2021 BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

2-5 December 2021
State Library of NSW

BAD presents a program of nearly 40 different sessions, panels and special events. All sessions will also be available on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. BAD will present sessions about fiction, true crime and social justice.

Barbie spoke to Bad Sydney’s Artistic Director, Catherine du Peloux Menagé

COVID safe regulations apply to the live festival. View the full program at www.badsydney.com

Highlights include:

  • Jane Harper’s Life in Crime on Opening Night
  • Friday night on the town with Bryan Brown talking to Michael Robotham about his move into crime fiction
  • Dog-lover Richard Glover adjudicates the Great Debate ‘To kill the dog or not … that is the question’ about the boundaries that crime writers don’t dare cross
  • First nations writers talking about crime include Melissa Lucashenko, Julie Janson, Kodie Bedford, Larissa Behrendt, Veronica Gorrie and Auntie Dianne O’Brien
  • Tony Birch interviews crime great Garry Disher, winner of the 2021 Ned Kelly Award for best fiction and is interviewed in turn by James Bradley about crime in his novels
  • Stan Grant and Tim Ayliffe talk about white supremacist groups and what came after ‘the end of history’
  • Michael Robotham on his new book When You Are Mine
  • The 2021 Danger Prize for the best book, TV series, podcast or film about Sydney crime released in the 2020/21 financial year will be awarded on Saturday 4 December.