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Sydney Writers' Festival

16 May to 22 May 2022

Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas

Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival presents more than 300 events, attracting audiences of up to 100,000 for a week-long conversation of books and ideas.

What's On

Monday to Thursday

Change My Mind Storytelling Gala

Change My Mind Storytelling Gala

With a rich lineup of 12 storytellers, this is a night not to be missed
Today 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Johann Hari: Stolen Focus

Johann Hari: Stolen Focus

Much-loved author Johann Hari speaks to the fuzziness of modern life and how we might regain our focus
Today 12pm to 1pm
Musical Fictions

Musical Fictions

Join Casey Bennetto and some of Australia's finest songwriters as they perform songs from uncharted literary adaptations
Today 6pm to 7.15pm
Torrey Peters: Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters: Detransition, Baby

Join celebrated author Torrey Peters discuss her fiercely original debut novel, Detransition, Baby
Today 8pm to 9pm
What's on

Friday to Sunday

Damon Galgut: The Promise

Damon Galgut: The Promise

Join Damon Galgut discuss his award-winning novel, The Promise
Tomorrow
Warren Ellis: Nina Simone's Gum

Warren Ellis: Nina Simone's Gum

Australian musician Warren Ellis discusses his literary debut and memoir, Nina Simone's Gum
Tomorrow
Hanya Yanagihara: To Paradise

Hanya Yanagihara: To Paradise

Hear from international bestseller Hanya Yanagihara discuss her new release, To Paradise
Tomorrow
Maxine Beneba Clarke & Omar Musa

Maxine Beneba Clarke & Omar Musa

Australian artists and writers Maxine Beneba Clarke and Omar Musa discuss their jolting new poetry collections
21 May 2022
Closing Night: Chloe Hooper

Closing Night: Chloe Hooper

Join acclaimed author and journalist Chloe Hooper as she closes the Festival by capturing the power of story
22 May 2022
Rebecca Solnit: Orwell’s Roses

Rebecca Solnit: Orwell’s Roses

Hear renowned author and essayist Rebecca Solnit discuss the links between politics and the natural world
22 May 2022
The Legacy of Holocaust Letters

The Legacy of Holocaust Letters

Join us for a live reading of survivors' letters for the Sydney Writers' Festival
22 May 2022
The Unacknowledged Legislators

The Unacknowledged Legislators

Hear live readings from some of Australia's most celebrated poets in this special event
22 May 2022