Sydney Writers’ Festival 2020 has been cancelled. In light of current public health advice regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and non-essential public gatherings of more than 100 people, the Festival will not proceed in 2020. People who purchased tickets will be contacted by Sydney Writers’ Festival for reimbursement. For further information click here. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your support and understanding.

Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Carriageworks in 2020, bringing together an international line-up to address this year’s theme, ‘Almost Midnight’. The program includes the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo; Nobel Peace Prize–nominated founder of the Umbrella Movement, Joshua Wong; award-winning author Bruce Pascoe; The New York Times bestselling non-fiction writer of Three Women, Lisa Taddeo; actress Yael Stone; and acclaimed writer Siri Histvedt.

Drawn from the metaphor of the Doomsday Clock, currently set just 100 seconds from global catastrophe – the closest to ‘midnight’ it’s ever been – Festival guests will consider this year’s theme and how it relates to change, potential and renewal, over one stimulating week of storytelling, ideas and conversation.

Image Prudence Upton 2019

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