#ByronWF2017 Day One in tweets

Byron Writers Festival’s twitterati was as active as ever on the 2017 festival’s first day.

And after 2016’s stormy start, festival-goers could not have asked for more perfect weather…

…or when it came to the line up. One of the most popular sessions on on twitter was Millenials Strike Back with Jennifer Down, Bri Lee and Kayla Rae Whitaker, because, well, millennials are great on social media, and they have plenty to say about everything from employment, creativity and the pursuit or home ownership versus …

Most of the authors were published in the recent Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back edition, co-edited by session chair Jerath Head.

As always, journalism and politics at the festival were popular topics. Dirty politics: Blowback and Repercussions with Malcolm Farr, Caro Meldrum-Hanna and Laura Tingle generated a rowdy crowd and heated twitter conversation:

Tracey Spicer and Lisa Wilkinson had the twitter crowd all a-flutter as well.

Roger Cohen, New York Times journalist, was equally disparaging and eloquent on American politics.

What a great first day – 38 sessions in all – and it’s got us all looking forward to the next two days.

For the seventh year in a row, Southern Cross University students will be reporting through the Byron Writers Festival blog and twitter right through until Sunday night.

Sara Runciman is a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications student.


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