The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival Is Back This Week

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer


Crime stories are more popular than ever before. And ironically, a pretty reassuring genre to slip back into as a reader. If you enjoy all things crime, you’ll be happy to know that the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is back in person this December.

After going digital back in September and treating us to captivating talks with celebrated authors like Val McDermid, Paula Hawkins, Karin Sluaghter and Ann Cleeves, the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is back and bigger than ever before.

BAD Sydney Crime Writes Festival highlights

There is heaps to look forward to this year including 40 different sessions, panels and special events with some of the most coveted names in crime fiction, true crime and social justice. All events will be livestreamed as well.

You can also look forward to an exciting crime walk called Who Killed Constable Joseph Luker and the inaugural Champagne & Cosy Crime Afternoon Tea.

Program highlights include some big names this time round. The opening night will see Jane Harper in conversation about her career in crime and her bestselling novel The Dry. Several First nations writers will also take to the stage and talk about crime including Melissa Lucashenko, Julie Janson, Kodie Bedford, Larissa Behrendt, Veronica Gorrie and Auntie Dianne O’Brien.


It’s a true treat for the crime-genre obsessed. Check out all the details of the program on their website and get excited for December. You can book your tickets here.

More info:

What: BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival
When: December 2-5
Where: State Library of New South Wales, 1 Shakespeare Pl, Sydney NSW 2000