Byron Writers Festival 2023 (11-13 August) was an overwhelming success, welcoming capacity crowds to bask in the winter sunshine at our stunning new location at Bangalow Showground.
More than 120 writers, thinkers, storytellers and poets created a diverse program of memorable conversations and panels that explored the theme of ‘Wild Imagination’. Close to 10,000 guests, who ranged from passionate lovers of words to the youngest of readers, attended this year’s event that included 80 sessions on the festival grounds, 8 workshops, 12 feature and satellite events, and a two-day schools program for primary and secondary students.
“What an incredible five days – our beautiful new site in Bangalow was absolutely singing with joy! Our audience was entertained, inspired and motivated to imagine wildly different worlds by our program of talented storytellers. The conversations were compelling and thought provoking. And it all happened under the shining sun and the cool shade of the Bangalow Showground trees. Today our community is bound in the connections that literature creates.”
– Zoe Pollock, CEO & Artistic Director of Byron Writers Festival 2023
We have been overwhelmed with the kind words during the festival and messages that have been flooding our inboxes since, and are grateful to have been able to share this inspiring program with you all.
A huge thanks extends to ticket buyers who donated to the festival, meaning close to 500 students from flood affected schools were able to attend the festival’s schools program at no cost, with a further $3000 donated to support students in 2024.
And finally, thank you to our tireless volunteers, who travelled from across the Northern Rivers community and beyond helped deliver the festival. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Byron Writers Festival creates moments where those who are brave enough to tell their stories can make us all feel seen and heard. In times like these, our mission to connect, inspire and celebrate the power of story is more important than ever – and your support is essential to achieving that mission.
Your generosity fosters curiosity, connection and empowers storytellers from everywhere.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.