Welcome to the 25th anniversary of Byron Writers Festival! Featuring Archie Roach, Julia Baird, Richard Flanagan, Judith Lucy, Marcia Langton, Bryan Brown, Kate Grenville, The Betoota Advocate, Alice Pung, Raina MacIntyre, Nevo Zisin, Evelyn Araluen and many many more.
We are thrilled to reveal our full Festival 2021 program featuring more than 150 celebrated authors, commentators and powerful new voices. Choose from 115 panels and conversations across six stages from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August, as well as a series of satellite events throughout the Northern Rivers (many of which are free) and a diverse selection of writers’ workshops.
At the core of our Festival is the belief in the power of story as a means to connect, heal and make change. Story provides the framework for understanding. Never more so than when we are faced with the shock of a pandemic that has insisted we learn new ways of being and engaging.
So join us this 6—8 August for a three-day festival of ideas, conversation and storytelling in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations.
Dive into our three-day Festival program of 115 sessions with writers, commentators, environmentalists, poets, politicians, comedians and artists who together shape stories of hope, courage and change.
Never been and heard great things? Nearly a third of our audiences each year are Festival first timers and 97% of them say they can’t wait to come back! Get a taste of what’s in store and relive the highlights from 2018. And don’t forget to spread the word and tell your friends!
All ears for Trent Dalton, Elise Valmorbida and Matt Haig in ‘How Fiction Can Foster Empathy’
Tim Rogers and Tristan Bancks on ‘How to Get Boys Reading’
Selina Tusitala Marsh and Ben Hobson
All eyes and ears for Tracey Moffatt’s stunning visual presentation
The crowd erupts following Lemn Sissay’s reading from ‘Gold From the Stone’
Lemn Sissay gives his powerful reading
‘What if Women Ruled the World’ with Jacqui Lambie, Bri Lee and Anne Aly
Whale researcher Micheline Jenner
Tanya Plibersek was grace personified
Our next generation leans in
Gillian Triggs delivers the Thea Astley address ‘Speaking Up in a Post Truth World’
Kerry O’Brien, Jenny Hocking and our AUSLAN interpreter relay the secrets behind ‘The Dismissal’
Kon Karapanagiotidis holds the Power of Hope in the palm of his hand
Manal al-Sharif listens to her co-panellists stories
Kitty Flanagan sets us off in stitches in Friday morning’s Comedy panel with Mandy Nolan and Andrew Hansen