Behind a pristine harbour and blue skies, our city has always hummed with an underbelly of adventure and misadventure. In the early days of Sydney, the cobblestone streets were lined with vice and violence. History’s players were the crooks and cops, thugs and judges, mad women and missing people. Local authors Peter Doyle, Eleanor Limprecht and Anna Westbrook join Tom Wright to share true tales of the colourful characters who shaped this city’s sordid past.
Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
Murder is so hot right now. With real-life murder stories dominating popular culture, it seems we can’t get enough of the gory stuff. But what’s it like to spend your time writing about such dark subject matter? Novelists Anna Westbrook and Emily Maguire, and true crime writer Alecia Simmonds discuss their work and look at why crime and murder are such rich subjects for creative exploration in both fiction and non-fiction. Facilitated by Alyce McGovern.
Saturday 21 May 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay