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.
Join historian Elliot Lindsay and writer Amanda Hampson on a walking tour of Surry Hills as he tells the history of the garment district and discusses the armed robberies, murders and dodgy deals that plagued the area until the 1990s and she talks about setting The Tea Ladies in Surry Hills.
Join historian Elliot Lindsay on a walking tour of Hyde Park to discover the larrikins, razor gangsters, sex workers, boys in drag, preachers, polemics and cold-blooded killers that lurked in the park after dark for nearly 200 years.
The State Library has become a backdrop for murder. An active crime scene full of evidence is ready for investigation in a race against time. Put all your crime reading and watching to good use to see if you can find the guilty party.
In Candice Fox’s masterclass of crime fiction construction she explores all aspects of structure, pace and plot.
Online self-publishing platforms provide powerful access to authors wanting to reach readers. In this workshop, Michael Burge introduces the critical basics of planning and managing self-publication.
Review your current crime fiction cast: suspects, victims, villains sidekicks. You will leave with greater clarity on your cast, and the ability to create stronger characters that work harder (and smarter) for your story.
Getting the facts right is crucial in crime fiction, true crime or crime and justice social history. It’s not difficult but you need to know how. This workshop will tell you.
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.