Byron Writers Festival

5-7 August 2016
2016 Festival


The 2016 Festival Program explores the importance and power of literature and debate in shaping our lives. It facilitates the all-important and age-old art of storytelling and nurtures the benefits that flow from tales and talking about life.

Festival Program

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  • Friday 5 August
  • Saturday 6 August
  • Sunday 7 August
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  • Secondary Schools Day
Sessions 1 – 41
Sessions 42 – 85
Sessions 86 – 123
Thursday 4 August

Program Changes

Please note our program is subject to change. Program and schedule changes will be listed daily at the Festival, as well as below in the lead-up to the Festival.

Helen Garner, Mark Occhilupo, Gary Ramage, Cheryl Strayed and Claire Zorn are regrettably no longer able to attend the Festival. The Festival team apologises for any disappointment. Please check the Session Changes Info Board outside Marquees and Stages for daily updates of effected sessions*.

*Updated sessions and new writers

As a result of these unfortunate circumstances, we are pleased announce the following new sessions and additions to our guest list:

Session 2: Jane Harper in conversation with Caroline Baum

Jane Harper will replace Cheryl Strayed
Friday 5 August
10.00 – 11.00am
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Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years and won of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for her first novel, The Dry.

Session 9: ABC RN: Books and Arts Live Broadcast

George Megalogenis will replace Helen Garner
Friday 5 August
10.00 – 11.00am
Yellow Brick Road Pavilion

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great.

Session 61: The Art of Walking

Ailsa Piper will replace Cheryl Strayed
Saturday 6 August
2.45 – 3.45pm
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Ailsa Piper has worked as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. Her memoir, Sinning Across Spain, an investigation of personal morality, is the story of her solo walk along a 1300 kilometre Spanish trail.

Session 102: Sarah Ferguson in conversation with Matthew Condon

Sarah Ferguson will replace Helen Garner
Sunday 7 August
1.45 – 2.45pm
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Join Gold Walkley award-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson in conversation with Matthew Condon probing ‘The Killing Season Uncut’; the book that delves behind the scenes of her captivating ABC TV series.