The Sydney Writers' Festival is back in town; so, if you're a lover of literature, we suggest you hop on a plane, organise a car hire in the Sydney airport and join your fellow bookworms for a week of fun and fiction.

Running from May 20 to 26, the Sydney Writers' Festival is the largest annual event dedicated to the written word. Every year it attracts some of the biggest names in publishing as guest speakers, as well as around 80,000 literary fanatics to make up their adoring audiences.

On Wednesday (May 22), writer and comedienne Ruby Wax will be drawing on her own experiences of depression to guide attendees through the murky waters of mental health, and hopefully come out as the masters, rather than the slaves, of their minds.

Ms Wax's presentation is being held at the Sydney Opera House and begins at 20:30.

Thursday (May 23) will provide Sydneysiders with the opportunity to hear Anita Desai discuss her latest work, The Artist of Disappearance. This unique collection of novellas may be set in modern-day India, but – like all of Desai's works – it also deals with the timeless themes of identity, language and loss.

Ms Desai has been described as the "most revered novelist of her generation". If you don't know why, head along to the City Recital Hall at 18:00 and find out!

Finally, one of the festival's most famous faces will be discussing her debut novel, When It Happens To You, on Saturday (May 25). Molly Ringwald, star of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, will be conversing with Australian author Jane Gleeson-White about her new collection of short stories.

So, if you want to share in the intellectual splendour that is the Sydney Writers' Festival, book your car rental in Sydney and hit the books!