What are the dates for the next Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival 2017 dates are 4 – 6 August
How can I find out what is on?
The full program of the Byron Writers Festival 2017 will be available online from mid June 2017. The release will include all Marquee sessions, feature events and workshops.
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Do I need to buy tickets?
You certainly do. Access to the Festival site is only available to Pass holders. Early Bird tickets are on sale from early May. Full program tickets, as well as tickets to literary dinners, feature events and workshops will go on sale in June. Most events sell out, so please book early.
How can I get on the program of the Byron Writers Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival is curated by the Festival Director and the Committee of the Byron Writers Festival, in consultation with major Australian publishers and industry bodies. Participation is by invitation only and will be confirmed approximately six months in advance of the Festival date. The program gives a broad definition to the concept of writing and crosses all genres.
Are the writers Australian or international?
The Byron Writers Festival is unique amongst Australia’s major literary festivals in that it celebrates Australian writers, although many of these writers will be of international renown. You will occasionally find an international guest among the line-up, but our philosophy ensures that Australian writing is of core significance in the program.
Where is the Festival held?
The Elements of Byron site is located at the end of Bayshore Drive in the Arts & Industrial Estate. If you are coming from Byron Bay town go approximately 2km along Ewingsdale Rd from the town centre towards the Pacific Highway then turn right at Bayshore Drive (there is a BP Ozigo on the corner of Bayshore Dr and Ewingsdale Rd). If you are coming from the Highway you will need to turn left at BP Ozigo petrol station after approximately 2km.
A Byron Writers Festival shuttle bus service will be available from Byron Bay town centre to North Beach throughout the duration of the Festival. The shuttle will operate from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August 2017, from 8.30am to 6pm. The bus will loop every 30 minutes and will cost $5 per person, per trip. If you prefer to travel the distance by taxi, Byron Bay Taxis and Limousines can be booked by calling (02) 6685 5008
Do I need to be a writer to enjoy the Festival?
Writers Festivals are all about words and ideas and the Byron Writers Festival is perfect for all readers and writers and thinkers. In 2016, we sold over 70,000 individual sessions and most of those were to readers who want to listen to contemporary writers, meet like minded people and fall in love with new books. Writers also relish the opportunity to network with their peers and immerse themselves in the business of the book.
What happens at the Writers Festival?
At the Byron Writers Festival site, you will find five beautiful white marquees plus two indoor conference rooms filled with conversations, panels, readings, lectures and book launches running concurrently. Most sessions are an hour in length, and you can sit and listen for an entire session or wander between marquees as the fancy takes you. The day starts at 9am and the last session will conclude at 5pm. There are coffee and food vendors or you more than welcome to bring a picnic.
Our official bookseller, Mary Ryan’s, has a splendid bookshop in operation, so you may indulge yourself with the books by the authors to whom you have listened. Most authors will be in the book signing area after their sessions.
On Festival Sunday, one marquee is turned over to children’s authors and the kids can have a special day meeting their favourites. In the evening, you can enjoy one of the feature events around town.
Can I submit my work to a publisher at the Byron Writers Festival?
The Festival provides a rich opportunity for publishers to gather, to catch up and network, but primarily they are attending to support their own authors or to participate in the Festival program. It is not appropriate to buttonhole publishers at the Festival: please conform to the usual practice by submitting your manuscript via a literary agent or in accordance with the publisher’s guidelines.
Can I get the contact details for a Festival author?
In order to observe individual right to privacy, we will not divulge any writer’s contact details. Please approach the relevant publisher or agency.
Does the Festival run any writing competitions?
Festival opportunities and competitions are listed here
Can I get a job with the Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival is organised by the six staff and a hands-on Committee, we are a not-for-profit member-based organisation. Employment opportunities within the office are rare, but will always be placed on the Festival website.
Can I volunteer with the Festival?
The Byron Writers Festival relies on its enthusiastic volunteer workforce, with approximately 160 volunteers being rostered before and during the event. More information about volunteering can be found here