Babies found in suitcases, suicide brides and Australia’s first serial killer are among the stories unearthed by true crime author and sociologist Tanya Bretherton. She exposes the world of young and raw Sydney in the early 20th century, revealing some of the city’s most hidden true crime tales. Tanya will discuss with Bianca Nogrady the cases and research that inspired Tanya’s three true crime books, and the gritty and grim Sydney they unveil.

Presented with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

Tanya Bretherton (Australian)

Tanya Bretherton

Tanya Bretherton is the author of three true crime books: The Suitcase Baby, The Suicide Bride and The Killing Streets. Tanya has a PhD in sociology with special interests in narrative life history and social history. Her first book, The Suitcase Baby, was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award, the Danger Prize and the Waverley Library Award, ‘the Nib’. Her second book, The Suicide Bride, was shortlisted for the Danger Prize.

Bianca Nogrady (Australian)

Bianca Nogrady

Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science journalist, author, and broadcaster. In more than a decade of freelance reporting, her work has appeared in outlets including Nature, The Atlantic, Guardian Australia, Undark, MIT Technology Review, The BMJ, Australian Geographic, Scientific American, the ABC and BBC. She is the author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death.