Here are our must-see events at the upcoming Sydney Writers Festival.

The Sydney Writers' Festival is almost upon us! Running from 16-22nd May, the breadth of programming in this festival means there's something for everyone. And our Sydney based Blochead Geoff Orton has selected some of the finest events on the program.

If you're headed to the festival, let us know and if you're unable to make it, follow us on Twitter or the festival hashtag #sydneywritersfestival


Purity May 21 - Sydney Town Hall 8.30pm - He's scared of the Internet but we're sure there will be plenty of gold nuggets making their way onto Twitter #opinions

Kate Tempest May 17 - Roslyn Packer Theatre 6.30pm - A highlight at the Sydney Festival earlier in the year, her opening address will be great.

Hanya Yanagihara Closing Address: The Conversations Between Words Roslyn Packer Theatre May 22 - Our Bloc Club book in March will stick with us for years to come. Her lecture will be special too. 


Behind the Curtain

Inside the New Yorker May 20 - Roslyn Packer Theatre 3pm - One of the classiest magazines in the world comes to Sydney. 

Ghostwriting: The Untold Story May 19 Richard Wherret Studio 10am - Who you gunna call when you need your memoirs written?

Inside the World of Publishing May 20 Sydney Dance Studio 1 3pm - Want to know what happens at the Big Publishers? Us too. 

Getting Published: Words to the Wise May 18 Auditorium, Parramatta Campus of University of Western Sydney 6pm - A group of legends on this panel and sure to be fascinating. 


Fun Stuff

Giant Dwarf Presents The Yarramadoon Public School Debate Night - Pier 2/3 Club Stage May 20, 7.30pm - Who doesn't love a good rebuttal?

People of Letters May 21 Pier 2/3 7.30pm - Last year Kristin Williamson wrote a story so moving, her husband David couldn't reply. Always special. 

Late Night Salon - Each Night at Pier 2/3 from 9.30. Check website for more details. - Wine, banter and the Chaser. You know you wanna. 

Bloc Friends

Sessions with Susie: Fiona Wright May 19 Wharf 2 Theatre 11.30am - Bibliotherapy and the delightful Fiona Wright. 

Little Fiction May 16 Knox St Bar 7pm w/ Oliver Mol - Ol' mate Mol loves a reading, and he's one of the best emerging writers out there.

Things Fall Apart May 19 Richard Wherrett Studio 4.30pm with Josephine Rowe - Sold out, but worth listening through the wall if you can. 

Tammy and Leslie Williams: Not Just Black and White May 19 Wharf 2 Theatre 4.30 - Our February Bloc Club writers in conversation. 

Finally, if you're in town and want to hang out, we'll be down at the wharves all day and finishing up at the Late Night Salon on Saturday evening. Come and say hi.

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Geoff Orton

Geoff Orton is the founder of Writers Bloc. He's also a teacher and a Boston Celtics tragic.