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 will be joining by Zoom.
|Melissa Lucashenko, Kodie Bedford, Julie Janson|
Facilitator: Daniel Browning
|12.00 – 1.00||Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom|
The Way it is NowGarry Disher, the celebrated winner of the 2021 Ned Kelly Award has a new book with a new detective, Charlie Deravin. Charlie’s on disciplinary leave from the police sex crimes unit when the skeletal remains of two people are found and the past comes back with a vengeance. Celebrated novelist Tony Birch is a Disher fan and will be talking to Garry about his new book and much more.
Facilitator: Tony Birch
|2.00 – 3.00||Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom|
After StoryIndigenous lawyer Jasmine and her mother, Della are on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites. When a child vanishes on Hampstead Heath, the disappearance of Jasmine’s older sister twenty-five years earlier returns to haunt them both. Underlying their stories is the colonised history of Australia and its silent crimes. Lawyer, novelist and film maker Larissa Behrendt discusses this engrossing and moving book with Meg Keneally, who is herself a historical novelist.
Facilitator: Meg Keneally
|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: Jane Harper A life in Crime with Caroline OveringtonHear internationally renowned crime writer and household name Jane Harper 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. Jane joins us via Zoom from her home in Melbourne.
Facilitator: Caroline Overington
|5.30 – 6.30||Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW|
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|