Writers festival volunteers thanked – in advance

Byron Writers Festival vice-chair Adam van Kempen and chair Jennifer St George with volunteers. Photo Jeff Dawson

With more than 140 international, national and local writers, thinkers and commentators about to gather at Elements of Byron for this weekend’s Byron Writers Festival, more than 200 volunteers gathered onsite last Saturday to be welcomed, briefed and given t-shirts.

The festival runs from Friday August 3 until Sunday August 5.

Director Edwina Johnson says, ‘Australia’s largest regional literary event is made possible by a very small team of staff, a volunteer board, the support of the community and sponsors, and a legion of volunteers who represent the heart of this festival.’


‘Every year, we receive wonderful feedback from writers and audiences about our friendly, helpful volunteers – they are a huge part of the convivial atmosphere for which Byron Writers Festival is known and loved.’

From 18 to 70

Volunteer co-ordinator Shien Chee added, ‘Our volunteers range from 18 years to 70-plus and come from all across the northern rivers region and beyond’.

‘They are a wonderful group who love reading, writing and the exchange of ideas.

‘Over 70 per cent of the team are returnee volunteers, which says a lot about our festival loyalty and commitment.’

This year’s lineup includes Matt Haig, Liane Moriarty, Tanya Plibersek, Kitty Flanagan, Tom Keneally, Melissa Lucashenko, Tracy Moffatt and Hannah Richell to name just a few.

Full program and tickets at

One response to “Writers festival volunteers thanked – in advance”

  1. Jimbo J says:

    So that is why the Writers Festival is so expensive. Customers are paying for 200 volunteers who get in for free.

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