Our new Artistic Director

Michaela McGuire has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Sydney Writers' Festival. Michaela will take over the curation of the 2017 Festival, our 20th year. Michaela is the current Director and Co-CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne and the co-founder of the successful salon, Women of Letters. Read more about our new Artistic Director on our blog.

Children’s Festival of Moving Stories

Held over November and December, the Children’s Festival of Moving Stories features free events for primary and secondary schools across Greater Western Sydney and regional New South Wales.

We are thrilled to announce the return of Russ the Story Bus, who is travelling to Western Sydney and beyond, visiting schools in regional New South Wales for the first time this year. Russ has a dazzling new exterior, featuring illustrations by award-winning illustrator and author Shaun Tan.

Don't miss our dynamic program of Author Talks and Workshops running at local libraries across Western Sydney in November, led by some of Australia’s most exciting creative minds in children’s and young adult literature.

Make sure you check out Picture Gallery, an exhibition of works by contemporary Australian children’s book illustrators. Curated by Sydney Writers' Festival and WestWords.

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