Primary School Days 2021

An engaging and educational journey into the world of literature 

Through careful curation, Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Primary School Days program is designed to nurture the next generation of readers and storytellers. Our popular sessions bring together prominent children’s authors and young readers for a fun, interactive and educational day that inspires a deeper enjoyment of books and reading. 

During four 45-minute sessions, writers and illustrators perform from their work, talk about their craft and take questions from the students.

We can't wait to welcome your students to Primary School Days. They'll join Australia's most exciting literary talents for children for this magical day celebrating storytelling and creativity. For the first time, we are also bringing Primary School Days to The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood. 

The exceptional line-up features the fantasy writer behind the record-breaking and New York Times bestselling Nevermoor series, Jessica Townsend; current NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, award-winning poet, author, artist and teacher, Kirli Saunders; much-loved children’s author and five-time Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award-winner, Emily Rodda; and the impressive (and hilarious) creative duo behind the popular Real Pigeons series, Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood.

The Primary Schools Days program is best suited to school children in Years 3 to 6.

Signed books by featured authors will be available for purchase on the day.


9.30am Arrive at venue

10am Morning sessions

11.30am Lunch break

12.30pm Afternoon sessions

2pm Finish


Primary School Days at Penrith, Chatswood and Sydney Town Hall (Monday) have reached current capacity; however, we encourage you to join the waitlist by emailing

You can book Primary School Days tickets by filling out the online booking form

For more information or if you have any questions, contact or call 02 9256 4200. 

All Primary School Days venues (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney Town Hall, The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood and Riverside Theatres) are all registered COVID Safe businesses. 

We recommend booking promptly to avoid disappointment.

For more information about Primary School Days, please contact us:

(02) 9256 4200