Each year, Sydney Writers' Festival presents over 300 events, attracting audiences of over 100,000 to our gorgeous harbourside location and other venues. The heart of the Festival is at Walsh Bay in heritage wharves on Sydney Harbour. There are also events stretching across Sydney, from the Opera House and Sydney Town Hall, into suburban Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
We bring together writers from various forms and backgrounds, including the best contemporary novelists, screenwriters, musicians and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, and some of the world's leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists. With the finest writing and storytelling at its core, our programming is driven by the ideas and issues that animate all types of literature. Previous international guests include Gloria Steinem, Julian Barnes, Atul Gawande, Jonathan Franzen, Alan Cumming, Vince Gilligan, Alice Walker, Paul Muldoon, William Boyd, Helen Macdonald, Eleanor Catton, A.M. Homes, Roddy Doyle, Claire Messud, James Wood, Jeanette Winterson, Fatima Bhutto, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Hitchens and many more. Australian guests include Richard Flanagan, Helen Garner, Robert Dessaix, Kate Grenville, Alexis Wright, Tom Keneally, Kate McClymont, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Omar Musa and Ceridwen Dovey.
The Festival is a not-for-profit organisation, and as such, we aim to be accessible to a wide range of audiences. This objective sees us present many events for free during our May Festival, and was behind the 2015 launch of our Live and Local program, a new program that partners with local organisations to live-stream key Festival events into regional Australia.
Sydney Writers’ Festival also has a dynamic program of events throughout the year. In November 2016 we presented our third annual Children's Festival of Moving Stories, with free events for children and families across Western Sydney. We are committed to providing opportunities for children of all ages to engage with books and stories through a variety of literary experiences.
The next Sydney Writers' Festival will be held 22-28 May 2017 and the program will be announced in early April 2017.
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