The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is an annual event showcasing a diverse range of contemporary Jewish stories, authors, and themes from around the world. Authors both Jewish, or those who write about Jewish interests, are welcome to participate in the event. It is not limited to just books, but is open to a wide range of literature including screenplays, journalistic pieces, novels, non-fiction, and performances.
The festival is well-attended each year especially by literature lovers, as well as individuals who are interested to hear from some of the world’s most renowned authors. International writers who have made appearances at previous events include Howard Jacobson, Etgar Keret, Simon Sebag Montefiore, and Tom Segev among many others.
The event’s objectives are to celebrate Jewish literature, bring the local Jewish community together, create a platform for interaction among readers and writers, and raise awareness of Jewish ideas and culture for the non-Jewish community. The festival will feature writing workshops, panel discussions, talks, and more. Kosher food, vegetarian and gluten free meals, and beverages will be available throughout the festival.
The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival was established in 2006, and takes place for two days but also features pop-up events held throughout the year. The event location is at the Waverley Library located at 32/48 Denison Street, Bondi Junction, Sydney. Children are welcome to attend, as there will be kid-friendly events at the Children’s Library. Ticket prices start at $15 for a single concession to $170 for a full weekend pass.