The 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 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 highly recommended as residential parking is strictly limited. For more information on transport, visit

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 3 to Sunday May 6, 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, for $1 (one-way). Please note: as this is a charter service, Opal cards are not accepted

Bus route

Buses leave from the Festival Bus Stop on Gibbons Street in Redfern, then travel to Carriageworks. Please refer to our maps to see the location of the Festival Bus Stops.


Bicycle parking is provided at Carriageworks.


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.


245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Bay 17
Bay 20
Bay 21
Bay 22
Bay 24
Bay 25

Track 8
Track 12
The Studio
Curiosity Stage
Blacksmith's Workshop

Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Riverside Theatres

Inner-City Venues

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain

City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Knox Street Bar
21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney
State Library of NSW, Gallery Room
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Building

Sydney Jewish Museum
148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Sydney Town Hall
483 George Street, Sydney

University of Sydney
Camperdown, Sydney

Suburban and Regional Venues

Ashfield Town Hall

Auburn Town Hall

Bankstown Arts Centre

Blacktown City Max Webber Library

Campbelltown HJ Daley Central Library

Castle Hill Library

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Chatswood Library on the Concourse
The Concourse Concert Hall

Concord Library

Ku-Ring-Gai Gordon Library

Hornsby Central Library

Hurstville Library

John Niland Scientia Building, NSW

Kogarah Library and Service Centre

Barry O'Keefe Library

Narellan Library

Parramatta Artists Studios
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Penrith City Library
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Margaret Martin Library

Ryde Library

Hawkesbury Central Library

Wollongong Art Gallery

Green Square Library

Sydney Writers’ Festival offers access to the Festival to regional audiences by streaming in arts centres, libraries and writers' groups across the country through the Live and Local program.