Bad Sydney Crime Writers Festival to go ahead in-person next month

The full program for this year’s BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival has been announced. Despite concerns over COVID restrictions, the Festival will take place in-person at the State Library of NSW over the weekend of November 7-8th. 

The  BAD Writers Festival is an opportunity for fans of crime fiction and true crime to come together and explore the ways in which these books can provide insight into the human condition. 

Organisers are excited to showcase the diverse lineup for 2020, which features award-wining and bestselling authors, journalists, academics as well as professionals from the justice system including detectives, criminologists and psychologists appearing in person.

Highlights include former detective Gary Jubelin in conversation with journalist Kate McClymontJana Wendt in conversation with former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas. Crime journalist Mark Morri will also be talking with NSW Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace. Further sessions will be conducted by novelist Tom Keneally, whilst Chris Hammer will be in conversation with crime reviewer Sue Turnbull

Other sessions will be livestreamed including The Crime of Modern Slavery with Justine Nolan, Martijn Boersma and Jennifer Burn. Auschwitz in Fiction after 75 Years will be presented by Alan Gold, Suzanne Leal, Diane Armstrong and Michaela Kalowski. Fresh Blood, New Writing showcases new trends in crime writing and will see Benjamin Stevenson, Greg Woodland and Petronella McGovern in discussion. Meanwhile, Chris Hammer, Michael Brissenden will explore Fact to Fiction – Journalists Turn to Crime.

“Despite COVID we’re back in person at the State Library with a smaller audience but the same great mix of crime fiction, true crime as well as social justice sessions examining important questions like domestic abuse, and what happens to victims of crime,” says Artistic Director Catherine du Peloux Menage.

Be warned though, organisers say that tickets are “extremely limited” as a result of COVID restrictions. So if you do want to attend, don’t wait for the day to grab a ticket. 

Visit for ticketing and the full program.

Header Image: (L-R) Tom Keneally, Kate McClymont, Benjamin Stevenson.

Ed Hirst

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