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April 22, 2021

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Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

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Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Notable journalists and politicians appearing at this year’s Writers Festival include from left: Peter Greste, Natasha Stott Despoja, AC Grayling, and Kevin Rudd.

Meet the journalists, politicians, and philosophers who will come together at Byron Writers Festival 2019 to unpack the challenging terrain of modern politics, free speech, and the crisis of democracy that comes with it.

Why are voters so disaffected? A big question in light of the recent election. Join The Saturday Paper’s Paul Bongiorno, political journalist and author of Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up Gabrielle Chan, and writer and broadcaster Jeff Sparrow as they discuss voting attitudes with ABC RN’s Paul Barclay.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd headlines a notable lineup of politicians – expect an insightful conversation with Karen Middleton about his time as PM. Middleton will also chair a panel with former Greens senator Scott Ludlam and former leader of the Australian Democrats Natasha Stott Despoja in the session What’s Happened to our Politics?

Don’t miss Peter Greste and Margot Saville in Action for Free Media. Now a passionate media-freedom advocate, Greste’s incarceration and resulting memoir The First Casualty gripped 2018 festival audiences so Byron Writers Festival has welcomed him back for some timely discourse on recent events.

On Sunday, Peter Greste will also appear alongside Amal Awad, investigative journalist Kate McClymont, and Guardian Australia columnist Ranjana Srivastava in a session hosted by Paul Barclay, How Free is Free Speech?

The always thought-provoking Thea Astley Address on Sunday invites UK philosopher AC Grayling to speak on The Crisis of Democracy. Grayling has riveted local audiences at several out-of-season events so he is an exciting addition to the main Festival program.

Another big Sunday conversation will see veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien in the hot seat as he talks about his memoir Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir. A must-see session for O’Brien fans.

Finally, Sunday will dig up the dirt on The Ethics of Journalism with those in the know – Paul Bongiorno, Stan Grant, and Helen Pitt – chaired by editor of The Saturday Paper Maddison Connaughton.

Catch these sessions and all the action at the Festival site this 2–4 August with a 1-day or 3-day pass, available now via www.byronwritersfestival.com/tickets.

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