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Inaugural crime writers festival to be held in Sydney

A new writers festival celebrating the crime genre will be held in Sydney from 2-3 September 2017.

The two-day festival, BAD, is founded by academic Denis Tracey and writer Michael Duffy, and will explore ‘Sydney’s unique relationship with crime’.

Speakers will be drawn from the fields of crime-writing, film, investigative journalism and forensic psychology, including lawyers, judges and detectives.

International guest Lee Child will discuss his ‘Jack Reacher’ series in a session via Skype. Local authors include Nikki Gemmell, Caroline Overington, Michael Robotham, James Phelan and Michael Finnane.

The program features sessions on writing advice, trends in crime fiction, corruption in the NSW police force and a special screening of the film Goldstone, followed by a Q&A.

Director Tracey said in a statement: ‘Sydney is a city founded by criminals and their guards. Its convict culture helped shape egalitarian and larrikin Australia … BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival is an exploration of the dark side that is part of being human.’

For more information, visit the festival website here.


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