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Time Out's guide to the best events at Sydney Writers' Festival

Find literary therapy with our guide to the best of the fest

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This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival is all about bibliotherapy – finding therapeutic solace between the pages of a good read. The weeklong event brings 60 international guests and more than 400 Australian writers to Sydney for talks, performances, shows and heated discussions. Take a look at our highlights of this year’s program, plus an interview with spoken-word performer and author Kate Tempest.

Opening and closing this year's festival

Kate Tempest interview: "Rhyming was the first, most natural place"
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Kate Tempest interview: "Rhyming was the first, most natural place"

“I’ve dreamed of being able to write a novel all my life [but] the earlier starts I made were more about wanting to be a novelist rather than actually having an idea. It was some kind of strange ego trip really.”

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Where to eat and drink

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Bars

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Being the oldest continuously licensed pub in the city, the Lord Nelson has had a lot of practice at being awesome.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Lotus Dumpling Bar
Restaurants

Lotus Dumpling Bar

It can be hard to find a good meal before hitting the theatre. Usually it’s sushi, rushed and guzzled en route to the show, or one of those questionable boxed “salads” offered at the venue bar. At Walsh Bay in The Rocks, where both the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Dance Company are based, there are alternatives.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Hotel Palisade

Hotel Palisade

This historic hotel has stood like a sentinel on Millers Point for nearly a century, and although it spent time as a boarded up beauty, inspiring a million “if I bought that building…” dreams, now the cladding has come off. Underneath the old girl has been restored to her former glory. 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
Bars

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

While it’s a clear no brainer for a post-show pit stop, the bar has an attitude to drinking that’s easy to get on board with. Encouraging signs commend you on your progress down the short walk to the tip of the wharf. A final sign insists as you round the corner that you deserve a drink. How’s that for positive reinforcement?

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars

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