INTERVIEW: Excitement is building as the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival returns in under a week to the State Library of New South Wales between 2-5 December. From Rural Noir to Investigative Journalism to Cozy Crime to Indigenous perspectives on the criminal justice system, there will be plenty of diverse views and opinions from a star-studded guest list across crime fiction and true crime. The Festival’s artistic director, Catherine du Peloux Menagé, speaks to Therese Taylor for True Crime News Weekly about what audiences can expect.
EXCLUSIVE: At the time of his death almost 100 years ago, in 1923, artist Herbert Hepburn Calvert was lauded as “one of the best known painters of Australian birds.” Yet his whimsical but realistic depictions of this nation’s birdlife hid a much darker, tormented soul and criminal life. That ended with a supposed late-night fall in a busy Adelaide hotel while he likely happened to be travelling with a much younger but equally-as-tormented “artist” and convicted felon.
The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is back again this year with not even a dangerous Covid Crisis being able to kill it off, with weekly online talks featuring four best-selling female authors taking place all throughout September before the festival returns for live, in-person events in early December.
CRIME CULTURE: Journalist and author Jesse Fink spent two years of his life interviewing and befriending Luis Navia, one of the biggest cocaine traffickers in US history. A journey of redemption followed and an extraordinary untold story from one of the most hostile industries on earth. April Shepherd talked to both for True Crime News Weekly.