As one of the ‘artists’ or more accurately ‘authors’ performing at five sessions at Byron Writers Festival 2016, I want to take this opportunity to salute all involved with the huge and successful logistical efforts with the festival 2016.
Despite the weather it all worked out really well and lays the foundation for the next 20, hopefully I will be back perhaps in 2018 – the centenary year of the Great War.
There is a power surge from the festival: the local towns are boosted, the regional economy is uplifted but more broadly a nation too often locked into stereotypes and various silos (physical and mental) is given a good jolt, as various ideas are canvassed by authors and in questions from the crowd.
May the Byron Writers Festival thrive and in turn may the intellectual ferment be positively boosted in this period when the book is back, in so many ways.
Tim Fischer AC, author of Maestro John Monash