Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, and activist. But the title he’s most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder. We are thrilled to welcome Uncle Jack to the 2019 Festival line-up. Read on for more about his story.
The results are in for the Byron Writers Festival annual Flash Your Fiction competition. With over 170 entries, the field was extremely competitive this year. Congratulations to the winner, Sharon Fraser, for her story titled 'Underwater Lily'. The first runner-up was Carmen Vallis for 'How Hard Could it Be?' and the second runner-up was Caroline Henning with 'The Note'. Congratulations also to the ten shortlisted authors, listed below. Each of the shortlisted stories will be printed and displayed at the Byron Writers Festival site on 2-4 August.
If you’re looking for new insights into some of the big issues pervading modern consciousness, look no further than Byron Writers Festival 2019. Read on for an overview of just some of the hot-topic sessions you won’t want to miss each day...
This week we meet the journalists, politicians and philosophers who will come together at Byron Writers Festival 2019 to unpack the challenging terrain of modern politics, free speech and the crisis of democracy that comes with it. Read on for our daily digest of must-see sessions.
Born into care after his mother was forced to give him up, rejected by his adoptive foster family and finally released to his own care at eighteen, Lemn Sissay is a living example of the healing power of poetry. Interview by Katinka Smit.
Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar and the current New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-2019). As the 2016 Commonwealth Poet she wrote and performed a poem for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, while she recently hosted a poetry event with Barack Obama. She spoke with Katinka Smit at Byron Writers Festival 2018.