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UQP authors at BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival
02 Dec – 05 Dec
State Library of New South Wales / Online

UQP authors at BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

Join UQP authors Larissa Behrendt, Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko and Matthew Condon over four face-to-face days of BAD Crime Writers Festival events at the State Library of New South Wales from 2-5 December.

AUSTRALIA AS A CRIME SCENE - Thursday 2 Dec, 12noon

Has 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. Join this session in person at Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom.

THE WAY IT IS NOW - Thursday 2 Dec, 2-3pm

Garry 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. Join this session in person at Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.

AFTER STORY - Thursday 2 Dec, 2-3pm

Lawyer, novelist and film maker Larissa Behrendt discusses this engrossing and moving book with Meg Keneally, who is herself a historical novelist. Join this session in person at Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom.

THE BOGEYMAN - Saturday 4 Dec, 12-1pm

Queensland, beautiful one day, deadly the next. Award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon has followed up his book about Vincent O’Dempsey, one of Australia’s worst serial killers with his podcast Ghost Gate Road and is still discovering more about the psychopath and his victims. Join this session in person at Dixson Room and live-streamed on Zoom.

DARK AS LAST NIGHT - Saturday 4 Dec, 12-1pm

Danger, menace and fear underly many of the novels of celebrated writer Tony Birch. Several of his short stories explore crimes and the lives of those we call criminals. He discusses this aspect of his work in a wide-ranging conversation with James Bradley. Join this session in person at Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom.

WHEN YOU ARE MINE - Saturday 4 Dec, 3:30-4:30pm

A young policewoman, makes a dangerous enemy of a decorated detective involved in a domestic abuse incident. She strikes up a friendship with the woman in the case but all is not as it seems. Hot from winning the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year, Michael Robotham talks to Matthew Condon about this book of psychological manipulation and police corruption. Join this session in person at Metcalfe Auditorium and live-streamed on Zoom.

Registration essential for all ticketed events here.