BAD SYDNEY PRESENTS
THE 2020 CRIME WRITERS FESTIVAL
Kate McClymont, Gary Jubelin, Jess Hill, Michael Robotham, Caroline Overington, Chris Hammer, Tom Keneally, Nick Kaldas, Jana Wendt and many more.
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The 2020 ProgramME
|1||FRESH 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 Stevenson||10.00 – 11.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|2||AUSTRALIA’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 Bretherton||10.00 – 11.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|3||SPOTLIGHT 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 Robotham||11.30 – 12.30||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|4||SECRET: 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 Toohey||11.30 – 12.30||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|5||A 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 – 2.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|6||WHAT 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 Balding||1.00 – 2.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|7||THE 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 Disher||2.30 – 3.30||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
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 Nolan||2.30 – 3.30||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|9||A 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 Wallace||4.00 – 5.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|10||FACT 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 Overington||4.00 – 5.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|1||I 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 Jubelin||10.00 – 11.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|2||AUSCHWITZ 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 Gold||10.00 – 11.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|3||SPOTLIGHT 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 Kaldas||11.30 – 12.30||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|4||THE 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 Downes||11.30 – 12.30||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|5||WHAT 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 Keneally||1.00 – 2.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|6||SEE 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 Hill||1.00 – 2.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|7||INVESTIGATIONS 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 McNab||2.30 – 3.30||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|8||LOCKED 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 Williams||2.30 – 3.30||Metcalfe Auditorium|
|9||SPOTLIGHT 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 Hammer||4.00 – 5.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
|10||UNSAFE 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 Mallett||4.00 – 5.00||Metcalfe Auditorium|
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