12 April 2013
Featuring some of the biggest names in Australian and global literature, and packed with plenty of talks, panels and performances, the Sydney Writers’ Festival always has something for everyone. With more than 300 events to choose from, you’re bound to find something great at this fun and exciting event, which celebrated its 16th year in 2013.
This year, the festival – which was held from May 20 to 26 – focused on the art of storytelling, and new artistic director Jemma Birrell explained the simple pleasures that come when great tales are told.
Special guests for 2013 included American actress Molly Ringwald – launching her debut novel – writer Ruby Wax in a panel discussion at Town Hall, short story readings from Claudia Karvan and Brendan Cowell, and novelist Claire Messud, who capped off the festival with a closing address on May 26.
The Sydney Writers’ Festival is, according to The Australian, thought to be the third-largest event of its kind in the world and attracted more than 50 international guests in 2013, as well as 400 writers from around Australia.
Many of the events taking place as part of the festival each year are usually free to attend and this year, the City of Sydney also got into the literary spirit in an unexpected way – its street cleaners were decorated with verses of modern poetry!
Elements of the festival also focus specifically on women in writing – this year, some events were held in collaboration with London’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival.
Whether you are an aspiring writer or you just love to hear a good tale well-told, this is one annual Sydney event you won’t want to miss.