The Sydney Writers’ Festival is the Harbour City’s annual celebration of all things literary and a must-attend if you find yourself in the neighbourhood during May. But which events give you the best bang for your buck? We’ve thumbed out way through the festival guide to suggest five events that you must see if you’re attending this year.

1. Andy Griffiths – Are You Ready to Roll?

He’s arguably Austrlaia’s most popular children’s author, and you don’t write more than 30 books without being part of a few interesting stories yourself. Are You Ready to Roll? is a hilarious collection of Griffiths’ side-splitting antics.

28 May 2017

2. Liane Moriarty – Truly Madly Guilty

Few writers have the power to move a book like Liane Moriarty. Author of seven bestselling novels including her latest, Truly Madly Guilty, Moriarty will touch on her inspiration, process and research in this riveting examination of fiction in 2017. 

23 May 2017

3. Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

This captivating performance piece sees Rebecca Vaughan embody the ultimate everywoman Jane, as well as a range of additional characters in this gothic subversion of fairytale romance. This is an intimate study of love through Jane’s eyes.

22 – 28 May 2017

4. On Arrival

Rebecca Huntley curates a conversation with some of the leading voices in the asylum seeker debate about challenges facing refugees settling in Australia. Speakers include Sudanese child soldier turned lawyer Deng Adut, Tim Costello, award-winning author A.S. Patrić and The Social Outfit’s Ruck Sar. No matter where you stand on the asylum seeker debate, this frank, forthright discussion will provide food for thought.

25 May 2017

5. The Book Club

Always one of the highlights of the festival, this special edition of ABC TV’s The Book Club features Jennifer Byrne with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger plus a range of special guests. This one will sell out, so get in quick!

25 May 2017

Are you going to the Sydney Writers’ Festival this year? What are you planning to see?