Connecting students with some of the foremost writers and thinkers from the 2021 Festival program.
Featuring Matt Okine, Helena Fox, Nevo Zisin, Davina Bell, Craig Silvey, Isobelle Carmody, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Will Kostakis, Evelyn Araluen
About the day
Byron Writers Festival invites your school to participate in our annual Secondary Schools Program – a full day of live conversations and panel discussions with some of the foremost writers and thinkers from the 2021 Festival.
When: Thursday 5 August, 10am – 2pm Where: The Festival site (Elements of Byron, Byron Bay) Cost: $17 per student
View the day’s program below and scroll down for author bios and their books.
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10.30am: Finding Humour in Hard Times Matt Okine in conversation with Marc Fennell
11.10am: Beyond Pronouns Nevo Zisin in conversation with Mia Thom
12.10pm: Paths to Understanding Craig Silvey in conversation with Zacharey Jane
12.50pm: Coming of Age during the War on Terror Randa Abdel-Fattah in conversation with Sunil Badami
1.30pm: Poetry and Identity Evelyn Araluen in conversation with Tony Birch
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10.30am: This is How it Feels Helena Fox in conversation with Siboney Duff
11.10am: Connecting Ideas and Imagination Davina Bell in conversation with Sarah Armstrong
12.10pm: Magical Thinking Isobelle Carmody in conversation with Tristan Bancks
12.50pm: Stuff Happens – Will K.’s unexpected journey to writing Will Kostakis in conversation with Grace Lucas-Pennington
How to Book
Click the ‘Book Now’ button to reserve the number of tickets required for your school.
After booking, you will have the opportunity to revise ticket numbers until 16 July. We urge you to determine your school’s numbers as soon as possible, as PLACES ALWAYS FILL UP FAST.
You may pay the booking fee immediately, or you may opt to receive an invoice.
After 16 July, we will send you an invoice if applicable. (Payment can be made via EFT, credit card or cheque to secure your students’ positions). Payment will also be accepted by credit card upon Festival entry. Our strong preference is that schools make payment in entirety BEFORE the event.
Program is designed especially for students in years 7 – 12
Gates open at 9am, sessions run from 10.30am – 2pm
The Festival does not provide supervision
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Festival site.
Complimentary waterfilling station is available onsite, please ask students to bring along their own bottle
Staying COVID Safe at Primary Schools Days 2021
Byron Writers Festival Schools Days will be operating under the NSW Public Health Order in place at the time of the event.
Teachers will be responsible for keeping a list of all participating students and will be required to share this information with NSW Health should the need arise.
Students experiencing flu-like symptoms should not attend.
Venues may be operating at restricted capacity with social distancing measures in place.
For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venues.
We ask that you adhere to all COVID guidelines while attending the event.
View our COVID-Safe Conditions of Entry and full Ticketing Terms & Conditions here.
A digital program will also be available for schools unable to attend the live events. More information to come. Presented in partnership with Southern Cross University and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
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