Mark your calendar for Byron Writers Festival 2022, set to take place this August 26 — 28 at our new site, the beautiful North Byron Parklands.
Australia’s favourite regional literary festival
For three days in August, more than 100 writers and thinkers will come together in Byron to ponder the power of stories and the written word in shaping who we are. Now in its 26th year, Byron Writers Festival has become famous for its relaxed and friendly vibe, open-air coastal location and compelling conversations spanning a mix of genres including environment, first nations, politics, philosophy, music, art, social issues and of course memoir and fiction.
Let’s celebrate the power of words
Now more than ever, the joy of gathering together to listen, reflect, laugh and be uplifted, feels so important. Expect to hear from your favourite authors, discover new talented writers and listen to conversations with some of our greatest thinkers on the topics that matter now.
We can’t wait to welcome you to this wonderful event!
June 8: Members’ Early Bird pre-sale June 15: Early Bird 3-day Passes on sale (one week only), first guest announcement June 30: Sunday Locals Passes on sale (*limited release, conditions apply) July 13: Full program announced – all tickets on sale Aug 26-28: Festival Weekend
Who is it for
For writers, readers and people that believe in the power of storytelling, ideas and healthy debate as a force for good.
$90 – $135 for a full day pass giving you access to over 35 sessions across 5 stages each day
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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!