Mix interesting facts about animals and nature with magic and spells, throw in a few questions about bums and farts, and you’ve got a fair chance of giggling, happy children. Adults were likewise spoiled for choice with panels covering geopolitics, crime, climate, resilience, hope and love.
A cool, wet morning ushered in a tantalising program on Day Two. Packed marquees bore witness to the unfurling conversation about climate change, connection to Country, identity and truth – that most radical of hopes. Our Southern Cross University student reporters wrap up another magnificent day.
Sunshine and clear blue skies set the tone for the first day of ‘radical hope’ at Byron Writers Festival 2022. There were ear-to-ear grins on the faces of patrons as they piled off the local solar train, eager for the first in-person version in three years of their beloved festival. The buzz was palpable as the packed program kicked off.
Free speech issues are global, but this session focussed on Australia where public interest journalists, whistleblowers and advocates face increasing pressure from government to stop reporting, whistleblowing and advocating.
Writing a personal memoir takes strength of mind and soul. To talk publicly and write about the self and the life history of one’s own family is a feat no one should dismiss as anything other than monumental.