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The earliest unequivocally modern human remains in Africa

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Free KYUP! Project workshops

Empowering our next generation to value and champion their safety and well being through self-worth and self-defence is the mission of the KYUP Project who are running free workshops in the Northern Rivers today and tomorrow.

Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances the night away

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

The new mayor

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The PM’s report from the National Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a media statement about the meeting yesterday of the National Cabinet.

Queensland NSW border to open up this Saturday

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today (Thursday, 13 January) that the Queensland NSW border would no longer require a...

An unexpected vote for two Rous representatives from Lismore Council

Last night the new Lismore City Council voted for two Councillors to represent Lismore on Rous County Council, even though the agenda was clear that Rous County Council voting had been excluded owing to the requirement for a minimum nomination period of 21 days.
In the lead up to the 18th Byron Bay Writers Festival this August 1–3, Echonetdaily is collecting articles and reviews of the authors and speakers that will be attending this year.

Byron Bay Writers Festival articles

‘Listening to Truth Telling’: First Nations stories highlighted at Byron Writers...

Treat yourself to some new reads this winter! Get your bedside stack sorted with these six books by authors coming to Byron Writers Festival 6–8 August.

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Must-see sessions at Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival is a three-day feast for the brain and soul. With more than 150 speakers appearing in 115 sessions over three days (6–8 August).

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Catchin’ the Writers Festival Train

Byron Writers Festival 2021 (6–8 August) has revealed a program of more than 150 celebrated authors and commentators, as well as powerful new voices to mark its 25th anniversary.

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Some insights from Malcolm Turnbull

From the deceptive and underhanded conduct of our current Prime Minister ScMo, to the destructive impact of Tony Abbott and the far right of the Australian political and media scene, A Bigger Picture, by Malcolm Turnbull, provides an interesting insight into how he perceives the Australian political landscape.

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A quick guide to the Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival is a 3-day celebration of storytelling, literature and big ideas covering everything from fiction, memoir, the environment, politics, arts, culture, and social issues.

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Get reading! A selection of books from Byron Writers Festival authors

Treat yourself to some new reads this winter! Get your bedside stack sorted with these six books by authors coming to Byron Writers Festival 6–8 August.

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Byron Writers Festival is back in full swing

The Byron Writers Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is excited to be making a comeback and has announced its first authors and the discounted Sunday Locals’ Passes for Northern Rivers residents.

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Writers Festival launch membership drive

Byron Writers Festival’s 2021 membership drive will run throughout the month of February, with prizes from some of the region’s most-loved businesses.

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Writers festival looking for authors and illustrators

Byron Writers Festival is on the lookout for published authors and illustrators local to Northern NSW who would be interested in joining the StoryBoard program.

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Inaugural Write North Writers’ Group Residency

Byron Writers Festival and Create NSW have announced the recipients of their inaugural Write North Writers’ Group Residency

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Black Lives Matter address for Byron Writers Fest

One of Australia’s most eminent Indigenous academics and advocates, Professor Marcia Langton delivered the Byron Writers Festival 2020 Thea Astley address. The address, named in honour of one of Australia’s most influential and distinctive novelists, has been presented at the...

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How technology is hurting our kids

In his new book Teen Brains, the father of six exposes the addictive impact of technology on our children and how it’s making our kids anxious and depressed.

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Welcome to Byron Writers Festival 2019! 

Now more than ever our world needs writers, environmentalists, poets, commentators, politicians, and artists who together can shape stories of hope, courage, and change. At Byron Writers Festival 2019 we proudly bring more than 140 writers together to create a program brimming with diverse voices.

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You’ll love the Byron Writers Festival if…

Check out what's to love at the Byron Writers Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Writers Festival Satellite Event Highlights

As well as appearing in the main Festival program, selected writers and thinkers will feature in Byron Writers Festival’s program of separately ticketed Satellite Events that will have you laughing, crying, chin-stroking, and truly inspired. 

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Writers Festival adds youth poetry cup

A new satellite event at the Byron Bay Writers Festival will be introduced this year, called the John West Youth Poetry Cup. With a $500 cash prize, the competition is for 10 – 18-year-olds, entry is free, and the...

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Kids Big Day Out at Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival’s Kids Big Day Out is just around the corner and it’s pulling out all stops with five hours of non-stop book-loving action for all the family!

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Local kids review books by festival authors

Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan. Reviewed by Monty, age 9. The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody. Reviewed by Misha, age 12

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Growing up without the filter

Should childhood be lived in a happy, idyllic bubble, protected from the realities of the big wide world? Not according to well-known and respected author John Marsden, who will be sharing his insights at Byron Writers Festival this year.

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Books in cafes? Random Acts of Reading

Byron Writers Festival and local cafes across the region are spreading kindness and connection through the act of reading.

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Delight in new discoveries at this year’s Byron Writers Festival

From jellyfish experts to space archeologists, it’s often the names we don’t recognise that leave the most lasting impressions. This week we highlight some of the hidden gems within the 2019 Festival Program.

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Blood calls to blood: Vicki Laveau-Harvie

Vicki’s writing has been compared to the work of Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. This year she was the winner of the Stella Prize and in 2018 the Finch Memoir Prize. You can hear more of Vicki’s extraordinary story at Byron Writers Festival on Friday 2 August on the panel Memoir: Running in the Family.

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Fighting the Mafia: Gianrico Carofiglio

One of Italy’s best-selling writers, Carofiglio will be at Byron Writers Festival to share his life experiences and discuss his latest thrilling novel The Cold Summer, inspired by a true story.

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We need to talk about online trolling

Ginger Gorman is coming to Byron Writers Festival to provide a window into not just the mindset of trolls, but also the profound changes in the way we live and work in a post-internet world.

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Hot topic sessions at Byron Writers Festival

If you’re looking for new insights into some of the big issues pervading modern consciousness, look no farther than Byron Writers Festival 2019. Here’s an overview of just some of the hot-topic sessions you won’t want to miss at the three-day Festival.

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Can there be ethical carnivores?

A book around the ethics of eating meat is certain to spark intense debate amongst vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores. On Eating Meat is that book and its author Matthew Evans is appearing at Byron Writers Festival

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Tim Costello: Australia’s favourite social-justice activist at Byron Writers Festival

Tim Costello is one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice and global poverty and has been instrumental in ensuring these issues are placed on the national and international agenda.

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Solid Air: Spoken-word showcase at Byron Theatre

From page to stage, let the words take flight! Come experience live some of Australia’s most vibrant performance and slam poets featured within the groundbreaking spoken-word anthology Solid Air.

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Your guide to Byron Writers Festival Satellite Events

As well as appearing in the main Festival program, selected writers and thinkers will feature in Byron Writers Festival’s program of Satellite Events that will have you laughing, crying, chin-stroking, and truly inspired.

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Byron Writers Festival ticket guide

Wondering which ticket is right for you? Read on for our quick guide to the 2019 Byron Writers Festival. A festival for your mind! Byron Writers Festival is set up a bit like a music festival, with six stages that you...

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Stop the press! Or why we shouldn’t…

Meet the journalists, politicians, and philosophers who will come together at Byron Writers Festival 2019 to unpack the challenging terrain of modern politics, free speech, and the crisis of democracy that comes with it. Why are voters so disaffected? A...

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What happens after the worst day of your life?

  The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the...

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Jennifer Clement: press freedom and Gun Love

Jennifer Clement is one the highlight international guests appearing at Byron Writers Festival in August. The award-winning author of Prayers for the Stolen and The Widow Basquiat is also a poet, celebrated non-fiction writer. Jennifer Clement is also the first...

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Big books to get your hands on at Byron Writers Festival

There is plenty at this year’s Byron Writers Festival for book-lovers to lust over. Get your bedside book stack sorted with this day-by-day digest of literary delight. Friday 2 August 2019 Stella Prize winner Vicki Laveau-Harvie (The Erratics), Rick Morton (100...

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Stan Grant on identity and Australia Day

As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.

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Writers Fest reveals full program

Byron Writers Festival 2019 (August 2–4) has revealed a program featuring more than 140 Australian and international speakers spanning fiction, memoir, crime, environment, society, politics, poetry, art, comedy, and music.

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Welcome to the 2018 Byron Writers Festival

The Festival is finally here! The small team at Byron Writers Festival works all year to create this renowned gathering, Australia’s largest regional literary festival that explores the myriad threads of our daily lives, our communities and the broader world.

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The Power of Hope

We have to keep helping and we have to keep fighting, for all our sakes Byron Writers Festival guest Kon Karapanagiotidis overcame a traumatic childhood of racism, bullying and loneliness to create one of Australia’s largest human rights organisations, the Asylum...

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A Life Lived by Peace and Principle

For which principles am I willing to take a stand? And if I do take a stand, am I ready to accept the consequences of my resistance? In the wake of the election of President Trump, I ask myself these questions every day writes Sarah Sentilles.

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Kids Big Day Out at Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival has pulled out all stops to create a day full of fun, inspiration and creativity to ignite the imaginations of children at Festival Sunday on 5 August. Eight acclaimed children’s authors (see program) will face their...

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The good, the bad, the ugly

Byron Writers Festival shines light on mental health Mental health is one of the key themes running through 2018 Byron Writers Festival, with this year’s lineup designed to draw awareness to the wide spectrum of causes, effects and conditions in...

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The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani

The Coal Truth has a simple message – stop the proposed Adani Carmichael Mine in Queensland from going ahead. Since 2012, the fight to stop the opening of the vast Galilee coal basin has emerged as an iconic crusade of...

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Feature Events offer the best of the Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival Feature Events offer a curated selection of guests and interviewers, these performances and intimate conversations will have you laughing, crying and truly inspired.

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The Dismissal Dossier

In The Dismissal Dossier Professor Jenny Hocking exposes the definitive story of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government bringing together a mixture of the unknown, the overlooked and the clandestine.

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What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?

Award-winning author Anita Heiss’s powerful anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories of family, country and belonging.

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Imprisoned for 440 days in an Egyptian jail

When Peter Greste was arrested in Egypt, his family were shocked but not panicked. Peter had been a foreign correspondent for two decades in numerous dangerous countries, and been detained before. He was only in Egypt on temporary assignment...

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Danger Music: Hong Kong to Kabul

Eddie Ayres learnt the viola as a child in England, studied in Berlin and London before playing the viola for eight years with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. As Emma Ayres, she moved from Hong Kong to Australia to present...

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Hyeonseo Lee, The Girl with Seven Names

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of...

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Reformed farmer Charles Massy gives hope for the planet

Is it too late to regenerate the earth? Call of the Reed Warbler by best-selling author, long-time farmer plus PhD in social change Charles Massy shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape...

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Best of Byron Writers Festival picked by locals

Have you been wondering what to check out at the Byron Writers Festival? Take a look at what some other locals are looking forward to...

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The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays it on the line for the unvaccinated

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Northern Rivers Animal Services needs helpers

Ballina-based animal welfare organisation Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc is on the lookout for cat-lovers to help at their cat cottage, and foster carers for both dogs and cats.