Byron Writers Festival receives $1M gift

Byron Writers Festival is delighted to announce it has received a pledge of $1M from the Vasudhara Fund.

Byron Writers Festival is delighted to announce it has received a pledge of $1M from the Vasudhara Fund. The gift, to be paid over the next ten years, will contribute to the ongoing viability of the Festival and support the continued presentation of women writers and First Nations authors.

“This incredible gift comes at a critical time for Byron Writers Festival. More than 70% of our income each year is derived from ticket sales and private support. As we rebuild post-pandemic and in the current economic climate, this generous pledge is a vital lifeline to ensure this iconic event can continue,” said Zoe Pollock, Byron Writers Festival CEO & Artistic Director.

“The Vasudhara Fund has values that align to and support the aims of Byron Writers Festival to connect writers with their readers and to ensure First Nations storytellers and women writers are featured prominently. Through the support they have given this year we have been able to extend complimentary tickets to 50 First Nations community members to attend this year’s festival. The $1M pledge unlocks incredible potential to extend the work of making the festival more accessible. Without donations, big and small, Byron Writers Festival would not be possible, and we are so grateful to our supporters and the Vasudhara Fund for demonstrating the power of philanthropy in our Northern Rivers community.”

The Vasudhara Fund is focused on supporting early-stage innovative and creative social impact projects, in both the not-for-profit and social enterprise worlds.

Australia’s leading regional literary celebration, Byron Writers Festival, opens the book on its 27th edition on Friday 11th of August through to Sunday 13th August. More than 120 writers, big thinkers and storytellers converge at the festival’s beautiful new site in Bangalow to explore the theme ‘Wild Imagination’ and celebrate the power of storytelling with festival audiences. Taking place at the Bangalow Showground and historic A&I Hall the festival gives audiences the freedom to wander between five stages and more than eighty sessions spanning a myriad topics including the environment, contemporary social issues, poetry, politics, memoir and fiction.

Byron Writers Festival relies on donations and private support to achieve its mission to connect, inspire and celebrate the power of story.

Book your festival pass at

Byron Writers Festival