Most Sydney Writers' Festival venues are wheelchair accessible and some are fitted with hearing loops, as indicated in individual venue listings.

The following venues are fitted with a hearing loop system: Roslyn Packer Theatre, Wharf 2 Theatre, City Recital Hall, and Sydney Town Hall.

Auslan Interpreted Events

The following events in the 2017 Festival will be Auslan interpreted:
1 Swearing In: Veep’s Armando Iannucci on Spin and Satire
58 Documenting Hardship
68 Things You Need to Know and May Have Missed
133 Thomas Friedman: The Case for Optimism
178 Writing Perseverance: Remarkable Memoirs
204 SWF Gala: Nasty Women
CHI18 Kate DiCamillo: Connecting People Through Stories

A block of seats is reserved for deaf and hearing-impaired patrons to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. The National Relay Service is available to assist with phone bookings. Call SWF Box Office on (02) 9256 4200 or email if you wish to be seated in this area for these events.   

Close Captioned Events

All events at City Recital Hall will be closed captioned. All events at the Roslyn Packer Theatre on 27 May and 28 May will be closed captioned.

Companion Cards

Companion Cards need to be booked via the phone or in person at each venue. Companion cards need to be sighted at time of collection.

For booking enquiries please call 02 9256 4200 or email

For other ticketed events outside of Walsh Bay and the City please contact the venue listed next to the event. 

Ticket enquiries can also be resolved at the event, where a Box Office will be in place.

Audio and Video Recordings

After the Festival, some events will be made available as audio podcasts on our iTunes channel or as video on our YouTube channel.