The best events at Sydney Writers’ Festival

Find your way around the headliners with our top 20 picks of the program
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May's literary festival includes more than 400 events from international and Australian writers. Under the aegis of new artistic director Michaela McGuire, the 20th Sydney Writers’ Festival is united by the theme ‘refuge’. McGuire has booked an impressive list of guests from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction, publishing and podcasting. We've listed our highlights of the program, from the Teen Vogue editor to cult podcast heroes. Hibernate with a hot drink and a long read in these bookshops with cafes in Sydney. Find 50 things to do in May

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The best events at Vivid Ideas

The brainy sibling in the Vivid Sydney family, Vivid Ideas, includes more than 200 events over 23 days ranging from the Game-Changers Talk Series to creative conferences, markets and idea exchange sessions.