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John Silvester

John Silvester’s knowledge and insights into the Underworld is incredible. His presentation is highly entertaining and humorus. “Sly” provides a unique perspective into the underworld world like you’ve never heard before.

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John Silvester Travels from VIC
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

John Silvester's Biography

Crime reporter and writer John Silvester (Sly of the Underworld) has written, edited and published more than 30 crime books - including the best selling Underbelly series. His work was used as the basis for the top rating Underbelly television series on Melbourne’s Gangland War.

 

John Silvester graduated from Latrobe University in 1978 and went on to work at the Sun and the Herald Sun. He was appointed Sun police reporter in 1980, Chief Police Reporter in 1981 and was an investigate reporter from 1986-1993. He then moved to the Age, for which he still writes. He is a crime commentator on Radio 3AW as Sly of the Underworld, was awarded an AJA-ASEAN scholarship to study crime and corruption in South East Asia and a News Limited exchange to work with the London Sunday Times Insight team.

 

He was a Walkley Award state finalist in 1988 and 1996, a national finalist in 2003 and a winner, for best use of the medium, in 2004. John Silvester has won numerous awards at the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards and the Victorian Law Foundation. He was awarded the Ned Kelly Award in 2000 for the Best True Crime Book (for 'Underbelly') and the 2005 Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

He has given evidence at criminal Royal Commissions and is regularly interviewed by the electronic media as an expert on crime in Victoria.

 

John Silvester is a regular speaker at police/legal functions including the Police Officers College, homicide squad, arson squad, surveillance branch, special operations group and the criminal bar association. He also does extensive work as a speaker for corporate groups in the financial sector, major law firms, media companies and sports associations.

 

John’s knowledge and insights into the Underworld is incredible. His presentation is highly entertaining and humorus. “Sly” provides a unique perspective into the underworld world like you’ve never heard before.