The Sydney Writers’ Festival on The Concourse

30 April – 6 May


The Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to The Concourse in 2018 with an exciting line-up of events including an evening with award-winning Australian author Jane Harper, writer of The Dry and Force of Nature, as well as author talks with Sofie Laguna and Tony Jones, popular student event Secondary School DaysThe Reading Corner chill out zone and special Storytime on The Concourse.


Jane Harper: Force of Nature
7pm, Wednesday 2 May
The Concourse Concert Hall

Jane Harper’s Force of Nature is the follow-up thriller to her highly successful debut novel, The Dry and continues the story of police officer Aaron Falk as he traces the disappearance of a missing bushwalker who was the crucial whistle-blower in his latest case. In conversation with award–winning crime writer Michael Robotham, the bestselling Australian author talks about the book and her remarkable success.


Tony Jones: The Twentieth Man
12.30pm – 1.30pm, Wednesday 2 May
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Free event

From the mountains of Europe to the corridors of Canberra, The Twentieth Man is the gripping debut novel from one of Australia’s most admired journalists and host of ABC’s Q&A, Tony Jones.


Sofie Laguna: The Choke
12.30pm – 1.30pm, Thursday 3 May
Chatswood Library on the Concourse
Free event

Miles Franklin-winning author Sofie Laguna speaks about The Choke, her brilliant and haunting new novel about a child navigating a dangerous world.


The Reading Corner
10am – 4pm, Monday 30 April – Friday 4 May
The Concourse outdoor space
Free event

Borrow a book from our collection and nestle into a bean bag for some relaxing reading time on The Concourse grass area.


Storytime on The Concourse
11am – 12pm, Friday 4 May
The Concourse outdoor space
Free event

Children are invited dress up as their favourite book character and join in the fun at a special story time on the grass. There will also be face painting and prizes for best dressed!


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