The annual Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. Each year we present more than 150 sessions during Festival Week and attract an audience of approximately 12,000 people (or 70,000 individual attendances) in the stunning surrounds of Byron Bay.
The Festival line-up includes 140 predominantly Australian writers and thinkers who together challenge, entertain and share their stories, inspirations and insights.
Byron Writers Festival is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and for delivering a diverse program of stimulating and entertaining conversations that celebrate storytelling in all its forms. We aim to bring writers together in an environment that nurtures and invigorates them as much as it does our audience.
The Festival runs in August. For up-to-date information on the Festival Program, please visit our Festival page, and be sure subscribe to our e-newsletter for program announcements and ticket releases.
Festival Photo Gallery
Some of our favourite Festival moments captured over the years
All ears for Trent Dalton, Elise Valmorbida and Matt Haig in ‘How Fiction Can Foster Empathy’
Tim Rogers and Tristan Bancks on ‘How to Get Boys Reading’
All eyes and ears for Tracey Moffatt’s stunning visual presentation
Lemn Sissay gives his powerful reading
Tanya Plibersek was grace personified
Gillian Triggs delivers the Thea Astley address ‘Speaking Up in a Post Truth World’
Kon Karapanagiotidis holds the Power of Hope in the palm of his hand
Manal al-Sharif listens to her co-panellists stories
Kitty Flanagan sets us off in stitches in Friday morning’s Comedy panel with Mandy Nolan and Andrew Hansen
Shep Huntley commands the stage and gets everyone to their feet
Girls’ day out
Just gone fishing…
Spaghetti Circus brought colour to the fields with their incredible birds on stilts
Charlie Veron during an emotional session ‘The Reef: A Life Underwater’
Clementine Ford breathes life into modern-day Feminism
The mood lightens with a laugh (or two)
Festival communications intern Emily Brugman catches ‘The Music Makers’
Melissa Lucashenko, Delta Kay and Tara June Winch join hands for Indigenous Women -pic Kirra Pendergast
Paul Kelly gives us Shakespeare -pic Kirra Pendergast
Charlotte Wood and her fan club -pic Mike Smee
Wet-weather gear -pic Kate Holmes
Rain, what rain? Blue skies broke for ‘True Believers’ -pic Evan Malcolm
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