Byron Writers Festival 2022 (26 — 28 August) has revealed a taste of things to come with a tantalizing first announce of incredible guests, and with that comes a fresh stack of books to add to your bedside table. We invite you to treat yourself to some new reads from some of Australia’s best authors.
Please join us in welcoming our new Artistic Director Zoë Pollock, who will helm the 2022 Festival. This coincides with the departure this month of the Festival’s Director, Edwina Johnson, who is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s arts leaders.
In the wake of the cancellation of Byron Writers Festival for a second year in succession, 'northerly' contributor Rebecca Ryall, who was scheduled to be our on-the-ground reporter at the event, has conjured an imagined, envisioned Festival round-up, based on this year’s stellar line-up.
In celebration of NAIDOC week, we shine a light on the voices of Australia’s eminent and emerging First Nations writers who will share and amplify their stories at the Festival site on Arakwal country, where stories have been told for thousands of years.
Ahead of his appearance at Byron Writers Festival 2021, author Kaya Wilson discusses his acclaimed memoir of gender transition and identity, As Beautiful as Any Other: A Memoir of My Body, and how his day job as a tsunami scientist crosses over with his writing.
Christopher Raja’s landmark memoir Into the Suburbs: A Migrant’s Story is an examination of race, class, migration and tragedy through a deeply personal lens. Here he offers his thoughts on the gestation and process of writing the book, prior to his appearance at Byron Writers Festival 2021.
Byron Writers Festival is a 3-day feast for the brain and soul. With more than 150 speakers appearing in 115 sessions over three days (6-8 August) the only problem you’ll have is choosing which sessions to see! Read on for some daily highlights that will enlighten and inspire.
Take a seat as we introduce six writers to kick off the 2021 Byron Writers Festival Line-up. We invite you to join us this 6-8 August for a three-day festival of ideas, conversation and storytelling in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations.
Byron Writers Festival commences Restart Programs. In late April StoryBoard authors, new and old, came together to elevate their presentations and workshops in order to maximise their effectiveness and positive impact on students. The three-day workshop was a result of the Create NSW grant, which aims to support and (safely) restart the arts and cultural sectors.
Byron Writers Festival announces new Restart Residential Retreats. The Restart program is funded by Create NSW, who have granted Byron Writers Festival $185,000 to be dispersed to NSW writers, illustrators and creatives. This grant will be disbursed in residencies as well as free workshops for NSW writers and illustrators of all description.
Vale the incomparable Mungo MacCallum. Mungo was closely involved with Byron Writers Festival since its inception and will be fondly remembered by Festival audiences as the instigator of lively, irreverent discussion, often with a glass of red wine in hand. Thank you to Russell Eldridge for writing this wonderful tribute to his extraordinary life and work.
We’re running an incredible giveaway on Instagram to celebrate the creative culture of the Byron Shire and surrounds. By teaming up with a few of our creative friends who call Byron home, we’re offering you the chance to win this beautiful prize worth $1400. Competition ends Sunday November 8.