Become a Patron

Sydney Writers' Festival patrons play a vital role in the life of our organisation. It is only with your generous support and philanthropy that we're able to showcase the highest calibre of writers and deliver a world-class program of talks and panels across both the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Children’s Festival of Moving Stories.

Our patrons are passionate supporters of discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas, whose philanthropy underpins and uplifts the cultural life of the city. As a patron, your annual gift enables us to sustain the artistic excellence of Australia's largest literary festival and bring the joy of books to new audiences. In recognition of your generosity, you'll enjoy first access to ticket sales, invitations to members-only events, and in-Festival amenities like the Patron Lounge.

Sydney Writers’ Festival offers several levels of patronage:

Champion Patron from $20,000
Platinum Patron from $10,000
Gold Patron from $5,000
Silver Patron from $2,500
Patron from $1,000

Sydney Writer’s Festival is a registered charity and all donations of over $2 are tax deductible.

For more information on our Patron program, please contact Stephen Attfield, Head of Development, on or 02 9256 4206.

Your support allows us to keep bringing the greatest thinkers from around the world to Sydney, providing cultural nourishment to this wonderful city.

Our Patrons

We gratefully acknowledge our patrons for their extraordinary support and ongoing commitment to the Sydney Writers' Festival. 


Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM

The Key Foundation

Adam & Vicki Liberman

Mark & Louise Nelson

Rosebrook Foundation

The Russell Mills Foundation

Ruth Ritchie

Bernard Ryan & Michael Rowe

Kathy & Greg Shand

Michelle & Jonny Shein

WeirAnderson Foundation



Alan & Sue Cameron

Robert G Cameron AO & Paula Cameron

David & Juliet Clarke

Sally Cousens & John Stuckey

Marion Dixon

Catherine & Whitney Drayton

Danny Goldberg OAM & Lisa Goldberg

Andrea Govaert & Wik Farwerck

Mrs Megan Grace & Brighton Grace

Alexa Haslingden

Guy & Nikki Hedley

Fleur Jouault & Richard Hunt

Mr B Ilkovski

Drs Kathryn Lovric & Roger Allan

Robin Low

Danita Lowes & David Fite

Robyn Martin-Weber

Stephen, Margie & Xavier Morris

Emile & Caroline Sherman

Ashley & Aveen Stephenson

Deena Shiff & James Gillespie

Jane & Will Vicars

Su-Ming Wong



Christine Bishop

Jillian Broadbent

Deanne Chapman

Roslyn Espie

Annette Freeman

Susan & Jeffrey Hauser

Louise & Tony Leibowitz

Sue & Alan Lipman

Trevor & Michele Matthews

Lawrence & Sylvia Myers

Lesley & Andrew Rosenberg

Ken & Lucille Seale

Margie Seale & David Hardy

Valiant Events

Thea Whitnall



Maxine Brenner

Lucy & Stephen Chipkin 

Lyndell & Daniel Droga

The Dunkel Family

Carole Ferguson

Michelle Filler

Lauren Fink

Andrew Freeman (link)

Ariane & David Fuchs

Jennifer Giles

David & Jennifer Goldstein

Gael Hammer

H.K. Tey Pty Ltd

Low Family Foundation

David Marr & Sebastian Tesoriero

Lena Nahlous

Jennie & Ivor Orchard

Nicola Sepel

Briony Scott

Mark Scott

Eva Shand

Andrew Silberberg & Michelle Katz

Dr Evan R. Soicher, in eternal memory

Pamela Souvlis

Jody Yesner