Australian Crime All-Stars

Australian Crime All-Stars

Meet the local authors who are getting away with murder

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Presented by Sydney Writers' Festival

From parched paddocks to sleepy coastal towns, the bodies keep piling up – and Australian readers can’t get enough.

This panel event brings together some of Australia’s hottest local crime writers, with Sulari Gentill (The Mystery Writer), Dinuka McKenzie (Tipping Point) and Benjamin Stevenson (Everyone on this Train is a Suspect).

Dust off your Akubra for a thrilling chat about the outback noir genre and what makes Aussie crime fiction unique, with host Alex Adsett.


Sulari Gentill - Australian
Sulari Gentill is the author of the multi-award-winning crime series, The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world, and After She Wrote Him, for which she won the 2018 Ned Kelly Award. The Woman in the Library was released in 2022 and became a USA Today Bestseller, won the Crime Fiction Lover Award for Best Novel by an Independent Publisher (UK) and was an Edgar Award nominee. Her most recent release is The Mystery Writer.

Dinuka McKenzie - Australian
Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Torrent, won the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize and was published in February 2022. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers Unleashed Festival. She lives in Southern Sydney with her husband, two kids and their pet chicken.

Benjamin Stevenson - Australian
Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and murder mystery author. His third novel, Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, was a huge bestseller, sold in twenty-seven languages and is being adapted into a major HBO TV series. It was shortlisted for the Dymocks Book of the Year 2022 and the Australian Book Industry Awards General Fiction Book of the Year 2023 among others. His newest book, Everyone on this Train Is A Suspect, was released in October.

Alex Adsett - Australian
Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant with over 25-years' experience working in the publishing and bookselling industries. She has managed Alex Adsett Literary since 2008 and, as a consultant, has helped thousands of authors review and negotiate their publishing deals. As a literary agent, she represents over 40 authors and illustrators, including Melissa Lucashenko, Dinuka McKenzie, Amy Doak, Melanie Saward and many more.

Presented by Sydney Writers' Festival at Carriageworks


  • 23 May - 23 May, 24
  • Regular price $25.00 $18.00 Playwave Price

  • All Ages
  • Carriageworks
    245 Wilson St
    Eveleigh NSW 2015

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