Sydney Writers’ Festival Statement on Junot Díaz

Media Release, 10.15am Saturday May 5 2018.

Following the allegations of inappropriate and aggressive behaviour towards Zinzi Clemmons and other women, Mr Díaz has withdrawn from his remaining sessions at Sydney Writers’ Festival.

In his recent New Yorker essay, Mr Díaz wrote, “Eventually the past finds you”. As for so many in positions of power, the moment to reckon with the consequences of past behaviour has arrived.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is a platform for the sharing of powerful stories: urgent, necessary and sometimes difficult. Such conversations have never been more timely. We remain committed to ensuring they occur in a supportive and safe environment for our authors and audiences alike.

Ticketholders for Junot Díaz's events have been contacted.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Festival's Publicity Manager, Benython Oldfield.

Phone: 0410355790