Do I need to buy tickets to attend SWF events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events. Tickets to paid events can be bought on this website. Paid events do sell out quickly so we recommend you buy your tickets in advance.

Admission to free events is on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to arrive early as seats are limited. Bookings are required for a number of free sessions. For these sessions, you will see ‘Free, booking essential’ on the event page.

How much are tickets?

Prices vary depending on the event you wish to attend, and a single booking fee applies per booking transaction through Sydney Writers’ Festival. Please check event webpages for individual pricing information, or call our box office on 02 9256 4200.

Do I need to book tickets for a free event?

Most of our free events are drop-in with no bookings required. However, bookings are required for a number of free sessions. For these sessions, you will see ‘Free, bookings essential’ on the event page.

How do I buy tickets?

Ticketed events at the Festival Precinct (Carriageworks), City Recital Hall and Sydney Town Hall can be purchased at You can also book over the phone through the Sydney Writers’ Festival Box Office.

Sydney WritersFestival Box Office
02 9256 4200 (9am–5pm, Monday to Friday)

Tickets for events at City Recital Hall can also be purchased via the City Recital Hall box office, either online at, by phone on 02 8256 2222 or in person at 2–12 Angel Place, Sydney.

For all other events, please refer to individual web pages for booking information.

How do I best navigate the program on

You can filter by Year, Date, Time, Venue (including Festival Precinct, City, Parramatta and Suburban & Regional), Type (including Curiosity Lectures, Workshops, All-Day YA and Family Program) and Genre. You can also search directly for a particular event title. All categories are available from the menu program page.

Do I need an account to buy tickets via

Yes. Once you have an account, you will be able to purchase tickets online, save bookmarked events to your account (look for the My Events symbol on the top of each webpage) and print a schedule of your events.

I dont have a Sydney WritersFestival account

To create a new account, register here. Please remember your email and password for future reference. When you log-in next time, your username is your email address.

I receive the SWF E-Newsletter, do I already have an account?

You are half-way there. Please select ‘retrieve your password’ here to finalise your account set-up.

I already have an account but haven't logged-in for some time

If you can’t remember your account password, select ‘retrieve your password’ here to reset your account password.

If you have any questions or experience any troubles registering, please don't hesitate to call our box office on 02 9256 4200 during business hours.

Can I print a schedule of my My Events?

Your bookmarked events will carry across to your My Events page. Here, you can easily print a schedule of your events (this can also be saved as a PDF). Please log-in to your account to save these events to your account/purchase tickets.

Can I buy tickets on the day?

Yes, subject to availability. Visit the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office at Carriageworks or the box office of the venue of the event you are attending. We recommend booking online to avoid box office queues. Tickets are available to purchase online until the event starts (subject to availability).

Event Box Offices

The Festival Hub Box Office will operate at Carriageworks at the following times:

  • Saturday 27 April–Monday 29 April: 10am–4pm
  • Tuesday 30 April–Sunday 5 May: 9am until the last event of the day

A temporary box office will operate at Sydney Town Hall (from one hour before each event) for ticket purchases to:

  • Antony Beevor: Arnhem; Insiders Live at Sydney Writers’ Festival; Aaron Blabey: The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn; Simon Schama: Wordy; and Lie To Me: An Evening of Storytelling.

Am I eligible for a concession price?

Concession prices are available for children under the age of 16, full-time students, Australian Health Care Card holders and Centrelink pension cardholders. Proof of concession eligibility is required at point of sale and upon entering venues.

What happens if my tickets haven’t arrived in the post?

If you selected to have your tickets posted to you, they should arrive within 14 business days. If you have still not received your tickets after this time, please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival Box Office.

Ticket Collection

If you purchased your tickets from the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office and selected ‘venue pick-up’, your tickets will be available for collection from the venue of your first event, from one hour beforehand.

Print at Home Tickets

If you chose to receive your tickets via email, you must print your E-Ticket for valid entry into the event. Tickets on mobile devices will not accepted.

Gift Certificates 

Spoil someone you love with a Sydney Writers' Festival Gift Voucher. Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and can be redeemed from the Sydney Writers' Festival Box Office and website. Purchase a Gift Voucher here.

Booking Access Tickets

Sydney Writers’ Festival strives to make its events available for all to enjoy. Please contact us by phone on 02 9256 4200 or email at when making access bookings or enquires.

All Festival venues are wheelchair accessible. 

To book accessible seats for events at Carriageworks, Green Square Library and Sydney Town Hall, please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival Box Office on 02 9256 4200. To book accessible seats for events at the City Recital Hall, please contact the City Recital Hall box office on 02 8256 2222 or in person at 2 Angel Place. For all other events, please refer to the individual event listings for event booking details.

Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office directly on 02 9256 4200 for assistance with your booking.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9256 4200. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9256 4200. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9256 4200.

For more details on the Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned event and venues fitted with a hearing loop system, please visit our access information page.

Can I refund or exchange my tickets?

Sydney Writers’ Festival regrets that it is not possible to refund completed bookings, except as required by law or in accordance with the LPA Ticketing Code of Conduct. Exchanges are only permitted to another performance of the same event. Any exchanges must be made at the original point of sale and may be subject to exchange fees and availability.

What happens if I lose my tickets?

If the event has reserved seating then a lost ticket pass can be issued to you, as we know where you were to be seated. If your tickets were for a General Admission performance, please note they cannot be replaced.

What happens if I am running late for an event? Do I get a refund on my ticket?

Being late affects the participants and the rest of the audience. Sydney Writers’ Festival reserves the right to exclude latecomers to certain events or to admit them only during a suitable break in the proceedings. Check the time on the ticket and plan ahead. Sydney Writers’ Festival regrets it is not possible to refund a missed event.

Fees & Charges

The ticket prices listed on the website are inclusive of GST and credit card charges. Transaction fees do apply.

Program changes

Every effort has been made to ensure program details are correct; however, details are subject to change where necessary and without notice. Please refer to our Changes page on

Ticket Terms and Conditions of Sale

1. The right of admission is reserved by Venue’s management. 2. The right is reserved to vary, substitute or withdraw advertised programs, artists, venue and seating arrangements as necessary. 3. This Ticket is only valid only when purchased from an authorised agent. 4. Generally, there is no right to refund or exchange except as required by law, and/or as provided in the Industry Ticketing Code of Practice. 5. Cameras and other recording devices are prohibited in the venue’s auditorium. 6. Mobile phones, pagers and similar equipment must be turned off before entry into the venue’s auditorium. 7. The right is reserved to refuse admission to a ticket holder who arrives late to a venue. The Ticket holder may not be allocated to their designated seat or area until there is a convenient break in the program, in any, or at interval. 8. Patrons who disrupt a performance, who are in use or possession of a prohibited device, or fail to produce a concession ID as appropriatemay be asked to leave the venue without refund of ticket purchase. 9. Tickets must be retained throughout the performance. 10. If further conditions apply, they are displayed either in the box office or near the entrance to the venue. To obtain a copy of the LPA Ticketing Code of Practice, refer to