Welcome to the 2019 Festival Hub

The home of our Festival Hub, Carriageworks will come to life in May for a week of literary appreciation and intellectual stimulation. From literary giants to some of the world’s leading public intellectuals, our remarkable line-up of speakers will take to the stage across Carriageworks’ nine venues to explore this year’s theme, Lie to Me.

Start the day with coffee and conversation as journalists from The Sydney Morning Herald discuss what’s making headlines with an international Festival guest (Coffee and Papers with SMH, 9am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Between events, browse our bookshops, settle in for a reading session with a coffee or catch up on conversations with friends as you enjoy delicious food from around the world at the Festival pop-up eateries. For a full recharge, head to Chapter One by Cook and Waiter for a relaxed, convenient and nourishing meal paired with a glass of wine or beer.

From the first event of the day to Late Nights at Carriageworks, the Festival Hub has everything you need to submerge yourself in the 2019 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Travelling to the 2019 Festival Hub

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (a nine-minute walk from Redfern Station and a 10-minute walk from Macdonaldtown Station). 

Catching public transport is highly recommended as residential parking is strictly limited. For more information on transport, visit transportnsw.info

Walking from Redfern Station to Carriageworks

Walk out of the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. When you reach Little Eveleigh Street, turn left and continue to Wilson Street. Continue on Wilson Street for seven minutes until you arrive at Carriageworks.

Festival Shuttle Bus

Our Festival bus service operates from Thursday May 2 to Sunday May 5, and travels between the Festival Hub and Redfern Station. The buses are wheelchair accessible and depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 6pm. You can buy your bus ticket from a volunteer when boarding ($1 one-way). Please note: as this is a charter service, Opal cards are not accepted.


Bicycle parking is provided at Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre.


Street Parking is limited in Eveleigh and Chippendale. Casual parking is available at Shepherd Street Carpark in the evenings and on the weekend. The carpark is a seven-minute walk from Carriageworks.