Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival?

The 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival will run from 26 April–2 May.

When will the program be announced? 

The Festival program will be available on this website from 7pm Thursday 11 March 2021. It will be released in The Sydney Morning Herald as a lift-out in Spectrum on Saturday 13 March. The program will be available in bookshops and libraries throughout Sydney. 

Where does the Festival take place?

The 2021 Festival takes place at Carriageworks, our Festival home in the heart of Eveleigh.

Further events will take place at Sydney Town Hall; City Recital Hall; Riverside Theatres at Parramatta; The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood; and venues across the city. 

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events. In 2021, free events will require bookings this year as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

Please visit our ticketing information page here for booking FAQs.

Do I need to book for free events? 

Free events will require bookings this year as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. Please refer to individual event listings for booking information. I would like to make a group booking. How many tickets can I buy in one transaction. 

Can I make group bookings?

A group booking can be made through our website and you can book a maximum of 10 tickets in one transaction. Should you wish to book more than 10 tickets, you will need to make multiple transactions. 

Where do I find information about COVID safety?

For more information about our safety measures, visit our Stay Covid Safe page.

Where do I find access information?

For details on Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned events and venues fitted with a hearing loop system, please visit our access information page. For information about booking access tickets, visit our booking information page. 

Can I watch or listen to any Festival events online?

Sydney Writers’ Festival has a range of events for you to enjoy remotely.

A selection of Festival events will be live streamed to regional locations Australia-wide as part of our Live & Local program.

Enjoy a night at the library from home with our reimagined digital iteration of the Festival’s beloved Suburban and Regional Library Program.

Festival workshops will be delivered online (excluding Sweatshop Workshop: Jamie Marina Lau).

A selection of events will be made publicly available as available as videos after the Festival.

And subscribe to our podcast channel by searching for Sydney Writers' Festival on all major podcast platforms to be notified of releases after the Festival. 

How do I get to the 2021 Festival Precinct?

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. This is a 10-minute walk from Redfern Station, City Road bus stops and Macdonaldtown Station.

Catching public transport is strongly recommended as residential parking in the area 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 arrive at Little Eveleigh Street, turn left and continue on until you reach Wilson Street on your left. Continue on Wilson Street for approximately seven minutes until you arrive at Carriageworks.

Is there a Festival shuttle bus? 

The Festival shuttle buses depart approximately every 15–20 minutes between 9am and 6pm. In lieu of payment, we welcome tap-and-go donations (using credit and debit cards) onboard. These donations go towards ensuring the Festival is an accessible event. The Festival shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

Is there parking at the Festival Precinct?

Street parking is limited in Eveleigh. Casual parking is available at Shepherd Street Carpark in the evenings and on the weekend. The carpark is approximately a 10-minute walk from Carriageworks.

Bicycle parking is available at Carriageworks.

Where can I go for assistance or information during Festival week?

Please visit our Information Booths located at Carriageworks, or talk to one of our friendly volunteers.

How long do events go for?

Festival events are one hour in duration, unless otherwise stated.

Can I buy books at the Festival?

Stop by the Gleebooks Festival bookshop in our Festival Hub (Bay 25) at Carriageworks, or the Gleebooks pop-up stores that are located at each of Sydney Writers’ Festival’s main venues, and purchase your favourite titles.

Gleebooks have books by authors featured across the entire program – including latest releases and earlier works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and more. 

Can I get my book signed?

Please check back on our Stay Covid Safe page for the latest information about book signings. 

Can I volunteer?

All volunteer positions for the 2021 Festival have been filled. Please get in touch again in 2022.

I am a writer. Can I present my work at the Festival?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Each year, the Festival receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions from authors wishing to speak at the Festival, or putting forward ideas for the program. We are unable to respond to these submissions or return materials sent for consideration.

Can I recommend an author for the Festival? 

You are welcome to recommend an author for consideration through our online form. Due to the volume of suggestions, we are unable to respond to each one.

I am a writer. Can I present my work to publishers during Sydney Writers' Festival?

While publishers attend 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 engaging a literary agent.

I am a writer. How do I get my work published?

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

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program? 

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 an author is through their publisher or agent.

Who do I contact if I have a general enquiry?

For any general enquiries, please contact Sydney Writers’ Festival by phone on 02 9252 7729.