In light of current public health advice regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and non-essential public gatherings of over 500 people, Patti Smith in Conversation with Paul Kelly at Sydney Town Hall has been cancelled. 

In this unprecedented situation, our customer service team is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and we greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding.

Our Box Office will be contacting ticket-holders and processing ticket returns within the next two weeks. 

If you have any queries, please contact our customer service team on (02) 9256 4200 during business hours. You can also email

We are very grateful for the loyalty and understanding of the Sydney Writers’ Festival community and wish everyone well during this time.

Read the full statement about the Sydney Writers' Festival 2020 cancellation here