Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is coming to Sydney to talk about the success of his show, and the importance of good writing. Thu May 1. SECOND SHOW ANNOUNCED
Fancy yourself a poet? Join in the Bankstown Poetry Slam – Australia’s largest live spoken word competition where the audience becomes the judge. Tue May 20.
New Zealand singer-songwriter Tim Finn (Crowded House and Split Enz) will perform White Cloud, a musing meditative performance about his family, identity and home. Wed May 21.
Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Walker is an avid human rights defender who powerfully articulates her ideas through writing. Wed May 21.
Combining spoken word and animation, Black T-Shirt Collection is a passionate fable that explores brotherhood, homophobia and capitalism. Wed May 21.
The 28-year-old author talks to Steven Gale about the intricate tale that won-over readers and critics worldwide. Thu May 22.
Novelist, journalist and short story writer Tara Moss presents The Fictional Woman, part memoir, part feminist essay. Thu May 22.
Stay up late with bedtime stories from the Sydney Story Factory, the Chaser's Empty Vessel and brand-new filth from Eddie Sharp's Erotic Fan Fiction. Thu May 22.
Tracey Spicer leads an ensemble of powerful writers aiming to shed light on the labels attributed to women. Fri May 23.
Annabel Crabb uncovers humour and debauchery with comic Sandi Toksvig, writer Gary Shteyngart and author Irvine Welsh. Fri May 23.
Christos Tsiolkas opens up about the pressures of growing up in Australia. Fri May 23.
Five speakers tackle the art of unscripted storytelling in 15 minutes or less – including Emma Donoghue, the author of best-selling novel, Room. Sat May 24.
Drag kings, voodoo and a Twitter-request dance party... Playwrights, comics, musicians, poets and novelists are invited to test out their 10-minute ideas in front of spectators. Sat May 24.
Sarah Blasko is joining friend, playwright and actor Brendan Cowell in an exploration of each other's creative methods, inspirations and fears. Sun May 25.
Irvine Welsh celebrates 21 years since Trainspotting first hit book shelves and he'll talk about the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folies à deux in his new novel The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Sun May 25.
Handmade street press of all shapes and sizes takes over the MCA’s Foundation Hall as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Thumb through works from local creatives and make one of your own. Sun May 25.
Where to stay
With talks and workshops all over the city you’ll want to stay in a central location – book into stylish and affordable Vibe Hotel Sydney, located between Townhall and Central station.
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