In light of current public health advice regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Writers on the Road regional tour (30 March – 3 April) will be rescheduled to later in the year. Please subscribe to our E-newsletter for updates.
Writers on the Road, the free Byron Writers Festival touring program, is taking the road less travelled this year with a crew of literary renegades. Acclaimed authors and artists on-board include Indigenous illustrator Dub Leffler, writer and recovering teacher Gabbie Stroud, bestselling author Kayte Nunn and Jewish, queer, non-binary writer Nevo Zisin. They are not scared to ask the dangerous questions, or to answer them, for that matter.
All events are free and open to the public. Bookings preferred.
Venue: Evans Head Library Address: Woodburn Street, Evans Head Phone: (02) 6660 0374 Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Bonalbo Memorial Hall Address: Stratheden Street, Bonalbo Time: 6.00pm
Venue: The Book Room Address: Fletcher Street, Byron Bay Phone: 02 6685 8183 Time: 6.00pm
Meet the authors and illustrators
Descended from the Bigambul people of South-West Queensland, Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought after illustrators of children’s literature. He has written two books for children and is currently illustrating his 23rd title. Dub’s work has afforded him travel to places as diverse as remote Australia, Europe, Indonesia and America and his illustrations are now in permanent collection in The National Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In 2019, Dub won The Eve Pownall Award for Book of the Year from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, for Sorry Day. 2020 will see the release of two books Dub has illustrated – Rocky & Louie, written by Raewyn Caisley and Phil Walley-Stack, and Strangers On Country, written by Kirsty Murray and Dave Hartley. Dub is currently illustrating Our Dreaming written by Kirli Saunders.
Gabbie Stroud is a writer and recovering teacher. After years of juggling the demands of the primary classroom, she became disenchanted and disillusioned, eventually making the painful decision to leave the profession she had loved. In 2016, her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51 Fixing the System, which went on to be shortlisted for a Walkley Award. Gabbie’s first novel, a Young Adult fiction—Measuring Up—was published by Scribe in 2009.
Gabbie’s smash-hit memoir Teacher was shortlisted for Biography Book of the Year at the 2018 ABIA Awards and has contributed to the national dialogue on education. Her latest book, Dear Parents, is a passionate call to arms for all parents. Gabbie lives on the far south coast of New South Wales, where she co-parents her totally awesome girls—Olivia and Sophie.
Nevo Zison is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identity & language. They are the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a contributor to Kindred:12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories. They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 and a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage.
Kayte Nunn is a former book and magazine editor and is the international bestselling author of five novels, published in 12 countries. Her latest novel, The Silk House, will be published in August 2020 in Australia, and in 2021 in the UK.