BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

6-8 September 2019

NSW State Library, Sydney

 
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It’s a crimey time of year…

Can’t wait for your crime fix at Halloween with Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival? Need a top-up to make it through?

Are you in Sydney on 6, 7 or 8 September? Then head to the State Library and join the crowd at BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival - including Val McDermid!

This lively annual festival offers plenty of crime fiction and non-fiction discussions to weigh in on, as well as some familiar Murder She Wrote/Sisters in Crime figures.

Check out the highlights below, then head on over to BAD Ticketing (click here) if one - or all! - of them take your fancy.

PLUS

Don’t miss the announcement of the winners of the Australian Crime Writers’ Association’s Ned Kelly Awards on Friday 6 September at 6.30 at the Tramsheds in Forest Lodge.

Last year’s winner was the fabulous Sulari Gentill, and 11 out of 17 shortlistees this year are women - go you Sisters in Crime!


Highlighted Sessions


Friday 6 September

COUNTRY NOIR

10-00-10.55, Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

Why does rural Australia make such a perfect setting for crime?

Emily Maguire, Richard Anderson and Aoife Clifford who have set novels in country towns talk to Catherine du Peloux Menagé.

SISTERS IN CRIME

2.15-3.10, Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

Sisters Jaclyn and Nicola Moriarty have written across several genres and have recently turned to crime and mystery. Why the move to crime? They explain all to Suzanne Leal.

NOW DO IT AGAIN: WRITING THE SECOND NOVEL

3.30-4.25 Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

After a successful first book, do most writers get second novel syndrome? How do they get through it? Or can writing the second novel be easier? Sue Turnbull discusses this with second (and third) time novelists.


Saturday 7 September

ANGEL OF DEATH: THE STORY OF DULCIE MARKHAM

10.00-10.55, Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

Who was Dulcie Markham? Did she deserve her sobriquets The Angel of Death and The Black Widow? Sunil Badami talks to Leigh Straw about this key figure and other women in the Australian underworld from the 1920s to the 1950s.

SPOTLIGHT ON BARRY MAITLAND

11.15-12.10, Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

One of Australia’s favourite crime writers talks to Sue Turnbull about his long writing career, including the return of detectives Brock and Kolla who have returned in his latest book The Promised Land.

THE THREAT FROM WITHIN: HOW CAN WE FIGHT TERRORISM?

3.30-4.25, Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales

How do we fight terrorism? The Australian's Paul Maley talks to Levi West, Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University and to Rodger Shanahan from the Lowy Institute about the complex causes which lead to extremist action and whether extremists can be deradicalised.


Sunday 8 September


MINOTAUR: THE CRIMES OF PETER GOLDSWORTHY

10.00-10.55, Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

Peter Goldsworthy is the award-winning writer of short stories, plays, novels, and more. Now blind Detective Sergeant Rick Zadow enters his work with his guide dog Scout. RN’s Kate Evans talks to Peter Goldsworthy about this new direction.

This session will be recorded by ABC Radio National for The Bookshelf.

MYSTERIES IN HISTORY

11.15-12.10, Macquarie Room, State Library of New South Wales

Why read history when you can find out how it really felt it in historical crime fiction?

Take a trip with Sulari Gentill’s hero Roland Sinclair into the Sydney of the 1930s, follow Robert Gotts’ Joe Sable into wartime Melbourne and Peter Doyle’s Glasheen into Australia in the late 1960s. Find out the plusses and pitfalls of setting crime novels in the past as the three writers reveal all to Rachel Franks.