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The Sydney Writers' Festival is Australia’s largest annual literary celebration.


Events take place at a number of venues in Sydney and regional New South Wales in May each year.

Varuna is proud to have hosted the Varuna with Sydney Writers' Festival in the Blue Mountains since 2006.

The Varuna - Sydney Writers' Festival will take place 27 - 30 May 2017.


Andrew Fowler
Andrew Fowler

2016 Festival


In 2016 the Blue Mountains Program was held over five days in Katoomba - at the Carrington Hotel, Varuna, the Writers House and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

3Sisters.TV logo Did you miss . . .?
. . . the Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture in which award-winning investigative journalist Andrew Fowler (The War on Journalism and The Most Dangerous Man in the World) interrogates the current state of the press, the rise of thin journalism and its implications for a democratic society?

You can view it now courtesy of 3Sisters.TV Blue Mountains channel which recorded the lecture in its entirety. Click the 3Sisters.TV logo to view it now.



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Visit Varuna's Photo Gallery to view photos taken at this year's Varuna Sydney Writers' Festival, along with those from all previous years, by clicking on the camera.

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If you missed the Festival or want to review the events at the Blue Mountains Festival, you can click on the image of the program to view the 2016 Program.

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If you want to read about the authors who attended this year's Festival in the Blue Mountains, just click on Magda Szubanski's photo.

Previous Festivals

Photographs from previous Sydney Writers' Festivals in the Blue Mountains are in the Photo Gallery section of this website.

To view these photos, click here.


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