Download the 2019 Program Guide

From 29 April to 5 May, hundreds of the world’s most exciting authors will gather in Sydney to address the Festival theme, Lie to Me. They will discuss the white lies and deceptions that are necessary for survival, as well as malicious lies that are spun with darker intent. They’ll explore the ways that writing can be used to deceive others in an increasingly post-truth world, and look at the lies that we tell ourselves, each other, and those we collectively tell as a country.

We hope you can join us for a week of literary appreciation and intellectual stimulation. 

To download a copy of the 2019 Sydney Writers' Festival program as a PDF, please click here

Pick up a copy of the 2019 Program Guide

Our 2019 Program Guide will be available at the following places over the next week. 

Please get in touch with the venues before visiting to make sure there is stock available.

Sydney City

  • Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay
  • Sydney Visitors Centre, The Rocks
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Science House
  • New York University
  • Customs House Library
  • Dendy Circular Quay
  • State Library of NSW, Library Shop
  • State Library of NSW, The Galleries
  • Historic Houses Trust
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • City Recital hall
  • BDO
  • Dymocks George Street
  • Editor Group
  • Pauline Books Media
  • Kinokuniya
  • Abbey’s Bookshop
  • Sydney Town hall
  • City of Sydney
  • Sydney Visitor Centre, Darling Harbour
  • Basement Book Discounts

Inner City

  • Carriageworks
  • Seymour Centre
  • Knox Street Bar
  • The Shortlist
  • Café Ella
  • Dymocks Broadway
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • ABC Ultimo Centre
  • ABC TV Studios
  • UTS
  • 2SER
  • Macleay College
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Company B belvoir
  • Title
  • Surry Hills Library
  • Oscar & Friends Booksellers
  • Ariel Booksellers
  • The Bookshop Darlinghurst
  • Verona Cinema
  • Berkelow Books Paddington
  • Ampersand cafe & Bookstore
  • Chauvel Cinema
  • Metro Screen
  • Sydney Jewish Museum
  • Kings Cross Library
  • Pott’s Point Bookshop

Inner West

  • St Peters Library
  • Marrickville Library
  • Gleebooks Dulwich Hill
  • Ashfield Town Hall
  • Ashfield Municipal Library
  • Burwood Library
  • Dymocks Burwood
  • Five Dock Library
  • Haberfield Library
  • Feminist Bookshop
  • NSW Writers Centre
  • Cafe Berlin
  • Kaffeine
  • Balmain Library
  • Hill of Content Bookshop
  • Bray’s Books Balmain
  • Berkelow Books Leichardt
  • Leichhardt Library
  • Stanmore Library
  • Enmore Theatre
  • Better Read Than Dead
  • Elizabeth’s Second Hand Books
  • Pentimento Papeterie
  • Modern Times
  • United States Study Centre
  • University of Sydney
  • Seymour Theatre
  • Manning Bar
  • Gleebooks Glebe
  • Sappho Books
  • The Old Clare
  • Glebe Libraries
  • Green Square Library
  • Newtown Library
  • Ultimo Library
  • Pyrmont Link
  • Dendy Newtown
  • Palace Cinema
  • Golden Age
  • Palace Central
  • Waterloo Library

Eastern Suburbs

  • FBI Radio
  • Waterloo Library
  • Mascot Library
  • Botany Bay Central Library
  • UNSW Bookshop
  • UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Randwick Library
  • Australian Film Radio and Television School
  • Waverley Library
  • Harry Hartog
  • Gertrude & Alice Cafe & Bookstore
  • Berkelow Books Rose Bay
  • Oscar & Friends Booksellers
  • Double Bay Library
  • Lesley Mackay’s Bookshop

North

  • Sydney Writer’s centre
  • Blues Point Bookshop
  • Stanton Library
  • Constant Reader Bookshop
  • Greenwich Library
  • Lane Cove Library
  • Dymocks Lane Cove
  • The Burns Bay Bookery
  • SBS television
  • Bellbird Books
  • Artarmon Library
  • Willoughby City Library
  • Willoughby Council
  • Dymocks Chatswood
  • The Concourse
  • Lindfield Library
  • Lindfield Bookshop
  • Ku Ring Gai Library
  • Turramurra Library
  • Novella Fine Books, Cards & Gifts
  • Berkelow Books Hornsby
  • Hornsby Central Library
  • St Ives Library
  • Books and Beyond
  • Book Review
  • Forestville Library
  • Belrose Library
  • Glen St Theatre
  • Dymocks Neutral Bay
  • Berkelow Books Balgowlah
  • Pages & Pages Bookshop
  • Mosman Library
  • Oracle Books
  • Desire Books
  • Manly Library
  • Humphrey’s Books
  • Harry Hartog Brookvale
  • Dymocks Brookvale
  • Warringah Mall Library
  • Dee Why/Warringah Library
  • Novella
  • Pittwater/Mona Vale Library
  • Berkelow Books Mona Vale
  • Bookochino
  • Beachside Bookshop
  • Gladesville Library
  • Ryde Library
  • North Ryde Library
  • Harry Hartog
  • Macquarie University, Dept of English
  • Epping Library
  • The Children’s Bookshop
  • Pennant Hills Library
  • Carlingford Library
  • Eastwood Library
  • West Ryde Library

West

  • Strathfield Library
  • Lidcombe Library
  • Regents Park Library
  • Auburn Library
  • Merrylands Library
  • Granville Library
  • Granville Town Hall
  • Parramatta City Library
  • Parramatta City Council
  • Dymocks Westfield Parramatta
  • Parramatta Artist Studio
  • Aquarius Rising
  • Parramatta Visitor Info Centre
  • Riverside Theatre
  • Information and Cultural Exchange
  • Wentworthville Library
  • Baulkham Hills Library
  • Castle Hill Library and Community Centre
  • Lalor Park Library
  • Blacktown City Library
  • Blacktown Arts Centre
  • Campsie Library
  • Lakemba Library
  • Bankstown Arts Centre
  • Bankstown Youth Development Service
  • Bankstown City Council
  • Bankstown Central Library
  • Riverwood Library
  • University of Western Sydney (Bankstown campus)
  • Casula Powerhouse
  • Pilot Pen
  • Liverpool City Library
  • Cabramatta Whitlam Library
  • Fairfield Library
  • Smithfield Library
  • Wetherhill Park Library
  • St Clair Library
  • St Mary’s Library
  • Univesity of Western Sydney Penrith Campus
  • Dymocks Penrith
  • Penrith City Library
  • Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

 South

  • Rockdale City Library
  • Kogarah Library
  • Hurstville Library
  • Bloomin’ Books
  • The Book Station
  • Best Little Bookshop in Town
  • Berkelow Books Cronulla