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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

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North coast fire fighter honoured

It was a hot, smoky morning when Senior Deputy RFS Captain John Holmes and his comrades arrived at the Bean Creek fire, near Bonalbo.

SCU Lismore ‘suspends’ music degree, adds others

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music has been ‘suspended’ from Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus, owing to ‘low demand’ from students, a spokesperson says.

Mullum Road upgrade

Construction is expected to commence in December to improve the flood-prone Mullumbimby Road near Uncle Tom’s corner.

Feudalism alive

The increasingly restrictive parking at New Brighton shows feudalism is alive and well. It is understandable – wanting to protect...

Byron Shire tops NSW for homelessness

The latest data from the NSW government’s 2024 Street Count has revealed a stark and troubling reality for Byron Shire, which now accounts for the largest number of rough sleepers in NSW. This highlights the urgent need for support for local homeless services like the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre, Fletcher Street Cottage and other homeless services like Liberation Larder.

First baby born at new Tweed Valley Hospital

The new Tweed Valley Hospital opened on May 14 at Kingscliff and it saw its first baby born that day at 8.53pm.

Byron Writers Festival 2018

The annual Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. This year’s festival has more than 150 sessions running 3–5 August 2018. The Festival line-up includes 140 predominantly Australian writers and thinkers who together challenge, entertain and share their stories, inspirations and insights.

Here you can find news and articles highlighting what’s on at this year’s Byron Writers Festival.

Tall tales in the sunshine

Extraordinary fables, memoirs, political analysis and tales of hope and tragedy all made for another successful Byron Writers Festival, held at the Elements of Byron resort under crisp blue winter skies.

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Byron Writer’s Festival kicks off

Byron Writers Festival launched last night with a 200 strong crowd. There were a few famous faces in the crowd including Thomas Keneally author of Schindler's List.

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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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Writers festival volunteers thanked – in advance

With more than 140 international, national and local writers, thinkers and commentators about to gather at Elements of Byron for this weekend’s Byron Writers Festival, more than 200 volunteers gathered onsite last Saturday.

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Brunswick celebrates kids with author Oliver Phommavanh

Celebrating kids who are ‘a little but different’ children’s author Oliver Phommavanh will be talking to local kids on Wednesday August 1 at the Brunswick Heads Scouts Hall.

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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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Ideas at forefront for written festival

After many months of careful curation, the full program for this year’s Byron Writers Festival has been released, profiling 140 writers and thinkers who will converge at the Elements of Byron resort from August 3 till 5.

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Living Wild – from Goonengerry to New Zealand

Could you live in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back? Two guests at Byron Writers Festival this year have each survived for years in the wilderness, although the paths that led them there are very different.

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Byron Writers Festival full program released

Byron Writers Festival has just announced its complete 2018 lineup, so put down your pen and pick up a program to check out the diverse array of writers and events on offer.

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Byron Writers Festival Writers on the Road

Byron Writers Festival received an $80,000 grant from the NSW government’s Regional Cultural Fund that will ensure that the Writers on the Road and StoryBoard Bus program will be able to run three tours during the up-coming 12 months.

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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023.