Sydney Writers' Festival is a week-long conversation, and many of this year's rich discussions will be framed around the theme of refuge. There is already a long list of forces that people are seeking refuge from — the worsening effects of climate change, civil unrest and Orwellian politics — and more than ever, readers are turning to literature to find solace.

Across the 2017 Festival, some of the world’s most curious and compassionate, irreverent but respectful, intelligent and argumentative writers will be offering up their brilliant works as temporary respite, and interrogating the forces that compel us to come together and find sanctuary.

We hope you find refuge at the Sydney Writers' Festival.

To download a copy of the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival program as a PDF, please click here