We are thrilled to share a taste of what’s in store for Byron Writers Festival 2022. Join us this 26—28 August for a three-day festival of ideas, conversation and storytelling in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations.
International bestseller Trent Dalton, award-winning contemporary artist Ben Quilty and one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters, author Indira Naidoo are just some of the leading lights heading to Byron Shire to inspire audiences. We will also welcome 2022 Stella Prize winning poet Evelyn Araluen, acclaimed Northern Rivers author Jessie Cole and award winning author and historian Yves Rees.
Read on to discover more about these guests and their books. 3-Day Passes are now on sale. Mark 13 July in your calendar for the full program announcement and all tickets on sale.
Born and raised on Dharug country, Evelyn Araluen is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation and is an exciting, vibrant young voice in Australian writing. Her debut collection of poetry and prose Dropbear was awarded the 2022 Stella Prize, the first time a collection of poetry has won this coveted prize celebrating female authors. Dropbear confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury.
Northern Rivers author Jessie Cole is the author of four books. Tim Winton described her memoir Staying as ‘A wounded, lovely, luminous book about grief, trauma and the strange healing potential of words’. Cole’s latest book Desire is an unabashed, thrilling exploration of the very nature of desire, a story about vulnerability and strength, loss and regeneration. A memoir of the body, Desire is a visceral book in which feeling and longing are laid bare.
One of Australia’s most loved authors Trent Dalton gained international recognition with his bestselling, semi-autobiographical novel Boy Swallows Universe followed by All Our Shimmering Skies, a novel that journeys deep into the heart of Australia. For his latest book Love Stories, Dalton spent weeks on a Brisbane street corner with an old Olivetti typewriter and asked people to tell him a love story. The result is a warm, wise, poignant, funny and moving book about love in all its guises, told by Australians from all walks of life.
During her thirty-year award-winning journalistic career, Indira Naidoo has hosted and reported for some of the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programs. A passionate advocate for environmental and food sustainability issues, she is author of the bestselling The Edible Balcony and The Edible City. Her latest book A Space Between the Stars, written after the death of her sister, is a beautiful tribute to love, loss and the magical power of nature to heal.
Ben Quilty is one of Australia’s most famous living artists. From the dangerous coming of age rituals of young Australian men, to the complex social history of his country, he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and belonging. A celebrated war artist, his latest series of work and the accompanying book Free Fall, revisits the iconic images taken by photojournalist (and cousin) Andrew Quilty of the 2005 Cronulla riots and explores the modern phenomenon of Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University, co-host of Archive Fever podcast and presenter of a regular history segment on ABC Radio Melbourne. Their memoir All About Yves tells their moving journey of re-becoming, at the same time laying bare the messiness of bodies, gender and identity. It shares the challenges and joys of being transgender in Australia today, and reveals how trans experiences like Yves’ can teach all of us about what it means to be human.
2022 Key Dates and Ticketing Info
15 — 22 June: First guests announced, Early Bird 3-Day Passes available for one week only, $235 members, $275 general
30 June: Sunday Locals’ tickets on sale (limited release, conditions apply), $90
12 July: Full program and 24 hour priority booking window available for members
13 July: Full program announced and all Festival, Workshop and Satellite Event tickets on sale: 3-Day Pass $255 members / $299 general; 1-Day Pass, $110 members / $135 general
26 — 28 August: Festival Weekend
Notes and conditions
All tickets are available to purchase online, over the phone via (02) 6685 5115 or in person at our offices in Byron Bay.
Byron Writers Festival is committed to the wellbeing of all Festival attendees, participants and staff. We will be keeping updated with Covid safety restrictions and will continue to strictly follow the guidelines as set out by the NSW Department of Health.
Join as a member and save
Join today for discounts on Festival tickets. Other festival member benefits include a special preview of the Full Program online and a 24 hour priority booking window. You can read the full list of annual member benefits and sign up via our Members Page.
Got a question?
For further information about the 2022 Festival and how it will run, please refer to our FAQs page.
The new festival site is located at North Byron Parklands, 126 Tweed Valley Way, Yelgun (approx 20min drive north of Byron Bay).
On-site car parking will be adjacent to the festival and within easy walking distance of where the action takes place.
A free shuttle service will run between Byron Bay CBD, Elements of Byron, and the festival site. The shuttle bus will drop passengers off close to the festival entrance gates.
Donate to Byron Writers Festival
As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of staff and volunteers, donations of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community and contributing to the success of future Festivals. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you!
The sun shone under a bluebird sky after a rainbow-dappled Friday to the delight of weekend Festival-goers. An unforgettable weekend for our guests and patrons alike.
And we’re off!
Babara Toner finds her funny bone with Toni Jordan and Mandy Nolan
Lessons in scarf-wearing: Head, neck and shoulders.
Nevo Zisin on growing up queer in Australia
#MeToo: Where To? with Amal Awad, Ginger Gorman, David Leser and Tracey Spicer
Tara June Winch lays down the law when it comes to creativity and motherhood
The PM Years with Kevin Rudd
John Marsden on The Art of Growing Up
No pots of gold unfortunately, but plenty of golden nuggets at the end of these rainbows!
Vicki Laveau-Harvie on Memoir: Running in the Family
Dr Julia Shaw delves into our darker thoughts on Exploring Evil with Gianrico Carofiglio
Markus Zusak on crossing his Bridge of Clay
Storm Clouds stayed at bay for most of the day
Natasha Stott Despoja, Scott Ludlam and Dennis Atkins tackle the question: What’s Happened to our Politics
Lisa-ann Gershwin on the joys of jellyfish
Crusaders Against Corruption
Roman Quaedvlieg on Crusaders Against Corruption
Kate McClymont on Crusaders Against Corruption
Ash Grunwald shares some acoustic tunes in his session
Bruce Pascoe, Bronwyn Bancroft and Karla Dickens share a joke with chair Adam Shoemaker in The Stories Embedded in Landscape
Bruce Pascoe enjoys a good ribbing
Streaming in on Saturday under our Festival flags
Delta Kay takes flight for Welcome to Country
Mob reunions with Melissa Lucashenko, Uncle Jack Charles and Delta Kay
Getting their kicks
Well… THAT was funny
Sarah Hanson Young shares a laugh on ‘The Mental Load: A Woman’s Lot
Gabbie Stroud’s heartfelt experiences resonate with many
Sharing the load in The Mental Load
Natasha Stott Despoja on Domestic Violence: A National Emergency
Full house for Resilience, Strength and Adversity with Leigh Sales, Chloe Hooper and Tim Costello
Soaking it up
Uncle Jack Charles had us laughing and crying in his memorable conversation
The Sculpture Appreciation Society strike a pose
Dr Julia Shaw strikes a pose
Bruce Pascoe’s conversation with Kerry O’Brien drew capacity crowds under a sunny winter’s sky
A standing ovation for Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu conversation with Kerry O’Brien
Adam Spence and Eddie Woo get their geek on in Amazing Mathematics
An overflowing room sits riveted to Behrouz Boochani, live streamed from Manus Island
Min Jin Lee, Benjamin Law, Jennifer Clement and Markus Zusak on the Family as Saga
Jennifer Clement reflects on Family Saga
Question time with Alison Lester at Kids Big Day Out
Hands up for Morris Gleitzman at Kids Big Day Out
Our 2019 Story Sleuths with Tristan Bancks
The StoryBoard Story Space in action at Kids Big Day Out
Alison Lester’s mural gets some finishing touches
A.C. Grayling inspires the next generation of philosophers
A.C. Grayling delivers the annual Thea Astley Address on Democracy and its Crisis
Sitting back for Democracy and its Crisis
Hung Le relives one of many awkward moments…v
And the audience laps it up!
Taking time out to reflect
Dmon Gameau on his hopes for 2040 with Nathan Scolaro
Ending the weekend on a high note with Shire Choir
Shire Choir’s Malea Naughton
Coming together as community to celebrate and rejoice!
A HUGE thank you to all of our WONDERFUL volunteers!! Your smiles and generosity are what make this Festival truly special!A HUGE thank you to all of our WONDERFUL volunteers!! Your smiles and generosity are what make this Festival truly special!