It was a spectacular week

First of all I want to thank all of you for being part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. It’s been a spectacular week – one of the best yet - and we’ve had more people come to the events than ever before.

 There was so many magical moments from Kate Tempest’s phenomenal opening that everyone’s been talking about since, through to Hanya Yanagihara’s closing address was an incredibly powerful end to the Festival. Every word was so concise, poetic, and the structure, the beauty of her language and the way she wove in ideas and images was quite extraordinary. 

 What I loved seeing over the week, was all of the writers going to each other’s sessions, supporting each other and forming some fantastic friendships.  And it was great to see the festival-goers loving every bit, talking to each other, chatting about the sessions and absorbing the ideas. There really was something particularly special in the combination of people coming together.

Jemma Birrell,
Artistic Director


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