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