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October 22, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 September, 2021

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The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

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XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

Extinction Rebellion Lismore is part of the Northern Rivers push to highlight the issue of climate change and a march and candlelit vigil last night was the start to a fortnight of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ protests.

Northern NSW urged to stay vigilant ahead of severe weather

With the prediction for off-shore winds and an off-shore low in the north of the State this week, the Bureau of Meteorology has advised that storms may be on the way over the next few days.

Comment: Court rejects challenges to vax laws

More than a million people tuned into the live stream of  Kassam v Hazzard; Henry v Hazzard via the NSW Supreme Court’s YouTube channel over the past couple of weeks, many hoping for a judgment which invalidates public health orders which mandate vaccines for certain industries, such as healthcare, aged care and construction.

Biz smashed by new COVID-19 regime

It was proudly trumpeted as ‘Freedom Day’ by the State Government. But for much of the local business community in the Northern Rivers region, October 11 was anything but.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 19 October, 2021

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Jonathan Franzen: Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Byron Writers Festival co-presents a special online event with acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen. 

In the first Australian event celebrating the release of his highly-anticipated new novel Crossroad, the acclaimed Jonathan Franzen will discuss family, America, and where the modern novel must go from here, with ABC Radio National’s Sarah Kanowski. This conversation, premiering digitally on Tuesday 5 October at 7.30pm, is presented by Byron Writers Festival in partnership with The Wheeler Centre and Newcastle Writers Festival.

Franzen’s latest novel, Crossroads, is an epic family saga spanning three generations of the Hildebrandt family as they navigate the political, intellectual, and social crosscurrents of the past 50 years.

Jonathan Franzen is widely regarded as one of the best American writers of his generation. He is the author of six novels, including The Corrections, Freedom and Purity, and five works of non-fiction and translation, including The Kraus Project and Farther Away.

‘We are delighted to “bring” Jonathan Franzen back to Australia and introduce his acute observations and social commentary to our audience,’ says Byron Writers Festival Director, Edwina Johnson.

Tickets are $15 and $10 concession/members, plus booking fee. For details, and to book tickets, head to byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on/jonathan-franzen-crossroads/

Available to view: Tuesday 5 October 202, 7.30pm to Tuesday 12 October 2021, 7.30pm


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