More than 400 Australian writers and 45 international guests will descend on Sydney in May for the 2015 edition of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The full program announcement has revealed the theme for this year’s event, ‘How To Live?’, as well as an impressive array of literary talent. Big names include novelist and essayist Mohsin Hamid, who’ll give the opening address; H Is For Hawk author Helen Macdonald, who’ll close the program; actors Alan Cumming and David Walliams; and the best-selling author in the world over the last 13 years, James Patterson.

Representing the locals are the likes of 2014 Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, Evie Wyld, Kate Grenville and David Malouf. Former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and John Howard will appear at different events, as will former Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh.

The 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival takes place from Monday May 18 – Sunday May 24. For the full program and venue and ticketing details, visit the official website.

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