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March 5, 2021

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New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

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Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Artist in focus

Byron School of Art

Contemporary art education at BSA

The Byron School of Art (BSA) is well into its fifth year of bringing contemporary art education to the Byron Shire. Founded by artists Christine Willcocks, Michael Cusack, Emma Walker, James Guppy, Meredith Cusack, and Sarah Harvey in 2013, short courses were initially held in the artists’ studios in Byron Bay. From these humble beginnings, the school has found its home in an original Art Deco building in Mullumbimby, and now offers a three-year course that is gaining national acclaim for its unique approach to art education.

BSA students benefit from direct access to an ever-growing cohort of experienced teachers and learn a hands-on approach, where practical and technical skills are meshed with art theory and conceptual stimuli that foster the emergence of a unique personal language.

The school also offers a range of short courses, weekend workshops, afternoon children’s classes, guest artist lectures and the much-loved community event, Art in the Pub.

A dynamic feature of the school is The BSA Project Space,

run by coordinator Meredith Cusack, where exhibitions are held every two weeks. The Project Space offers a diverse program of contemporary exhibitions by artists working in

a range of disciplines.

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Contemporary Circus with Peepshow.

Escape into the world of Peepshow, a thrilling new creation that infuses world-class contemporary circus with the nostalgia of bygone eras. Circa has performed in 39 countries to more than one million people with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents, and Lismore is the first stop for this brand-new show before it takes on the world.

It’s explosive and lyrical. Watch as Peepshow delights your eyes with dynamic group acrobatics, astonishing solo acts and tantalising duets that describe a world that’s at once sensual and playful. From the company that brought you Wunderkammer and Beyond, Peepshow sets the stage for a jaw-dropping night at the theatre.

Tickets at norpa.org.au

Are you a writer looking to take your work to the next level?

Dr Laurel Cohn is a developmental editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives.

Byron Writers Festival invites you to The Next Draft – Structural Editing for Writers with Dr Laurel Cohn.

Most writers know their manuscript will require a structural edit, but have little understanding of what this means. While editors play a crucial role in preparing a manuscript for publication, writers can take their own work to the next level of development with a structural edit of their manuscript.

Running over three Saturdays (5 May, 26 May, 16 June), this course explains structural editing, how to go about it, and how to survive it. Participants will learn strategies and tools to apply to their manuscript, with the course format allowing for discussion and feedback along the way as they work on their current draft.

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Northern Rivers Pottery Supplies



Northern Rivers Pottery Supplies have been the region’s premier pottery suppliers for more than 30 years.

They offer a range of professionally led workshops and a firing service.

‘We stock a large range of clays, glazes and tools, pretty much everything you need to be a potter. We also offer a courier service that delivers clay from Coffs Harbour right up to Brisbane.’


OPENING HOURS: Tues to Fri: 9am–4pm

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Naming Ben Franklin

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A little bit of COVID…

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Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.