Whether you’re a literature lover, news junkie or a YA fan, Sydney Writers’ Festival has an event for you – in fact, we have more than 130. We’ve highlighted the ones we think you’ll like most so you’re not here until midnight planning your event schedule (though we think that’s a great way to spend an evening).

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A Message from our Artistic Director

If you’re after some direction, why not take it from the person who knows the Festival program best. Read Artistic Director Michael Williams' message

2021 Podcast 

Annabel Crabb and Michael Williams join forces on the SWF Podcast. Listen in to find our what events they want you to know about. 

2021 Guest Curators: Nayuka Gorrie and Michael Robotham 

Nayuka Gorrie and Michael Robotham bring their incisive eyes to the program this year with sessions that invite us into the world of writers: their perspectives, their challenges, their truths. Read more about their curated events. 

Festival highlights

For this year’s biggest names and not-to-be-missed galas, check out our Festival highlights.

Curiosity Lectures 

Some of the Festival’s most inquisitive minds deliver lectures on eclectic topics that spark their curiosity. From Australia’s whimsical wildlife wonders to the untapped magic of mycelium, our speakers guide you through unexpected territory and probe the status quo. See what strange topics await you in our Curiosity Lectures Series

Family Day

On Sunday May 2, roll on up to Carriageworks for the marvellous magic of Family Day, a riotous celebration of storytelling and creativity that will captivate kids of all ages.

There are three unique Family Day spaces at Carriageworks, all offering their own kind of literary fun. Don’t miss a line-up of dazzling events on the Family Stage and talks from two of Australia’s favourite children’s authors at Track 12. And the Big Backyard returns on from 10am to 4pm with free activities that will whisk kids away into a world of wonder.

Check out our Family Program events

All-Day YA

On Saturday May 1, we’re delighted to bring young people and their favourite authors together again at Carriageworks to share stories of resilient teens navigating love, loss and even the afterlife. And don’t miss a special evening event where beloved YA authors relect on the characters they love most.

See what epic adventures, devastating romance and magical realms from the world of YA  await you with our All-Day YA events