Crime reporter and writer John Silvester 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.
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 investigative 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. He 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.
He 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.
Client Comments for John Silvester
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- Thank you and the Saxton team for arranging John Silvester on our behalf. His presentation was informative, funny and had our audience captivated for the duration. Afterwards he took questions and sold signed copies of his book which sold out in no time.
- John was excellent, he was very well received, professional and very generous with his time.
FAST (Finance & Systems Technology Pty Ltd)
- Very positive comments received – not one negative which is hard to achieve with a large mixed audience. Would highly recommend John as 'simply entertaining'.
Victorian Water Industry Association
- John was brilliant, very entertaining, the best speaker we have had so far, all our clients loved him. He is a great story teller and hilarious.
"I have used your company three times now and each time I have been extremely happy with the speakers and the back up organisation around their engagement right up to the event eve. You obviously know your business and know what speakers suit what events. You certainly know how to tailor for maximum effectiveness."
Australian Management Institute
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