‘Byron Writers Festival has been built and sustained by a passionate community – being part of it has nourished my soul for 20 years. It will continue to nourish the hearts and minds of our broad family of patrons, guests, partners and volunteers for many years to come.’ – Chris Hanley, Founder of Byron Writers Festival.
Byron Writers Festival had its beginnings in 1997, when a small group of locals wondered whether authors might accept an invitation to spend a winter’s weekend in Byron Bay. They did, and since then it has become Australia’s largest regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas.
As a non-profit organisation, Byron Writers Festival receives less than 20% of its revenue from public funding, with the remainder coming from partners, supporters and donors.
We rely on your support to continue celebrating (primarily) Australian stories and literature, enhancing the skills of local writers, and nurturing the next generation of readers and writers. As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of staff and volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. Amounts over $2 are tax deductible.
Your donations will:
You can donate online or contact Emma on (02) 6685 5115 or [email protected]
Inspiring every child in the Northern Rivers region to write and tell their story.
‘My son has struggled with reading and writing for 2 years. He has been diagnosed with everything from dyslexia to audio processing delays… After the Byron Writers Festival “StoryBoard” visit to his school, I have to say, something has changed in him. He came home bursting with ideas and confidence and has since created six books. It gave me SUCH joy because this is a kid who was too anxious to even attempt to read until recently, let alone write. Thank you, you are doing truly beautiful and important work!’ – Sarah, Bangalow NSW.
Byron Writers Festival is committed to getting young people excited about literature, literacy, and creativity. According to UnitingCare, in some parts of the Northern Rivers as many as 1 in 3 children live below the poverty line, but research shows that if these kids are “language rich” they are more likely to have the same opportunities to thrive as other children. Words literally have the power to move kids out of disadvantage, and give them the tools to create their future.
Byron Writers Festival aims to help give these kids a better start through our children’s programs:
Whilst we are lucky enough to receive some grant funding to support this work, we need your help to achieve our vision of inspiring every child in the Northern Rivers to write and tell their stories.
By making a tax-deductible donation, you will help:
You can donate online or contact Emma on 02 6685 5115 or [email protected]
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