Sydney Writers’ Festival returns this month to Walsh Bay and surrounds from May 16- 22.nd This year the theme ‘Bibliotherapy’ will explore literature’s restorative effects in terms of mental health, improved relationships and the ability to empathise.
As always the festival will bring together some of the world’s top writers and influential people, described this year by organisers as; “a week-long extravaganza of ideas and literature”.

As for festival updates in the Walsh Bay precinct, SWF is expanding to Pier 5 with a new venue at the end of the wharf called ‘The Waterfront’ and on the last day of programmed events (Sunday 22nd) the Childrens’ Precinct will incorporate Bangarra’s and Sydney Dance studios and the Pier 5 apron as well as the SWF Library. ‘Russ The Bus,’ will also be parked outside the Shore Shed’s over this final weekend.

During the week-long festivities Walsh Bay art gallery, Vermilion, will feature the first national solo exhibition for leading Chinese artist, Cang Xin – well worth a look if around the precinct and you find yourself with any free time between programmed events. And when it comes to satisfying the hungry masses, Simmer on the Bay has it covered. Offering scrumptious café breakfast and lunch menus as well as a long list of delicious, in-house baked cake and slices throughout SWF- including chef Brigid Kennedy’s famous Picnic Bar Slice - made exclusively during Sydney Writers’ Festival. Pier One’s Gantry Bar and Restaurant will also offer a quality lunch menu while inside the hotel an in-house art installation by talented street artist, Kelsey Montague promises to stop traffic. 

In general SWF boasts a record number of international authors along with strong local guests - all of who will bring their own unique brand of wisdom, knowledge and creativeness to the event.

A selection of 2016 program highlights include:

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