Monday May 18 marked the start of The Sydney Writers’ Festival, with over 400 Australian and 45 international writers set to entertain and stir the expected 60,000+ festival attendees. Taking place at 350 events from Hornsby in the North to Wollongong in the South and Katoomba in the west, writers and other malcontents try to make sense of our world with this year’s theme: How To Live? Mohsin Hamid and Helen Macdonald will attempt to elucidate at the opening and closing nights respectively, other highlighted sessions include Starlee Kine, Norman Doidge, Rebecca Vaughan and James Patterson.
Walsh Bay will be a hive of activity; Coffee and Papers is back at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, a journalist and a writer will tackle the headlines of the day. Come nightfall the Hemmingway Bar will serve signature writers cocktails and live music till late. Family Day is on Sunday May 24 at The Big Backyard at Pier 2/3, imaginations can run wild with book readings from Enid Blyton, Minecraft story-building workshops and much more. The Writers’ Festival represents good value; with many free sessions and most ticketed sessions between $15 – $40, even writers can afford to attend, but get in quick as places are limited.
May 18 – 24, various locations throughout Greater Sydney. Information and bookings: www.swf.org.au