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BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival 2023

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Welcome to BAD 2023 at the State Library of NSW! We have FIVE days filled with crime fiction, true crime and social justice events, crime, walks, and two writing workshops. Come and hear the writers you love and meet new favourites.

We look forward to seeing all our BAD friends from Wednesday, 1st November, to Sunday, 5th November. On Friday night, join us for a drink, some fun, and to find out the winner of the Danger Prize for 2022! If you can’t be at the State Library, you can join us online. And on Saturday night, participate in a Whodunnit? and help us solve a murder mystery from 5.30-7.30 pm.



  • Zoom links will be distributed to Livestream ticket holders during the week of the festival.
  • ONLY sessions in the Dixson Room and Metcalfe Auditorium at the State Library of NSW will be live-streamed, excluding evening events.
  • Recordings will NOT be available to watch immediately after the festival if you cannot watch live.
    • Every live stream will be recorded, but due to the live streaming services available at the venue, they cannot be accessed immediately, and it will take several weeks for those recordings to be edited and uploaded, after which they will be available to the public to watch on our YouTube channel.


Ticketholders who purchase in-person tickets to four daytime sessions in one day will receive a State Library Bookshop voucher for $20!

To claim your Book Voucher/s, select the free Book Voucher ticket on the booking page. Suppose you purchase in-person tickets to four daytime sessions on multiple days. In that case, you can claim the corresponding number of vouchers (e.g. if you book tickets to 4x Thursday and 4x Saturday sessions, you can select 2x Book Voucher tickets).

NOTE: Book vouchers MUST be redeemed at the State Library of NSW Bookshop DURING 1st to 5th November festival dates. Vouchers cannot be used after the festival has passed. If you select Book Vouchers and are ineligible, they will be voided.

The Book Vouchers will be held at the festival info desk for collection during the Festival - look for us near the State Library of NSW Bookshop.


Please be sure to take care when booking your tickets to ensure that none of the sessions you choose has conflicting times - the festival has at least two events at any one time, and unfortunately, you cannot be everywhere at once!

Please choose your tickets carefully and check the dates and times, as we do not offer refunds. If you can no longer attend sessions to which you purchased tickets, we may be able to swap your tickets to different sessions (if they are not sold out) or change the name on your order if you would like to gift your tickets to a friend.


BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival and the State Library of NSW will strictly comply with the most up-to-date rules from the NSW Government regarding masks and physical distancing at the time of the festival.

For the Library's COVID-19 Safety Plan, please click here, and for their Special Conditions of Entry, please click here.


All our events are held at the State Library in the following rooms:

  • The Metcalfe Auditorium in the Macquarie Street Building (entrance via Macquarie Street
  • The Dixson Room in the Mitchell Building (entrance via Shakespeare Place)
  • The Gallery Room in the Mitchell Building (entrance via Shakespeare Place)
  • The Library Bar on the rooftop of the Mitchell Building (entrance via Hospital Road)

Please read the venue name of each ticket carefully when booking your tickets.

Visit the State Library of NSW website if you'd like to plan your visit or look at their accessibility information ahead of the festival.

If you have any questions about the festival or problems with the booking process, please email us at

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