT DEBATE

To close the festival, have a laugh when dog lover Richard Glover adjudicates the not entirely serious Great Debate ‘To kill the dog or not…that is the question’ about the boundaries that crime writers dare not cross.

FOUR DAYS OF CRIME

Browse the four 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 special gift book voucher to use at the State Library bookshop during the Festival.

STREAMED LIVE VIA ZOOM

We want to see you at the Library but if you can’t join us, all our sessions are streamed live so you can attend via Zoom.

COVID RESTRICTIONS

There are still Covid-safe limitations on numbers of people attending indoor events in the Library. We hope these will be lifted but that may not happen so book now.

NOTE: The State Library of NSW and BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival will be strictly complying with the most up-to-date rules from the NSW Government in relation to contact tracing, vaccinations, masks and physical distancing at the time of the festival. Please check the State Library’s Special Conditions of Entry leading up to the festival to ensure you will be able to attend and comply with the rules. These are updated as Government requirements change.

The 2021 Program