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.