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The full festival program will be announced on June 28, while extra early bird three-day passes will be on sale for one week only from March 29 to April 5, and early bird three-day passes from June 14–21. Pictured are Byron Writers Festival crew Aarna Hudson, Shien Chee, director Zoë Pollock and Emily Brugman at the Writers Festival’s new home in the Bangalow Showground. Details and updates available at byronwritersfestival.com/festival. Photo Jeff ‘Literally’ Dawson

Byron Writers Festival have announced that their 2023 event will be held at Bangalow Showgrounds, from August 11 till 13.

The festival’s new artistic director, Zoë Pollock, says, ‘As with all good things, an end has now eventuated and the Elements site is destined to a new owner and a new future. We are excited to be presenting the 2023 festival at the Bangalow Showgrounds; a picturesque heritage site nestled in the heart of the township of Bangalow that is home to a vibrant and creative community’.

‘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. 

The festival will also be making use of several indoor venues within the precinct, including the Moller Pavilion and the iconic Bangalow A&I Hall.

The team and I are very much looking forward to bringing the site to life, creating a
playground of literary delights and welcoming audiences to this beautiful location on the
lands of the people of the Bundjalung Nation.

‘We are grateful to Elements for generously hosting the festival for so long and will treasure the many wonderful memories we all share’.

Extra Early Bird 3-Day Passes will be on sale for one week only from March 29 to April 5, and Early Bird 3-Day Passes from June 14-21. A limited release of Sunday Locals’ Passes will go on sale June 22, and general release tickets will go on sale when the full program is announced on June 28. Details and updates available at: byronwritersfestival.com/festival.


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