Writers Festival volunteers get ready


Chris Hanley, front and centre, with this year’s cohort of festival volunteers.

Story and photo Eve Jeffery

The Byron Bay Writers Festival simply would not happen without the generous time, energy and dedication given by the volunteers who donate innumerable hours every year for the sake of the written word.

Last Saturday, the troops gathered at the festival site for a pre-event briefing and the chance to familiarise themselves with the festival layout.

Festival chair Chris Hanley gave a welcoming speech and spoke about the importance of the role the vollies play.
‘The festival’s prosperity is built on much more than fabulous literary talent’, he said.

‘It is the local community, a dedicated committee, hard-working staff and team of more than 200 incredible festival volunteers who make this event such a popular and loved annual feature of the Byron Bay calendar.’

The Byron Bay Writers Festival kicks off this week, and runs from August 1 to 3. Visit for more information.

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