BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

by |August 31, 2018

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is back for it’s second year!

2017 was the inaugural year for the festival, which is held at the Justice & Police Museum in partnership with the Sydney Living Museums.

This year BAD is back by popular demand, with a packed program and a brand new award. The Danger Prize will be awarded for the first time at the Opening Night event this evening, the 31st of August.

The Prize honours the best TV drama, book or film about Sydney and crime. The prize is kindly sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, Prohibition Gin Co., Rocks Brewing and Urban Winery Sydney.

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The Danger Prize Shortlist:

The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie – fascinating biography of serial killer and psychopath Lindsey Rose, now in Goulburn Supermax.

The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton – moving account of infanticide in Sydney in the 1920s.

Blue Murder: Killer Cop, dir. Michael Jenkins – energetic if often fictionalised story of the last part of Roger Rogerson’s career.

Last King of the Cross by John Ibrahim – memoir of successful nightclub entrepreneur that casts light into some dark corners.

The Opening Night event will also feature guest speaker, Laurie Oaks, a Trivia Quiz hosted by bestselling author Candice Fox, plus special guest Carl Synnerdahl – the former bank robber and prison escapee who who famously posed as a blind man and whose story was the inspiration for the 1981 film Hookwinked, staring John Hargraves and Judy Davis.


BAD explores what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. The speakers include writers, reporters and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists.

The Judges of The Danger Prize are Mark Morri, Daily Telegraph crime editor (chair); Sue Bobbermein, Dymocks PR Manager; Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald crime book reviewer and scholar of crime on screen; and Denis Tracey, Director of BAD18.

The Festival will continue over the weekend with an exciting program featuring a wide range of speakers, including crime authors Candice Fox, Duncan McNab, Jack Heath, Dervla McTiernan, Anna Snoekstra and many more.

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