BAD SYDNEY PRESENTS
THE 2021 CRIME WRITERS FESTIVAL
In 2021 the Festival returns to the State Library of NSW on 9 – 12 September for four days all about crime.
BAD SYDNEY is an annual event which It explores what crime can tell us about human beings, both contemporary and historical. Speakers include crime fiction writers, journalists and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists.
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The 2021 ProgramME
SYDNEY: THE PERFECT SETTING FOR CRIME FICTION?What makes Sydney such a good setting for stories of crime and corruption? Three writers talk about why Sydney and crime go together so well.
|Richard Beasley QC, Chris Hammer|
Facilitator: Michael Duffy
|10.30 – 11.30||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.|
THE BRUTAL COST OF SEEKING JUSTICELouise Milligan and Kathryn Heyman discuss the experience of being a witness in the Australian legal system and in particular the treatment or mistreatment of witnesses in sexual assault cases and the resulting trauma with former barrister Nicole Abadee.
|Kathryn Heyman, Louise Milligan|
Facilitator: Nicole Abadee
|10.30 – 11.30||Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom|
THE HOUSEMATEIn this new standalone thriller from award-winner Sarah Bailey, investigative journalist Olive Grove risks everything when she revisits an old case which obsessed her. No spoilers we promise!
Facilitator: Sue Turnbull
|12.00 – 1.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom|
AUSTRALIA AS A CRIME SCENEHas the whole of Australia become a crime scene since colonisation? Where do we start to look? Three indigenous Australian writers give us a new perspective, in conversation with ABC broadcaster Daniel Browning.
|Melissa Lucashenko, Kodie Bedford, Julie Janson|
Facilitator: Daniel Browning
|12.00 – 1.00||Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom|
WITH MY LITTLE EYEThis true story of child spies in suburban Brisbane in the 1950s would be unbelievable as fiction. One of the children of two ASIO operatives talks about her very unusual childhood.
|Sue-Ellen Kusher, Sandra Hogan||2.00 – 3.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom|
Mystery Road: Nordic noir meets outback noirSally Riley, Head of Drama, Comedy and Indigenous at ABC TV has led the move to advance representation of Indigenous culture on Australian screens and Kodie Bedford, a writer on Mystery Road is part of that process. Hear them discuss this journey with Daniel Browning.
|Sally Riley, Kodie Bedford|
Facilitator: Daniel Browning
|2.00 – 3.00||Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom|
CRIME RATES ARE DOWN SO WHY PRISONS ARE FULL?In the last 20 years, rates of common forms of crime have fallen between 40 and 80 percent. Why? And in that case why are our prisons still full? Explore this with Don Weatherburn author of The Vanishing Criminal and Nick Cowdery QC former Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW.
Facilitator: Nicholas Cowdery QC
|3.30 – 4.30||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom|
THE FRENCHMAN: SPIES AND TREACHERYFrom the personal experience of a former French intelligence operative comes this gripping, all-too- plausible spy story. Thankfully it’s fiction but the tradecraft of Jack Beaumont’s former life makes for a frightening read. He speaks to fellow thriller writer, journalist Tim Ayliffe.
Facilitator: Tim Ayliffe
|3.30 – 4.30||Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom|
FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT WITH JANE HARPERInternationally renowned crime writer and household name Jane Harper speaks in Sydney for the first time in several years to open the Festival. Hear her in conversation about her career in crime and the filming of The Dry from her best-selling novel with Caroline Overington, Literary editor of The Australian.
Facilitator: Caroline Overington
|6.00 – 8.00||Strangers Dining Room, Parliament House|
Who killed Constable Joseph Luker – A walking tourConstable Joseph Luker, was murdered in 1903, the first officer of the law to be killed in the line of duty in Australia. Rachel Franks she retraces the last steps of Luker: the convict-turned-constable. See if you can work out whodunit in this crime case of colonial Sydney that is still listed as being unsolved.
|Rachel Franks||11.45 – 12.30||The tour will begin in the Library's Macquarie Wing Foyer, near the bookshop|