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Byron Writers Festival is hosting more than 20 different feature events throughout the region. Here are just a couple to whet your appetite.

Literary Dinner: Global Roaming and Probing

Join investigative journalists Pulitzer prize-winning Mei Fong and Gold Walkley award-winning Caro Meldrum-Hanna in conversation with award-winning journalist Rosemarie Milsom. Supported by Brookfarm. Wine generously supplied by Audrey Wilkinson. Saturday August 5, 7–9.30pm at Elements of Byron. Cost $110 includes a glass of wine on arrival.

My Most Controversial Thought

In a world where fact and fiction are increasingly blurred, and nothing seems too farcical, too extreme or too personal to be out of bounds, join Clementine Ford, Bri Lee and Miles Merrill for an evening of storytelling and conversation with Lex Hirst, who will explore the controversial thoughts they still hold dear. Thursday August 3, 8.15–9pm at The Rails. Free, no bookings.

• For all feature events visit byronwritersfestival.com/featurevents. Be quick, as many feature events sell out.


For writers and aspiring writers wanting to hone their craft there are 15 different workshops to choose from, covering everything from writing for children to writing a novel from start to finish.

If performance is your passion get along to these workshops.

Vayu Naidu – The Science and Soul of Storytelling: performance narrative

Dr Vayu Naidu gets you to grapple with folk tales and epics to unlock your 21st century voice. RASA is a technique honed for writers and performers seeking to be effective communicators and artists. Bring a story to life! Thursday August 3, 9.30am –12.30pm at Byron Community College Room 1. Cost $65/$55.

Australian Slam Workshop

Two of the world’s best wordsmiths tag-teaming on your writing and performance. This course is guaranteed to overhaul your poetry and help you deliver your words straight into the minds of your audience. Saturday August 5, 11.30am–3.30pm at  Lone Goat Gallery. Free.

• For all workshops, bookings and information visit byronwritersfestival.com/festival-workshops.

• For more on Byron Writers Festival visit byronwritersfestival.com

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Time for Rock’n’Roll at Byron Writers Festival

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