BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival:
1 - 5 November 2023


Crime Writers Festival

Welcome to BAD 2023, the place for every crime story. We’re bigger, badder and better than ever with new offerings, as well as your favourite fiction, true crime and social justice events, to entertain, inform and provoke from 1-5 November, all day and into the evenings.

We bring you an opening night crime edition of Literary Death Match on Wednesday November 1. Four writers address our Festival theme A place for every crime story on Wednesday 2. Find the murderer in the Whodunnit evening on Saturday November 4 and don’t miss your favourite crime trivia night on Friday 3 and the  announcement of three Danger Awards for fiction, true crime and for the first time the People’s Choice award.

Aspiring crime writers have a choice of four workshops and can pitch to publishers and agents for the first time. Continue to walk the talk in Surry Hills and Hyde Park. There really is something for every crime lover.

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Solve a murder mystery

The State Library has become a backdrop for murder. There is a body bag in the foyer of the Mitchell Library.  Who has died and who is the murderer? An active crime scene full of evidence is ready for investigation in a race against time. You don’t have long to solve the mystery.  Participants work in teams to solve the case. Each team needs to examine all the evidence, sift through garbage (gloves provided!), test for DNA, do fingerprinting, interview witnesses, then get together over a glass of wine to decide who they think is the culprit before all is revealed.  Put all your crime reading and watching to good use to see if you can find the guilty party.  

Saturday 4 November 5.30 – 7.30pm

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