Upcoming events



The next Sydney Writers' Festival will run from 20–26  May 2024.

The full 2024 Festival program will be announced in March 2024.

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events.

Please find the ticketing terms and conditions here

You can find the Privacy Policy here

Access information including details on Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned events, and venues fitted with a hearing loop system will be available once the Festival has been launched. Event pages include all access information. 

Festival events are one hour in duration unless otherwise stated.

Yes, you can get your book signed after a Festival event. 

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering for the 2024 Festival, please feel free to contact us and we will send you a reminder when applications open. 

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.

You are welcome to recommend an author for consideration. Please email your suggestions to info@swf.org.au. Due to the volume of suggestions, we are unable to respond to each one.

While publishers attend the 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.

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

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.

For any general inquiries, please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival by emailing  info@swf.org.au.

Many events are recorded each year for podcasts, but at this time there has been no decision made on which events will be published on the website. The best this to do is to keep an eye on our e-newsletter and follow SWF on your podcast app. Podcasts will be released throughout the year and there is a large library of past podcasts available at online or through various podcasts apps.

E-tickets are sent out one week prior to your event. If you do not receive your E-Ticket 48 hours out from your event, please email ticketing@swf.org.au or call the box office on 02 9256 4200 to get your ticket(s) arranged immediately.

Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Please call our box office on 02 9256 4200 to arrange a Companion ticket.

Accessibility seats are charged at a concession rate in all events and venues.

If you are unable to attend the Festival and want to cancel your tickets, please contact us on ticketing@swf.org.au or 02 9256 4200 and we will discuss your options with you.