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After a two-year COVID-enforced break, the country’s most popular regional literary Festival will finally begin a new chapter on August 26.

The new director of the Byron Writers Festival Zoe Pollock. Image supplied

The three-day event is saying farewell to its former home next to Elements Resort in Byron Bay and moving to the North Byron Parklands in the north of the Shire.

And steering the ship will be new artistic director Zoe Pollock.

‘I can’t wait to create a special event for those who love literature and stories to meet their favourite authors, discover brilliant new books and soak up the atmosphere of being in a place where ideas are cherished,’ Ms Pollock said.

North Byron Parklands. Image supplied

Festival Chair Adam van Kempen said the new venue was already home to major music festivals Splendour on the Grass and Falls Festival.

‘It also caters to boutique cultural and community events year-round,’ he said.

‘The beautiful natural surroundings are fertile ground for an event such as Byron Writers Festival and we look forward to welcoming our audiences to the land of the Minjungbal people of the Bundjalung Nation.

While the festival program is still being finalised, organisers say more than 100 writers and thinkers will be there to share stories, ideas and the power of words with festival audiences.

Early Bird 3-Day Passes will be on sale for one week from June 15, with a limited number of Sunday Locals’ Passes going on sale on June 30.

General release tickets will go on sale when the full program is announced on July 13.

Details and updates available at byronwritersfestival.com/festival.

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  1. The North Byron Parklands development was over a number of Aboriginal heritage sites containing registered artifact sites and camp sites and a Bora Ring. The Parklands developers management of these sites was to ‘protect the artifact and camp sites by covering them with dirt’ and to put up a hessian fence around the bora ring. You could write a story about the dispossession!!


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