Sydney Muslim
Writers’ Festival


About Event

The inaugural Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival will be held on 12 February 2022. It aims to provide a space for Muslim writers and thinkers to discuss and share their experiences and celebrate the growing literature of the Muslim community.

Writers will take part in a panel discussion and exchange ideas between the panellists and the audience. Audiences will have the opportunity to engage, learn and ask questions from the writers. The festival will include local and international writers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival will take place at Bankstown Learning Centre. The festival is pioneered by ISRA in partnership with the Canterbury Bankstown City Council – home for many Muslims from diverse cultural backgrounds. The event is also sponsored by Booktopia, among other sponsors.

All lovers of books and knowledge are welcome. The programme targets all age groups, adults, families, youth, teenagers and school children from different backgrounds. A separate session will be allocated for children’s books, allowing younger readers to also take part and engage them with live readings and authors. To add extra life to the festival we will have performances, fun activities and arts corners including (but not limited to) calligraphy, henna, fine arts and many more.  

With our city slowly returning to life after lockdown, we aim to bring hope and inspiration for a better future through the Inaugural Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival.

Sydney Muslim Writers’ Festival committee members:

  • Mouna Elmir
  • Hanan Merheb
  • Lina Ali
  • Prof Mehmet Ozalp
  • Naima Ibrahim
  • Baseerah Khalil
  • Orhan Kaba
  • Ahmet Ozturk

For updates about the festival programme and our authors visit this website regularly and look for us on our Facebook and Instagram page.



Event Details

Opening Night

Thursday 3 February 2022

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bryan Brown Theatre
Corner of Rickard and Chapel Roads, 80 Rickard Rd, Bankstown NSW 2200

Main Festival Day

saturday 12 February 2022

9:00am registration
9:30am – 6:00pm

Corner of Rickard and Chapel Roads, 80 Rickard Rd, Bankstown NSW 2200

There will be limited childminding on the day comprising of morning session (9.30am-12.30pm) and afternoon session (2pm-5.45pm) on first come-first served basis. It will be $10 per session, paid at the door (cash or card).

Writers' Workshops

sunday 13 February 2022


isra auburn
Level 3/128-136 S Parade, Auburn NSW 2144

Saturday 12 February 2022

What's on Offer

Panel Sessions



Poetry session

Children's Authors

Arts corner

Traditional Story Telling tent