Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Walsh Bay from May 22-28 and as always there is much to do, see and get amongst in the precinct. Below is a taster of just a few local highlights.

Marking the Festival’s opening night (May 22) guests will be treated to a special event hosted by literary giants; Brit Bennet, Anne Enright and George Saunders - each delivering an address on the Festival’s theme of ‘refuge’ at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. If escapism is high on the list why not try to catch a performance (May 22 and 23rd) of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography at Wharf 2? Or for a more casual vibe, on May 25, join the Sydney Morning Herald editors and journalists, along with special guest Norman Ohler, at the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf to hear what’s making headlines and learn about what stories to follow.

The week-long Nights at Walsh Bay program returns to SWF and the Roslyn Packer Theatre, with a list of intriguing guests partaking in revealing conversations after the sun goes down including; Catch Teen Vogue editor, Elaine Welteroth, American author and filmmaker, Chris Kraus, poets Hera Lindsay Bird and Rupi Kaur, and My Dad Wrote a Porno’s Jamie Morton.

Sunday May 28 is Family Day, with four unique spaces for little bookworms to explore at Pier 4/5. This year the program, designed to celebrate creativity and storytelling, kicks off with renowned authors Lauren Child and Andy Griffiths whilst the much-loved mobile book reading centre, Russ the Story Bus returns and a one-off exhibition of Roald Dahl book covers from across the globe will make a first appearance.

When it comes to the refuelling during SWF WBAC haunts have it covered. Sydney Dance Lounge will once again bring the BBQ lunch and the coffee cart out for Festival visitors - a convenient and fast service during breaks while Simmer on the Bay’s delicious café breakfast and lunch menus, including delicious in-house baked cakes and slices will as always be on offer - including chef Brigid Kennedy’s famous Picnic Bar Slice, made exclusively for SWF.

And if you are in the area during SWF, the latest exhibit, Hutong at Vermilion, Walsh Bay’s resident art gallery, is well worth a visit.

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