The Sydney Writers' Festival is now the major event on our literary calendar - an opportunity for writers, readers and thinkers to come together and share the joy of ideas, stories and the use of our imagination.
The richness and variety of the Festival program is a wonderful reflection of the richness and diversity of Sydney.
And in the spirit of Sydney, it remains very accessible, with many of its events being free of charge.
The Writers' Festival also helps the City achieve our Creative City policy and action plan, which is aimed at strengthening and enriching a uniquely “Sydney” culture.
So to everyone, whether in the audience or on the platform, who make this festival of books, words and ideas the fabulous celebration that it is – I hope you have a successful and fulfilling Festival.
Lord Mayor of Sydney