2017 Sydney Writers' Festival

22 May — 28 May 2017

Various locations


22 – 28 May 2017 

Sydney Writers’ Festival is a week long extravaganza of ideas and literature. In 2017 there is an exhilarating array of authors bringing their wisdom, knowledge and imaginative whimsy to Sydney.

Sydney will transform in May with authors and ideas flooding the city. Bringing fresh perspectives from all corners of the world, these writers enhance our community with their stories, humour, creativity and vision. This is something to celebrate, and celebrate we will.

The 2017 Sydney Writers Festival Program can be viewed here.

Events and bookings

Online sales can be made up to 2 hours prior to the event start time where availability allows.

Sales can be made in person at the venue box offices up until the event start time where availability allows.

Workshop tickets and enquiries must be made directly through Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Phone bookings and enquiries

Sydney Writers’ Festival (02) 9256 4200
City Recital Hall (02) 8256 2222 (includes City Recital Hall events only)
Roslyn Packer Theatre (includes Sydney Town Hall and Walsh Bay events including events in Wharf 1 and 2 theatres) (02) 9250 1988
Suburban and Regional event booking details can be found at www.swf.org.au

Online bookings

Please click on the event title(s) below for more information or to purchase tickets. If you wish to purchase multiple events please select tickets for each event one by one and use the CONTINUE SHOPPING buttons when you reach the Cart Summary page until you have completed your selection. 


1: Swearing In: Veep's Armando Iannucci on Spin and Satire
5: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
8: 2017 Opening Night: Brit Bennett, Anne Enright and George Saunders - SOLD OUT
9: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
13: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
14: Insiders Live at Sydney Writers' Festival
18: Being a Historian in the Digital Age - SOLD OUT
19: Through the Wardrobe
21: Anuk Arudpragasam: The Story of a Brief Marriage
22: Brexit
23: Strong Female Characters - SOLD OUT
24: The Art of Biography
27: Secret City
29: Group Text
30: Why Your Wrong to Care About Grammar - SOLD OUT
31: No More Questions
32: Historical Fiction: Chick Lit with Wimples?
33: Who the Bloody Hell Are We? - SOLD OUT
34: Di Morrissey: A Distant Journey
37: Do We All Turn into Our Mothers? - SOLD OUT
39: Homemade Shorts: Australian Stories - SOLD OUT
41: Natalie Haynes: The Children of Jocasta
42: Question Time
43: Zoe Morrison: Music and Freedom - SOLD OUT
44: Liane Moriarty: Truly Madly Guilty
47: On Arrival - SOLD OUT
48: Outsider Looking In: Reporting on True Crime - SOLD OUT
51: Tim Costello: On Faith - SOLD OUT
52: Julia Baird: Victoria the Queen - SOLD OUT
53: Tracey Spicer: The Good Girl Stripped Bare
54: Kate Grenville: The Case Against Fragrance
55: The Good Book? The Bible in Australian Culture Today - SOLD OUT
56: The Best of the Festival: Poetry and Performance
61: No Place Like
62: Lawrence Krauss: The Greatest Story Ever Told... So Far - SOLD OUT 
63: Sebastian Mallaby: The Man Who Knew
64: Pamela Paul: By The Book
65: Viola Di Grado: Hollow Heart
66: Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General
70: Robert Forster: Grant and I
73: Blerd Culture
75: The Politics of Fear
76: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography - SOLD OUT
77: The Full Catastrophe - SOLD OUT 
78: I Love Dick
81: The Art of Rivalry: Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
83: Stan Grant: The Australian Dream
84: Reworking the Classics
85: Decolonising Australian Literature
86: A Murderer in the Family
90: Near-Death Experience
93: Fictional Truths - SOLD OUT
94: Fighting Hislam and Beyond Veiled Clichés
95: Norman Ohler: High Hitler
96: A Gathering Storm: The Rise and Rise of Cli-Fi
97: Deng Adut: Songs of a War Boy
101: Crimes of the Father - SOLD OUT
103: Caroline Baum: Only - SOLD OUT
104: System Breakdown - SOLD OUT
106: This Won't End Well: Secrets of Great Short Storytelling - SOLD OUT
107: Tragedy Plus Time
108: Get Well Soon
109: James Shapiro: The Year of Lear
112: Foreign Correspondents: Anecdotes from Abroad
113: First Nations: Voices of the Matriarchy
115: Caroline Brothers: The Memory Stones
116: Robert Dessaix: The Pleasures of Leisure - SOLD OUT
117: A.N. Wilson: Resolution
118: Henry Lawson and The Drover's Wife
119: Susan Faludi: In the Darkroom
122: Hell and High Water - SOLD OUT
125: Nextness and Nearness: Bill Hayes on Oliver Sacks
126: Richard Fidler: Ghost Empire - SOLD OUT
127: Rob Schmitz: Street of Eternal Happiness - SOLD OUT
128: Writing Race
131: On Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing
133: Thomas Friedman: The Case for Optimism
134: Sincerest Form of Flattery
135: Elaine Welteroth: On Editing Teen Vogue
137: Patrick White Playwrights' Award and Fellowship
139: Gay For Page
140: Not to Scale: Numbers and the Immigration Debate
142: American Carnage
145: Transforming My Country
146: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
148: Maxine Beneba Clarke: The Hate Race – CANCELLED
149: Doing It!
150: Smoking Gun: Crime Fiction - SOLD OUT
151: All The Girls To The Front
154: Joy Williams: Ninety-Nine Stories of God
156: Memoir: A Slippery Art - SOLD OUT
157: The Great Divide
158: Resist!
159: Nevertheless, She Persisted
160: I Feel You - SOLD OUT
161: Dreams of Her Real Self: Writers on Helen Garner
164: Hannah Kent: The Good People - SOLD OUT
166: Lost the Plot: Writing About Mental Health - SOLD OUT
167: How Deep Can You Go?
169: Globalisation and Inequality in the Age of Trump - SOLD OUT
170: Henry Marsh: Admissions - A Life in Brain Surgery - SOLD OUT
171: Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life
172: John Safran: Depends What You Mean By Extremist - SOLD OUT
175: They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention - SOLD OUT
177: Social Media As Art: An Indigenous Perspective
178: Writing Perseverance: Remarkable Memoirs
179: Nadja Spiegelman: I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This
180: Paul Beatty: The Sellout - SOLD OUT
181: Fake News and Alternative Facts - SOLD OUT
182: Hisham Matar: The Return
185: Contemporary Essay: Personal and Public
187: The Most Unlikely of Places - SOLD OUT
188: Steven Amsterdam: The Easy Way Out
189: Dear Science
190: Peter Corris: Win, Lose or Draw
191: Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year - SOLD OUT
194: The Ancient Guide to Modern Life - SOLD OUT
197: Live from Sydney: Slate's Culture Gabfest
198: Betoota Advocate: Australia's Oldest and Favourite Newspaper - SOLD OUT
199: Viral and Verse: Hera Lindsay Bird and Rupi Kaur
200: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography - SOLD OUT
201: People of Letters
203: Jamie Morton: My Dad Wrote a Porno
204: SWF Gala: Advice from Nasty Women
207: The Big Read - SOLD OUT 
208: Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café - SOLD OUT 
210: Bill Hayes: Insomniac City
211: Mikhail Zygar: All the Kremlin's Men - SOLD OUT 
212: Krissy Kneen: An Uncertain Grace
215: Lingo: What is Lost When a Language Dies? - SOLD OUT 
216: Mark Colvin: Light and Shadow – CANCELLED
217: Brit Bennett: The Mothers
218: 25 Years of Looking For Alibrandi: Have a Say Day - SOLD OUT 
219: Ashley Hay: A Hundred Small Lessons
220: Turia Pitt: Unmasked
222: Food and Water: Fundamentals for Living - SOLD OUT 
223: Bernadette Brennan: Writing Helen Garner
225: Do Bad Times Make For Great Art?
226: Sex, Blood and Death
227: Holly Throsby: Goodwood
228: Lion: A Long Way Home - SOLD OUT
229: Ellen van Neerven: Comfort Food
231: Graeme Simsion: The Best of Adam Sharp - SOLD OUT
232: Bankstown Poetry Slam - SOLD OUT
233: Sarah Wilson: First, We Make the Beast Beautiful
234: From Russia, With Love - SOLD OUT
235: Border Force - SOLD OUT
236: Clementine Ford: Fight Like a Girl
237: Borders of Our Writing
240: Ali Cobby Eckermann: Little Bit Long Time
241: Deliberate and Afraid of Nothing
242: Tough Love: Writing Complex Relationships
243: Frank Moorhouse: Is Writing Still a Way of Life?
244: SWF Gala: Maybe This Will Help
245: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
247: 2017 Closing Address: Susan Faludi
248: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
249: Still Lucky
250: You're Doing It Wrong: A Guide to Modern Parenting
252: Swearing In: Veep's Armando Iannucci on Spin and Satire
254: Readings from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
CHI1: Lauren Child's Quirky Characters!
CHI5: Andy Griffiths: Are You Ready to Roll? - SOLD OUT