Explore the 2024 Program


The Salon

The Salon is a collective of women who champion female authors.

If you have a love of literature, stimulating conversation and exciting debate in the company of like-minded friends, this is your invitation to join us. 

Every year, members of The Salon will get behind a fabulous female Festival headliner. This is your chance to meet with, and support those authors and at the same time, support the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

The Salon benefits

Supported authors

Bonnie Garmus (2024)

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, in the US and abroad, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open water swimmer, rower, and mother of two incredible daughters. Although Seattle is still home, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99. Her debut novel is Lessons In Chemistry

Sisonke Msimang (2023)

Sisonke Msimang is the author of two books: Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home (2017); and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018) and has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Newsweek.

Diana Reid (2022)

Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer. Her debut novel, Love & Virtue, was an Australian bestseller and winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers' Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award, and the MUD Literary Prize. Diana was also named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2022. Her most recent novel is Seeing Other People.

If you are interested in joining The Salon, please email Georgia Wilson, Development Manager at georgia@swf.org.au