How do we find a sense of purpose? How should we be living? These are the sorts of thought-provoking questions that will be discussed by almost 500 local and international writers and thinkers at this year’s Sydney Writer’s Festival!

Now is a great time to start planning your festival, so we thought we’d offer a place to start:


You don’t need to go far to find interesting discussions – as well as the action at Walsh Bay, you’ll find big names like James Patterson and Richard Flanagan at Town Hall, advice on comedy writing at Haymarket Library and ideas behind picture and children’s books at Kings Cross Library.


Find out what’s new in palaeontology and why Van Gogh painted a pair of old boots when he first arrived in Paris. You can also debate issues around capital punishment, non-monogamy and whether accountants can save the planet, all in one free lecture series.

There’s plenty more where that came from, as free events also include storytelling, award-winning author talks, discussions on crime, the craft of writing and much more.


As well as its already bulging line-up, Sydney Writers’ Festival has this year added a couple of new events for us to enjoy:

  • Use your lunch hour wisely – Business Bites at the St James Ethics Centre will host John Howard, who will share his take on leadership; Dee Madigan and Simon Lock will discuss successful branding, and Paul Dolan offers thoughts on the work/life balance.
  • At the new Writers on Writers series, author and Oxford scholar Jonathan Bate meets actor and director John Bell in conversation about Shakespeare; David Malouf  and US memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn appreciate the classics; and scholars and poets Lesley Chamberlain, Luke Fischer and Robert Gray discuss Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the great 20th Century European writers
  • The Co-conspirators series pairs illustrious minds Margaret Pomeranz and her daughter-in-law Phillippa Whitfield Pomeranz, who talk about film, food and family; Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist discuss writing, life and marriage; Helen Razor and Bernard Keane complain bitterly about the state of things; and Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales compare book shelves.

Sydney Writer’s Festival marks a thinking season from 28-24 May. Head to for full program. 

Published: 23 Apr, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags:

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