Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the 2018 Sydney Writers' Festival?

The 2018 Sydney Writers' Festival will run 30 April–6 May.

When will the program be announced? 

From 15 March 2018, the Festival program will be available on this website, and on 17 March, it will be released in The Sydney Morning Herald as a liftout in ‘Spectrum’. The program will be available in bookshops and libraries throughout Sydney.

Where does the Festival take place?

Our 2018 Festival Precinct is located in the heart of Eveleigh at Carriageworks and nearby at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale. The vibrant multi-arts centre, Carriageworks, housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, is the home of our new Festival Hub. Find out more about the 2018 Festival Precinct, here.

Further events will take place at Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, and Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The regional and suburban program will take place across Sydney and beyond – as far north as Hornsby, west as the Blue Mountains, and as far south as Wollongong.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events. Please visit our ticketing information page here for booking FAQs.

Where do I find access information?

For details on Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned event 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.

How do I get to the 2018 Festival Precinct?

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (a nine-minute walk from Redfern Station and a 10-minute walk from Macdonaldtown Station). The Seymour Centre is located on the corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale (a nine-minute walk from Redfern 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 reach Little Eveleigh Street, turn left and continue to Wilson Street. Continue on Wilson Street for seven minutes until you arrive at Carriageworks.

Walking from Redfern Station to the Seymour Centre

Walk out of the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. Continue on Lawson Street until you arrive at Abercrombie Street, turn left, cross the road at the lights and turn right onto Ivy Street. Follow Ivy Street as it continues onto Blackwattle Creek Lane, which is inside the University of Sydney. Continue along the lane to the Seymour Centre.

Is there a Festival shuttle bus?

Yes, our Festival bus service operates from Thursday May 3 to Sunday May 6, and travels between the Festival Precinct venues (Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre) 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, for $1 (one-way). Please note: as this is a charter service, Opal cards are not accepted.

Is there parking at the Festival Precinct?

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 and a three-minute walk from the Seymour Centre. 

Limited valet parking is available. Please contact: Gieves Valet Parking on 1300 880 839, or at info@gieves.com.au for booking details.

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

Please visit our Information Booths located at Carriageworks or the Seymour Centre, 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 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 stock of books by authors across the entire program – including latest releases and writers’ earlier works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and more. 

Can I get my book signed?

Yes. Authors participating in Festival events will be available to sign copies of their work at the Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshops directly after their sessions.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Each year Sydney Writers' Festival recruits a team of more than 300 volunteers, without whom the Festival would not be possible. For more information on how to volunteer, click here.

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 the 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 suggestion, we are unable to respond to each suggestion.

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 by 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 authors are through their publisher or agents.

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.