Menu

Byron Writers Festival full program released

Byron Writers Festival Vice Chair Adam van Kempen and Festival Director Edwina Johnson clutching the full program for the 2018 festival released today

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.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers and is brought to you by this week's sponsor Vast Ballina and Falls Festival