BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

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A criminal city needs a criminal festival…
BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival is a new festival for Sydney where writers, detectives, film-makers, and others explore what crime can tell us about humanity.

Sydney has a unique relationship with crime. Founded by criminals and their guards, its convict culture helped shape egalitarian Australia. From the Rum Corps of the First Fleet to the razor gangs of the 1920s, to the corruption and colourful characters of the 1970s and the current war on drugs, you cannot understand this city completely without its vital criminal subculture.

BAD is an exploration of the dark side of being human. Over one weekend a stellar line up of speakers will consider contemporary and historical stories of crime, punishment and redemption.

Speakers include a who’s who of the literary crime world and others, such as Michael Robotham, Fr Frank Brennan, Michael Finnane, Nikki Gemmell, Gary Jubelin, Kate McClymont, Malla Nunn, James Phelan, Mark Tedeschi, Sue Turnbull, and a special appearance from Lee Child (via skype). 

Sessions include Trends in Crime Fiction, Voluntary Euthanasia, Domestic Noir, Criminal Minds, Crime on Screen and Colonial Crime.

There are also: Advice for Writers sessions with Caroline Overington and Malla Nunn; a rare glimpse into the working life of two former judges, Brian Knox SC and Michael Finanne, SC; and the life of a detective – and being portrayed in the TV series – from Gary Jubelin.

At last the most popular literary genre of our time gets its own Sydney festival.

Tickets and more information

Sydney Living Museums in partnership with BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

Starting from $15 (plus booking fees)

A limited number of festival day passes are available for $110, plus booking fees

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When & Where

Saturday 2 September 2017 10AM–5PM
Sunday 3 September 2017 10AM–5PM

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
+612 02 9252 1144