The Board serves to guide and support the myriad activities of Byron Writers Festival. Their skills and passions underpin the success of Australia’s largest regional writers’ festival.
Adam van Kempen
Adam van Kempen is the chair of Byron Writers Festival board and is the principal of BvK Solicitors & Attorneys. He joined the Festival board in 2012 and is also on the board of Sprung!
Cheryl Bourne is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and has been an avid supporter of Byron Writers Festival since its inception. She holds the position of Treasurer on the Festival board.
Hilarie Dunn is a marketing and communication practitioner who has worked for many years in the corporate and education sectors. Since moving to the Northern Rivers in 2017 she has shifted career focus to her long-held interest in the arts, in particular the Byron Writers Festival.
Marele Day is a best-selling, award-winning author of international acclaim who joined the Festival board in 2000.
Dr Lynda Hawryluk has been the Southern Cross University representative on the Festival board since 2013. She is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at SCU, and Course Coordinator of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing.
Lynda Dean OAM
Lynda Dean has been on the Byron Writers Festival board since 1995. She has run businesses in the natural health industry including Thursday Plantation and Organic India while being active in a wide range of community development projects.
Dr Anneli Knight is a writer, journalist, and business writing trainer and consultant. She joined the Festival board in 2014. Anneli has two decades of writing experience spanning journalistic, legal, academic, corporate, online, fiction and long-form non-fiction forms.
Grace is an Aboriginal (Bundajalung) editor specialising in fiction and poetry. Grace also works in the Australian publishing industry as a creative consultant, peer assessor, guest lecturer, and industry advisor.
Dr Jesse Blackadder was an international award-winning author of fiction and served on the Byron Writers Festival board from 2011 until her death in June 2020. We will miss her dearly.
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