The SJWF returns on June 19 & 20 at Double Bay Library.

View our full program and book tickets HERE

The Shalom Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) is an annual festival which also runs pop-up events throughout the year. Our events are open to people of all ages who share a love of reading and ideas and want to hear from some of the world’s best authors.

The SJWF celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Jewish writing from around the world. It features authors who are Jewish or whose books are of Jewish interest and includes novelists, journalists, screenwriters, performers and writers of nonfiction.

The SJWF aims to:

  • Celebrate and cultivate Jewish literary and intellectual life.
  • Expand the horizons of readers and the audiences of writers.
  • Enable personal interactions between readers and writers, and between writers.
  • Bring the Jewish community together through a cultural, cross-communal experience.
  • Enable the community to enjoy Jewish life in a positive and meaningful way.
  • Engage the non-Jewish community in Jewish culture and ideas.


The SJWF is made possible through the generosity of its major sponsor

Books Online Australia - Booktopia ,

and media partner

and is generously hosted by

Watch our 2020-21 events

Click to view past programs: 20202019, 2018, 2017

Watch our 2020-21 events

Click to view past programs: 20202019, 2018, 2017


Established in 2006, the SJWF pioneered the creation of a platform for Jewish literature and writers, and continues to be the premier event for them. In 2020, the SJWF began hosting online events. Among the international writers the festival has hosted are Simon Sebag Montefiore, Etgar Keret, Masha Gessen, Lily Brett, Howard Jacobson, Daniel Mendelsohn, Tom Segev, Gil Hovav, Deborah Lipstadt and Gideon Raff.


SJWF Staff

Anna Stern, Rimma Dinkin

SJWF Programming Committee

Michaela Kalowski, Rita Nash, Adam van Rooijen

Contact the SJWF on 9381 4000 or at