Coffs Harbour, 8 April
Grafton, 8 April
Nambucca Heads, 9 April
Kempsey, 10 April
Port Macquarie, 11 April
Taree, 12 April
WRITERS ON THE ROAD 2019
Celebrating the diversity of storytelling everywhere
Writers on the Road is an entertaining event for lovers of books and stories who would like to meet the authors and share their ideas on storytelling. It is a free event, open to all ages.
Byron Writers Festival is bringing a taste of the festival to regional towns in NSW with its annual Writers on the Road tour. Five acclaimed writers and storytellers will board the magnificent Storyboard bus and make stops in Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Nambucca Heads, Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Taree from 8 – 12 April.
Artists participating in this April’s road trip are illustrator Tony Flowers, Australian Slam Poetry Finalist Anna Stewart, YA novelist Melaina Faranda and Arakwal storyteller Delta Kay; author and MC Zacharey Jane.
While in each town, they will be sharing their penmanship with local students, readers and writers in a series of workshops, discussions and conversations.
Venue: Crown Hotel, Grafton, 1 Prince St, Grafton Time: 7.00pm
Event includes the Slam Poetry Regional Final.
FREE. For more information contact venue on (02) 6642 4000
Nambucca Heads, Tuesday 9 April
Venue: Nambucca Heads Library, 23 Ridge St, Nambucca Heads Time: 5.00pm
FREE. For more information contact venue on (02) 6568 2555
Kempsey, Wednesday 10 April
Venue: Kempsey Library, Cnr Tozer & Elbow Sts, West Kempsey Time: 5.00pm
FREE. For more information contact (02) 6566 3201
Port Macquarie, Thursday 11 April
Venue: Port Macquarie Library, Grant St, Port Macquarie Time: 6.00pm
FREE. For more information contact venue on: (02) 6581 8755
Taree, Friday 12 April
Venue: Taree Library, 242 Victoria Street, Taree Time: 6.00pm
FREE. Bookings welcome via midcoastlibraries.com.au/events
For more information contact (02) 6592 5290.
Meet the team
Melaina loves to weave the enchantment that makes classroom walls fly away. She has written over fifty books for children and teenagers, been published by over ten different publishers, and worked with twenty odd (sometimes in both senses) editors in Australia and internationally. As a trained teacher and avid lover of fun and story in all forms, Melaina is equal parts performer to writer, with a vast experience in providing inspirational workshops to thousands of young writers, from 4 to 18. Her editing boot-camp gives students the tools to make their writing the best it can be. Melaina’s most common feedback is, ‘I didn’t even like reading before but now I want to be a writer.’ And, ‘That was fun! Please come back again.’
Tony is a passionate illustrator with a love of the absurd and the silly. Tony and author Nick Falk are responsible for the ‘Saurus Street’, ‘Billy is a Dragon’, Samurai vs Ninja’ and the “How to…’ series, which have received positive reviews from Speech Pathology Australia and educators of early and reluctant readers. The highly illustrated and engaging illustrations help children to continue to turn pages and continue to read. Tony has filled pages with vegetable smashing tyrannosauruses; fish slapping Samurai, time travelling triceratops, Young Shakespeare and kung-fu fighting worms. Not content with these creations, he has created armies of chickens, adventurous dragons, sneaky werewolves and dogs of all shapes and sizes. Tony is now working hard to complete his PhD at the University of Canberra.
An Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman and proud mother and grandmother, Delta is passionate about sharing her culture and protecting Country.
Anna first stumbled across a spoken word poetry event three years ago because they had a crush on someone working behind the bar. They immediately fell in love with the art and have since become a fixed performer in the Hobart scene. Their poetry is a conglomeration of rap, hip hop, rhythm, and classical poetry, often focussing on themes of queer Christianity, lgbtq issues, and privilege. After competing in the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam National Final, they established the regular Hobart Slam competition WhamBamSilverSlam!, and have featured at multiple events, including Melbourne’s GriffinSlam. They returned to Sydney for the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam National Final, as the Tasmanian Slam Champion, and took out second place. To Anna, poetry has become a lifesaver and a platform for social change. They hope you’ll sit down and really think about your privilege and your pronouns after hearing their work.
Zacharey Jane is an author, journalist and teacher. She has been MC of the Byron Writers Festival Road Trip, Writers on the Road, since its inception in 2014, when she also travelled as a writer. As MC of this wonderful road trip event, Zacharey is always impressed by the passion and power of the touring artists, and their ability as entertainers and communicators, as well as storytellers.