Sydney Writers' Festival strives to make every event as accessible as possible. All Festival venues are accessible, including wheelchair and level access.

Auslan-Interpreted Events

Tickets for best sight line seating at Auslan-interpreted events can be purchased either by phone on (02) 9256 4200 or via email at Sydney Writers’ Festival also accepts phones calls via the National Relay Service.

The following events will be Auslan interpreted:

Assistive Listening System

The following venues are fitted with assistive listening systems: 


Open Captioning

Tickets for open-captioned events can be purchased through the Sydney Writers' Festival Box Office, either by phone on (02) 9256 4200 or email at

All events in Bay 17, Carriageworks, will be open captioned. WilosophyDaniel Lavery: Dear Prudence and more and The Best Advice You Never Got will also be open captioned. 

Companion Cards

Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Please contact the Sydney Writers' Festival box office directly on (02) 9256 4200 for assistance with your booking.



To book accessible seats (including Auslan-interpreted and open-captioned bookings) for events at Carriageworks and Sydney Town Hall, please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival Box Office on (02) 9256 4200 or email

To book accessible seats for events at Riverside Theatres, please contact the venue box offices directly:

Riverside Theatres
02 8839 3399

For all other events, please refer to the individual event listings for booking details.

Access at Carriageworks

All Festival venues are accessible and have wheelchair and level access and multiple accessible toilets. 

Accessible parking is available at Carriageworks. Please call (02) 8571 9099 for Carriageworks parking information. 




Guide Dogs are welcome at all Festival events and venues.

If you are blind or have low vision and want to attend an event at Sydney Writers' Festival, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT can provide you with support for how to travel safely from any location to your event at the Festival. Call 1800 484 333 to discuss your travel needs.

Online events

Sydney Writers’ Festival has a range of events for you to enjoy remotely. In 2023, we are delighted to livestream a selection of our events from Bay 17. Learn more and a book a day pass here. The daily livestream will be open captioned. 

A selection of Festival events will be live-streamed to regional locations Australia-wide as part of our Live & Local program.

And subscribe to our podcast channel by searching for Sydney Writers' Festival on all major podcast platforms to be notified of releases after the Festival.