Next month, readers and writers will gather in Sydney for one of the world's largest literary festivals, the 16th Sydney Writers' Festival.
The City has supported the festival from the start, when it evolved from Writers Week during the Festival of Sydney. This year, we will contribute $330,000 in sponsorship and additional support.
I joined festival staff, board members and fellow supporters to launch the 2013 program last week. With 260 events, the program caters to all ages, literary tastes and interests. It will also bring people together to share knowledge, ideas and experiences.
On the same night I also had the pleasure of opening the latest project from Kaldor Art Proejct - 13 Rooms. John Kaldor has been wowing audiences for more than 40 years, and he continues to bring together stellar national and international artists in interesting and unique ways.
Huge crowds have already been flocking to Walsh Bay's Pier 2 and 3 to see the performance art piece, which the City is supporting through a $100,000 grant.
Walsh Bay will be home the Wrtiers' Festival, but there will also be great events at Sydney Town Hall, the City Recital Hall in Angel Place and Customs House at Circular Quay.
Naomi Wolf joining a panel to discuss changing attitudes to sex at Sydney Town Hall on Friday, 24 May; Molly Ringwald talking about her first novel at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday, 25 May; and Obama: The Digital Campaign, at the City Recital Hall on Thursday 23 May with Obama's chief digital strategist Joe Rospars and campaign video director Stephen Muller.
Sydney Town Hall will also feature a program for primary school students, with another program for secondary students at the City Recital Hall.
13 Rooms, and around half the events Writers' Festival events, are free
I hope there's something that piques your interest, make sure you book early for ticketed events!