A literary sideshow of individually ticketed events outside of the main Festival Program. Featuring a curated selection of guests, our Feature Events will have you laughing, crying, chin-stroking and truly inspired.
THU 2 AUG
The Coal Truth with David Ritter
David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific discusses his new book The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy with Dan Fitzgerald
Dumbo Feather & Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
Date: Thursday 2 August
Time: 10am – 11am Venue: Beach Hotel, Byron Bay Cost: Free, bookings essential
Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty, authors of The Attachment, celebrate their favourite collected correspondences in this surprising, tender and sometimes hilarious charmer of a performance.
Includes afternoon tea provided by Bangalow CWA.
Walking Home within the exhibition: ‘From Here to There: Australian art and walking’
In this performance, Ailsa Piper brings to life her 1300km walk through Spain, the characters she encountered, and the poetry that sustained her along the way.
Lismore Regional Gallery
Date: Friday 3 August
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Lismore Regional Gallery
Cost: Free. No bookings
FRI 3 AUG
Peter Greste in conversation with Jane Hutcheon
Veteran correspondent Peter Greste was arrested in Cairo in 2013 and released without explanation after 400 days. Part memoir, part history, The First Casualty is about how the war on journalism has spread from Middle East battlefields to Western governments.
The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa
Date: Friday 3 August Time: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa Cost: $25
Be inspired by Lemn Sissay poet, playwright, occasional broadcaster and consummate performer. Awarded an MBE for services to literature by the Queen of England he is Chancellor of the University of Manchester and a TEDx alumnus.
There is nothing more comforting than being read to as a child. During Bedtime Stories listen as Brigid Delaney, Kon Karapanagiotidis, Tom Keneally and Sarah Krasnostein retell their books as if for children. With music by Tim Rogers.
MC: Miles Merrill, featuring Jesse Oliver
Your local poets, storytellers, hip-hop artists, stand-up comedians… Whatever they do with words, they get two minutes to set the mic alight. Further details: australianpoetryslam.com
Date: Saturday 4 August Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: Byron Bay Library
Cost: Gold coin donation. Bookings essential
Sarah Krasnostein in conversation with Richard Fidler
Writer and legal academic Sarah Krasnostein’s multi-award-winning first book The Trauma Cleaner tells the story of Sandra Pankhurst’s extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster. Fascinating to the last cleansing revelation.
Women Like Us is two hours of rapid fire stand-up comedy by Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan. Irreverent, outrageous and totally real, these girls don’t just deliver in the birth suite, they do it on stage.
Date: Saturday 4 August
Time: 7.30 – 10pm (inc. interval)
Venue: Banksia Pavilion, Elements of Byron Cost: $35
Five Byron Shire locals each tell a 10-minute tale drawn from life. Featuring Dr Mary Gardner, Arakwal woman Delta Kay, Mayor Simon Richardson, SCU VC Adam Shoemaker. Curated by professional storyteller, Jenni Cargill-Strong.
26th Anniversary featuring Jesse Oliver, David Stavanger and David Hallett. Writers at the Rails provides a stage to feature poets, book launches and poetry slams, while fostering a platform for local and visiting poets to perform new works.
Date: Sunday 5 August
Venue: The Rails Cost: Free. No bookings
SUN 5 AUG
Art in the Pub: Sarah Sentilles on ‘Draw Your Weapons’
In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defence of life lived by peace and principle. A single book might not change the world, but this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world.
Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e inc
Date: Sunday 5 August
Time: 6.30 – 7.30PM
Venue: Courthouse Hotel Mullumbimby Cost: Free. No bookings
Beach Hotel, Byron Bay 1 Bay St, Byron Bay
Byron Bay Library Cnr. Middleton Street & Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Byron Theatre 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Courthouse Hotel Mullumbimby 3 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby
Club Lennox (Lennox Head Bowling Club) 10 Stewart Street, Lennox Head