If you are coming to the festival and would like to ensure the future of this wonderful event, please consider becoming a festival sponsor. Donations go towards the many costs of running the event. We are currently not a charity so donations are not tax deductible at this point for individuals. However, businesses making a donation may be able to claim the amount donated. We are happy to discuss how this may be possible.


All donations, large or small, will be gratefully received and your generosity will be acknowledged on our website. Donations may be made directly to our bank account:
NAME: St Albans Writers’ Festival BANK: St George BSB: 112879 ACCOUNT NUMBER: 494027464

Sponsor a Session (one writer and facilitator) $400
  • acknowledgement on our website (on individual session information and sponsor listings)
  • verbal acknowledgement at the session itself
  • two festival dinner tickets
  • front row reserved seating for the session (for up to two people)
Sponsor a Panel Session – $500 (up to three writers and a facilitator in the session)
  • acknowledgement on our website (on individual session information and sponsor listings)
  • verbal and visual acknowledgement at the session itself
  • two festival dinner ticket (option to purchase additional tickets)
  • front row reserved seating for the session (for up to two people)

If you would like to sponsor a session, please email to find out which sessions are available.

Festival partner

Please contact us directly to discuss larger donations and becoming a festival partner.

To find out more and to organize sponsorship, please contact:



Our council is a major sponsor of the festival this year, donating the use of their grounds and also making a financial contribution and support in kind. We are also jointly running a writing workshop for them in August extending the reach of the festival.


Our Festival Centre bookshop is run by Berkelouw Books, Paddington who have staunching supported us since the beginning. Make them feel welcome and stock up your bookshelves for the coming year.


We cannot thank Virgin Australia enough for helping us fly writers in from interstate. Without their generosity, the Festival would not have had been able to invite writers from outside New South Wales. We are very grateful.


We would like to thank Patrick and Jonathan at Coast Design for our wonderful website and publicity materials. We love the miniature models!


We thank The Saturday Paper for their support.


Simmone Logue is back for a second year at the festival, undaunted by the challenge of a greenfield site. This year she has also supported our lunch at Woollahra Library. Anyone who has tasted her food at any number of celebrations will know how lucky we are to have her support and the personal touch she brings to feeding us over the weekend. Our visitors are assured of delicious food, beautifully presented and good coffee.


Over the weekend we will be drinking Bibliotheque Wines: Humorous Verse and Military History along with a sparkling chardonnay/pinot noir. Cheers to Single Vineyard Sellers!


Small Publisher of the year for 2016 and 2017, New South Publishing is sponsoring the authors’ Green Room. Three of their writers are speaking at the Festival: Madeline Gleeson, Paul Irish and Rachel Landers. Their mission is to publish books that make a difference, books that get people talking and books that can change people’s minds.


HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in over 30 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Miles Franklin Award, the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize. Publishing Australian stories since 1888, HarperCollins, incorporating the Angus & Robertson imprint, is Australia’s foundation publisher. It is a subsidiary of News Corp.


The New South Wales Writers’ Centre supports the Festival by facilitating the session Publishing for the Inside as well as advertising the Festival in their publication Newswrite.
The Centre is a government-funded not for profit organisation which promotes writing and writers in NSW. It provides a diverse and dynamic program for writers as well as mentorship, manuscript assessment and support for writers across the State.


Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin is an exciting writing programme offering a range of courses from one-day workshops to longer courses devised by the foremost practitioners in their fields. If you have a story to tell, why not study with two of the world’s leading publishers?


Thank you to Better Reading for telling their readers about the Festival. If you haven’t yet discovered this go-to website for finding your next great read, see and Facebook. There are book recommendations, author interviews and live videos, as well as updates about what’s making news in the world of books. There’s even a live book club you can join from your own lounge room!


The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its 40 year history the company has developed a reputation as a leader in these fields, understanding the rigours of working in a design construct environment and working with other trades and services to ensure delivery of a fully integrated package.


With more than 150 branches across Australia and New Zealand, Kennards Hire is Australia’s #1 family-owned supplier of high quality, hire equipment. From DIY through small-medium projects to large construction sites, our equipment range is available to hire and make your job easy. Our extensive range of hire equipment is worth shouting about and our staff are experts in the trade.


You can buy with confidence from Adelphi. We deliver online printing convenience combined with quality, dependability and fast printing turnaround times at affordable prices with FREE Shipping. If you haven’t contemplated ordering your printing online, we hope you’ll consider us for your next printing project. Give us a call – we’re here to help you. Our goal is to make printing easy to order and affordable.


We are very grateful to Woollahra Library for hosting our city launch.



Venue Sponsors

New South Publishing 

Session Sponsors 
Berkelouw Books & Harry Hartog – Meredith Jaffé, Melanie Joosten, Rachel Leary: Emerging Australian novelists
Ruth and Jamie Green – George Miller: Mad Max: Fury Road 
Faber Writing Academy – Kathryn Heyman: Storm and Grace
Richard Funston and Kiong Lee – Sebastian Smee: The Art of Rivalry
Tony Simpson – Col Lyons: Welcome to country
John Vallance – Hugh Mackay: Selling the dream
Carole Maher of the Sydney Millinery Company – Nikki Gemmell: After
The Dragsunds of Cosynook – Gil Jones: Conspiracy of silence
Virginia & Simon Swanson – From facts to fiction: Tony Jones and Michael Brissenden
Susan Templeman, MP, Federal Member for Macquarie  – The end of life: Nikki Gemmell, Mark Tedeschi and Leah Kaminsky
Jo and John McNiven – Murder at Myall Creek: Mark Tedeschi
Accommodation Sponsors

Lisa & Rob Berecry

Jane & Warwick Blacker

Linda Bracken & Andy Henley

Gillian & Peter Jessup

Jamie Brigden & Dianne Chambers

Myra Fox

Jane & Mark Fulton

Richard Funston & Kiong Lee

Ruth & Jamie Green

Peter & Veronica Hunter

Siobhan Mahoney & Richard Eke

Anne & Kerry Malcolm

Catherine du Peloux Menagé & John Vallance

Kaye Remington

Chris & Rachel Stephenson

Pieter von Straalen & Sharon Hall Thornton

Jan Slattery & Bruce Wood

Claire & Tom Williams



Catherine du Peloux Menagé

Myra Fox

Colleen Navin

Jonathan Nolan

supported by: Siobhan Mahoney, Kaye Remington, Tony Simpson


Rebecca Allen

Jem Hoppe-Smith

Maddi Newling


Event volunteers
Catering and Bar Managers

Kate Stuart

Sharon Hall Thornton


Medical Support

Dr Dianne Chambers


Registration Marquee Managers

Rikke Hansen

Vera Zaccari


Security Volunteer Managers

Sherri McMahon & Ingrid Cullen


Technical Support

Andy Henley, David Rawlinson, Brian Visser & David Swan


Venue Managers

Ruth & Jamie Green



We would also like to acknowledge the overwhelming support and encouragement we have had from the St Albans community in getting this not-for-profit event up and running.

Festival tickets are limited so bookings are essential.