The highlight of the literary arts calendar, the Sydney Writers’ Festival opens its doors to the public on Monday, May 14. With this year’s theme focusing on the line between the public and the private, the six days of talks, panels and workshops will feature some of the world’s most prominent writers and critics, discussing their literary lives and achievements.

The festival takes place over a number of locations from the City to Walsh Bay to the Blue Mountains. Highlights include the opening address by Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides (Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides) in his first Australian appearance, a Q&A style talk with members of The Chaser team and a panel discussion with some of Australia’s most prominent politicians and media personalities on the state of Australian journalism.

There’s even events for the kids, with popular author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeffrey Kinney, making an appearance.

This and so much more make up the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival, which comprises over 200 events from May 14 to 20.