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If you are supposed to be writing, working or just living your ordinary life, today’s a good time to (metaphorically) put down your pen and look through the lineup of 140 writers and thinkers who will be in Byron at the Writers Festival, August 3-5.

The event, now in its 22nd year, will consist of three days of ideas, storytelling and conversations across the six stages at the Elements of Byron resort, and will be complemented by writers’ workshops and evening feature events in Byron Bay and across the Northern Rivers.

In addition to the printed programs in today’s Byron Shire Echo, the program can be viewed online or downloaded from the Festival website.

Featured guests include Manal al-Sharif, Eddie Ayres, Robert Drewe, Bernard Fanning, Future D.Fidel, Richard Fidler, Kitty Flanagan, Peter Greste, Clive Hamilton, Jane Harper, Anita Heiss, Tom Keneally, Hyeonseo Lee, Tracey Moffatt, Liane Moriarty, Tanya Plibersek, Tim Rogers, Bernhard Schlink, Gillian Triggs, Sarah Wilson and many more!

Featured events, many of which are free, range from ‘Art in the Pub’ at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby to a conversation at the Byron at Byron between Jane Hutcheon and veteran correspondent Peter Greste, arrested in Cairo in 2014 and detained for 400 days.

On Friday August 3, for example, Lemn Sissay MBE, who is Chancellor of the University of Manchester and a poet, playwright, occasional broadcaster and consummate performer, will be in conversation with Richard Fidler at the Byron Theatre.

Locals’ tickets

This year Byron Writers Festival is offering ‘Sunday locals’ tickets’ for just $80 , a saving of over $50.

Available to residents of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed LGAs, tickets are only available for purchase from the festival office at Level 1, 28 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, during weekday business hours.

Purchasers will need to present proof of address and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person.

This is a limited-release offer and will be available until sold out.

• Byron Writers Festival 2018 will unfold from 3-5 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron resort. 

• See more news and articles on the 2018 Byron Writers Festival.

Tall tales in the sunshine

Extraordinary fables, memoirs, political analysis and tales of hope and tragedy all made for another successful Byron Writers Festival, held at the Elements of Byron resort under crisp blue winter skies.


Byron Writer’s Festival kicks off

Byron Writers Festival launched last night with a 200 strong crowd. There were a few famous faces in the crowd including Thomas Keneally author of Schindler's List.


Welcome to the 2018 Byron Writers Festival

The Festival is finally here! The small team at Byron Writers Festival works all year to create this renowned gathering, Australia’s largest regional literary festival that explores the myriad threads of our daily lives, our communities and the broader world.


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