Sydney Writers’ Festival is more than just a celebration of great literature. It’s a place where book-lovers can come together to feed their curiosity, spark new conversations and meet their literary heroes.

For the debut edition of our new blog series ‘Your Favourite Festival Memory’, we’re delighted to share Philippa Wherrett’s life-changing moment on the wharf of Walsh Bay in 2013.

I was standing in line at the wharf for an event when the plan occurred to me.

Philippa Wherrett

"I was so inspired by the 2013 SWF that I packed everything up and went to live with my mother in the country so I could finish my book. I was standing in line at the wharf for an event when the plan occurred to me. I called mom then and there and she was immediately supportive. Two months later I arrived in Gunnedah. Seven months later, I finished my first draft. The sense of accomplishment was huge and the time spent with family is even more precious now than it was then."

– 2013 Festival-goer Philippa Wherrett