Key Information

Festival

FAQ

Our most frequently asked questions answered below

General

  • What are the dates for the next Festival?
  • How can I find out what is on?
  • Do I need to buy tickets?
  • How can I get on the program of the Byron Writers Festival?
  • Are the writers Australian or international?
  • Where is the Festival held?
  • Do I need to be a writer to enjoy the Festival?
  • What happens at the Writers Festival?
  • Can I submit my work to a publisher at the Byron Writers Festival?
  • Can I get the contact details for a Festival author?
  • Does the Festival run any writing competitions?
  • Can I get a job with the Festival?
  • Can I volunteer with the Festival?
What are the dates for the next Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival 2017 dates are 4 – 6 August
How can I find out what is on?
The full program of the Byron Writers Festival 2017 will be available online from mid June 2017. The release will include all Marquee sessions, feature events and workshops. For program updates including workshop and special event announcements, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Do I need to buy tickets?
You certainly do. Access to the Festival site is only available to Pass holders. Early Bird tickets are on sale from early May.  Full program tickets, as well as tickets to literary dinners,  feature events and workshops will go on sale in June. Most events sell out, so please book early.
How can I get on the program of the Byron Writers Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival is curated by the Festival Director and the Committee of the Byron Writers Festival, in consultation with major Australian publishers and industry bodies. Participation is by invitation only and will be confirmed approximately six months in advance of the Festival date. The program gives a broad definition to the concept of writing and crosses all genres.
Are the writers Australian or international?
The Byron Writers Festival is unique amongst Australia’s major literary festivals in that it celebrates Australian writers, although many of these writers will be of international renown. You will occasionally find an international guest among the line-up, but our philosophy ensures that Australian writing is of core significance in the program.
Where is the Festival held?
The Elements of Byron site is located at the end of Bayshore Drive in the Arts & Industrial Estate. If you are coming from Byron Bay town go approximately 2km along Ewingsdale Rd from the town centre towards the Pacific Highway then turn right at Bayshore Drive (there is a BP Ozigo on the corner of Bayshore Dr and Ewingsdale Rd). If you are coming from the Highway you will need to turn left at BP Ozigo petrol station after approximately 2km. A Byron Writers Festival shuttle bus service will be available from Byron Bay town centre to North Beach throughout the duration of the Festival. The shuttle will operate from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August 2017, from 8.30am to 6pm. The bus will loop every 30 minutes and will cost $5 per person, per trip. If you prefer to travel the distance by taxi, Byron Bay Taxis and Limousines can be booked by calling (02) 6685 5008
Do I need to be a writer to enjoy the Festival?
Writers Festivals are all about words and ideas and the Byron Writers Festival is perfect for all readers and writers and thinkers. In 2016, we sold over 70,000 individual sessions and most of those were to readers who want to listen to contemporary writers, meet like minded people and fall in love with new books. Writers also relish the opportunity to network with their peers and immerse themselves in the business of the book.
What happens at the Writers Festival?
At the Byron Writers Festival site, you will find five beautiful white marquees plus two indoor conference rooms filled with conversations, panels, readings, lectures and book launches running concurrently. Most sessions are an hour in length, and you can sit and listen for an entire session or wander between marquees as the fancy takes you. The day starts at 9am and the last session will conclude at 5pm. There are coffee and food vendors or you more than welcome to bring a picnic. Our official bookseller, Mary Ryan’s, has a splendid bookshop in operation, so you may indulge yourself with the books by the authors to whom you have listened. Most authors will be in the book signing area after their sessions. On Festival Sunday, one marquee is turned over to children’s authors and the kids can have a special day meeting their favourites. In the evening, you can enjoy one of the feature events around town.
Can I submit my work to a publisher at the Byron Writers Festival?
The Festival provides a rich opportunity for publishers to gather, to catch up and network, but primarily they are attending to support their own authors or to participate in the Festival program. It is not appropriate to buttonhole publishers at the Festival: please conform to the usual practice by submitting your manuscript via a literary agent or in accordance with the publisher’s guidelines.
Can I get the contact details for a Festival author?
In order to observe individual right to privacy, we will not divulge any writer’s contact details. Please approach the relevant publisher or agency.
Does the Festival run any writing competitions?
Festival opportunities and competitions are listed here.
Can I get a job with the Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival is organised by the six staff and a hands-on Committee, we are a not-for-profit member-based organisation. Employment opportunities within the office are rare, but will always be placed on the Festival website.
Can I volunteer with the Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival relies on its enthusiastic volunteer workforce, with approximately 160 volunteers being rostered before and during the event. More information about volunteering can be found here.

Ticketing, Festival Entry and Parking

  • How does my e-ticket work?
  • Do I get a wristband?
  • What time do gates open?
  • Where can I park my car?
How does my e-ticket work?
Tickets are emailed to you via our ticketing site, Eventbrite. If you have purchased your ticket online or via the telephone, you should have a received your tickets via email (note: mailed FROM ‘Eventbrite’) as a PDF attachment. Be sure to check your junk mail for this email if you can’t find it. PLEASE PRINT YOUR PDF TICKET before you come to the Festival to facilitate ease of scanning at the entrance gates.
Before you approach the Festival Gates:
  • Have your printed ticket with you, with your barcode visible for scanning, OR
  • Have your ticket displayed on your mobile.
Don’t have your festival ticket printed or your ticket displayed on your mobile device? Please go to the Festival Box Office where a staff member will assist you. DO NOT join the queue at the Festival Gates.
Do I get a wristband?
Yes. Once we scan your ticket, you will receive your wristband. You must wear your wristband at all times while at the festival and you may be checked as you enter various venues.
What time do gates open?
The gates open at 8.00am on every day of the festival. Your ticket will not be processed if you arrive before 8.00am.
Where can I park my car?
Onsite parking will open at 7.45am at a cost of $5 per day. Onsite parking is approximately 200m from the Festival Entrance. Our parking volunteers will direct you as you approach the parking area.
  • Please try to have the correct change ready
  • Please obey all signage and the directions of our volunteers.
  • Disabled Parking is available and our parking volunteers will direct you accordingly. Please have your sticker on display.
  • Byron Writers Festival is not responsible for fines imposed by Byron Shire Council or NSW Police for parking that is contrary to signage.
For car directions and information on our Festival Shuttle bus, please refer to our travel page.