Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the 2022 Sydney Writers' Festival?

The 2022 Sydney Writers' Festival will run from 16–22 May, with two special events on Thursday 26 May. 

Where can I access the program? 

The Festival program will be available on this website from 7pm Thursday 24 March 2022. It will also be released in The Sydney Morning Herald as a lift-out on Saturday 26 March. The program will be available in bookshops and libraries throughout Sydney. You can also download a PDF version of the program

Where does the Festival take place?

The 2022 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; and venues across the city. 

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events. Please refer to the event webpage and the Booking Information webpage for further information about purchasing tickets.  

Can I use a Dine & Discover NSW voucher to purchase tickets?

Yes. Sydney Writers' Festival is accepting Dine & Discover bookings exclusively over the phone. Please contact our ticketing office on (02) 9256 4200 to apply your voucher towards your preferred event/s. For more information, visit the Service NSW website.

Do I need to book for free events? 

Free events at Carriageworks are general admission and do not require bookings (with the exception of ABC RN and ABC Sydney events).

Please refer to individual event listings for booking information for free events in other venues.

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?

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

A selection of Festival workshops will also be delivered online.

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 2022 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? 

Our wheelchair-accessible Festival shuttle bus operates every 15–20 minutes between 9am and 6pm from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May, and travels between Carriageworks and Redfern Station. Buses set off from the Festival Bus Stop (Stand A) on Gibbons Street in Redfern. In lieu of payment, we welcome tap-and-go donations onboard. These donations help ensure the Festival is an accessible event

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 Carriageworks foyer, 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?

Yes, authors will be signing books after their events.

Can I volunteer?

All volunteer positions for the 2022 Festival have been filled. Please get in touch again in 2023.

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 by emailing info@swf.org.au. 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 or email info@swf.org.au.