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Geena Nibald, Stone & Wood Marketing Manager; Adam van Kempen, Chair Byron Writers Festival; Sally Gilbert, Stone & Wood Events and Sponsorship coordinator; and Aarna Hudson, Byron Writers Festival partnership coordinator. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Byron Writers Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is excited to be making a comeback this August 6–8 after the last year’s COVID-19 restrictions forced it, like many other events, to cancel.

‘We have just about finalised the program, which has been pretty intense, and we have Tony Birch, Evelyn Araluen – a Bunjalung author and fierce, young voice in Australian literature – Malcolm Turnbull, Alice Pung, and Hayley Katzen as the first guests we can reveal,’ said Byron Writers Chair, Adam van Kempen.

Festival Director Edwina Johnson says, ‘We are delighted to be welcoming our guests and audiences back to the beautiful Festival grounds at Byron Bay for three days of stimulating conversation, ideas and shared experiences.

‘Our 25th anniversary is a significant milestone for the Festival and we cherish this opportunity to come together to reflect, connect and celebrate with such incredible literary talent.’

Locals pass

This first announcement of featured authors coincides with the preliminary release of the ever-popular discounted Sunday Locals’ Passes for Northern Rivers residents. The discounted ticket, priced at $90, a saving of $45 on the full ticket price, for entry to the Festival on Sunday, August 8 has been made possible by the partnership of Stone & Wood and is on sale now at byronwritersfestival.com/festival.

‘Byron Writers Festival is such an awesome cultural event for the Northern Rivers region, and we feel it’s important that as many people from the local community are able to attend as possible,’ said Stone & Wood’s General Manager, Nick Boots.

‘We hope that these Sunday Locals’ Passes bring familiar faces, young and old, to enjoy a day of deep thinking and conversation.’

Byron Writers Festival Full Program will be announced on June 23 when tickets to all Festival days, Satellite Events and Workshops will go on sale.

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