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SWF 2019 program announced

15 March 2019

The program has been announced for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which runs from 29 April to 5 May. Fifty-five international guests and 360 Australian writers, academics and public...

VIPs announced for SWF 2019

18 February 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2019 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program, to be held alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival in late April and...

Sharp appointed CEO of SWF

8 June 2018

Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has appointed Chrissy Sharp as its new CEO. Sharp, who was previously the inaugural director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from 2009 to 2011, will...

Scott appointed chair of SWF

15 February 2018

Mark Scott AO has been appointed chair of the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) board, beginning on 15 February. Scott, who joined the SWF board in July 2016, is replacing chair...

SWF 2016 program launched

31 March 2016

The 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) program has been launched and is now available online. Sixty international writers will attend this year’s festival, which runs from 16-22 May, with UK novelist,...

Steinem to headline SWF

8 March 2016

Writer, activist and feminist Gloria Steinem will be one of the headline guests at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). Appearing at an event at the Sydney Town Hall on...

Cult following: Em Bailey on ‘The Special Ones’

3 March 2016

Em Bailey’s The Special Ones is an ‘edge-of-your-seat’ YA novel that ‘marks the gradual return of the YA thriller’, writes reviewer Bec Kavanagh. She spoke to the author. What was...

SWF to run ‘mini March festival’

22 January 2016

The Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) is running events with four international authors in March. From 3-4 March the festival will host events with British novelist and journalist Simon Winchester, Scottish...

Sydney Writers Festival 2015 program launched

27 March 2015

The 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) program has been launched and is now available on the website.Forty-five international authors will attend this year’s festival, which will be held from 18-24 May,...

Dyer to replace Strout as SWF executive director 

10 December 2014

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced the appointment of Jo Dyer as its new executive director. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, current executive director Ben Strout will leave the...

SWF launches first ever children’s writers festival

5 November 2014

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) will hold its first dedicated children’s festival from 14 November to 4 December 2014. The Children’s Festival of Moving Stories features 25 authors in almost 40...

City of Sydney increases SWF sponsorship

29 September 2014

The City of Sydney has increased its funding to the Sydney Writers’ Festival.The city will provide $360,000 in cash and $110,000 in in-kind support each year for the next three years....

Strout to step down as SWF executive director

5 August 2014

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has announced that executive director Ben Strout will leave the role at the end of 2014. Strout joined the festival in 2009 and has ‘overseen growth...

‘SMH’ 2014 Best Young Novelists announced

26 May 2014

The winners of this year’s Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Awards were announced at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) on 23 May.The winners are: Hannah Kent (Burial Rites,...

Collins appointed to SWF board 

19 May 2014

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has announced the appointment of Peter Collins to the festival’s board of directors.Collins joins board directors Deena Shiff (chair), Lena Nahlous, Elizabeth Johnstone, Guy Hedley and...

SWF program launched 

4 April 2014

Booker Prize-winning New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries, Granta), Booker Prize-shortlisted author Emma Donoghue (Room, Picador) and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan are among the 400-plus guests due to...