Welcome to the 2014 Sydney Writers' Festival.

Sydney Writers’ Festival marks that special time of the year when the city is transformed by readers and writers. Down at Walsh Bay the atmosphere is electric, with thousands of book lovers soaking up a world of ideas.

This year the Festival explores writing that challenges, provokes and questions our concepts of culture, history and identity. Over 400 authors bring their insight and knowledge, their creativity and contemplation, to help us see life from different perspectives. Pushing all kinds of boundaries, the writers will make you laugh, bring you to tears and lead you to places you’ve never been. They will educate, enlighten and expose the truth, the lies and the grey bits in between. 

Creator of Breaking Bad, the almighty Vince Gilligan, comes to Australia for the first time, with an early Festival event on 1 May. Hailed as “the best of the 21st century” by Stephen King, Breaking Bad is one of the most iconic shows of recent times, an epic parable of pride and power with arguably the greatest anti-hero in television history. Read more >

Program Out Now!

Sydney Writers' Festival 2014 Program cover imageWe are thrilled to share the 2014 Sydney Writers' Festival program with you.

The full program of events and writers is available here on our website. Tickets are on sale now.

If you miss the paper on the weekend, copies of the program will be available from bookshops, libraries and venues from next week.

We hope you enjoy perusing the program, planning your perfect Festival week, and we look forward to seeing you from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 May.

A downloadable PDF of the Festival program is available here. You can also pick up a copy of the guide from these venues.

Your Festival Online

Socialmedia icons for Sydney Writers' FestivalOnline is where you'll find everything you need to plan your Festival week. You can create your own personal schedule by clicking 'Add to My Schedule' from the events you like and share your Festival picks with friends on Facebook and Twitter, just by clicking the 'Tweet' or 'Like' buttons on event pages.

We'll be sending out our e-news every week between now and the Festival, so make sure you sign up. We'd also love you to join us on Facebook and Twitter to chat with others about the authors you most want to see and get up-to-the-minute Festival news. If you're tweeting, don't forget to use the hashtag #swf2014.




Funders and partners of Sydney Writers' Festival 2014