Patti Smith in Conversation with Patti Smith FAQs

How can I buy tickets to Patti Smith in Conversation with Paul Kelly?

A number of sections have now sold out (including the Premium section stalls and the standard General Admission section stalls). Currently (7pm, AEST),  there is very limited availability in the Gallery General admission sections. 

I already have tickets to this event but I would like to speak to someone in the box office

You can contact a customer service representative by phone on 02 9256 4200 (during business hours) or by emailing 

How much do tickets to Patti Smith in Conversation with Paul Kelly cost?

All tickets are general admission. Each package includes 1 copy of the Patti Smith's Year of the Monkey and 1 ticket. Once a package has been selected, you can add more seats to your order. 

What is a General Admission Package?

A General Admission Package is $55 and includes 1 copy of Year of the Monkey and one General Admission ticket. Additional General Admission section seats are $30 (only available once a General Admission Package has been selected).

What is a Premium Package?

Please note: Premium Packages are now SOLD OUT 

A Premium Package is $65 and includes 1 copy of Year of the Monkey and 1 Premium section ticket. Additional Premium section seats are $40 (only available once a Premium Package has been selected). You are guaranteed seating in the first 10 rows of Sydney Town Hall if you purchase a Premium Package. 

How do I collect my copy of Year of the Monkey?

Your copy of Year of the Monkey will be available for collection from the Sydney Town Hall pop-up bookshop (run by Gleebooks) on the night. Ticket buyers will receive a pre-show email with details about book collection. 

Will Patti Smith be signing books on the night? 

Patti Smith will not be signing books.

How long is this event?

This event will run for approximately 80 minutes.

Sydney Writers' Festival 2020 FAQs

What are the dates of the 2020 Sydney Writers' Festival?

The 2020 Sydney Writers' Festival will run from 27 April–3 May.

When will the program be announced? 

The 2020 Festival will be announced on 12 March 2020. Sign-up to receive the program announcement and other Festival news.

Where does the Festival take place?

Our 2020 Festival Precinct is located at Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre. 

Further events will take place at Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, and Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The regional and suburban program will take place across Sydney and beyond – as far north as Hornsby, west as the Blue Mountains, and as far south as Wollongong.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events.

Where do I find access information?

For details on Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned event and venues fitted with a hearing loop system, please visit our access information page.

How long do Sydney Writers’ Festival events go for?

Festival events are one hour in duration unless otherwise stated.

Can I get my book signed?

Yes. Authors participating in Festival events will be available to sign copies of their work at the Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshops directly after their sessions. Books by participating authors will be available for purchase. 

Can I volunteer?

Visit our Volunteers page for more information.

I am a writer. Can I present my work at the Festival?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Each year, Sydney Writers' Festival receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions from authors wishing to speak at the Festival, or putting forward ideas for the program. We are not able to respond to the submissions or return materials sent for consideration.

Can I recommend an author for the Festival?

You are welcome to recommend an author for consideration through our online form. Due to the volume of suggestions, we are unable to respond to each one.

I am a writer. Can I present my work to publishers during Sydney Writers' Festival?

While publishers attend Sydney Writers' Festival, the Festival is not the appropriate avenue to present your book to publishers.

We recommend you approach publishers through the usual channels, either by submitting your manuscript directly or by engaging a literary agent.

I am a writer. How do I get my work published?

If you need advice on getting your book published, please visit the websites of the Australian Society of Authors or Australian Publishers Association.

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

No. For privacy reasons, we are unable to pass on contact details for authors, and we cannot pass on messages. The best way to contact authors is through their publisher or agents.

Who do I contact if I have a general inquiry?

For any general inquiries, please contact Sydney Writers’ Festival by phone on 02 9252 7729.