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Storylines – The Voice of the voiceless

My grandfather would often tell me a story. A story about a community. This community was self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determining of their own lives.

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A little lift

After the loss of our public road during the February 28 deluge, some isolated residents have had to rely...

Unmissable sessions at Byron Writers Festival

Not sure which sessions to see? We’ve saved the best ’til last and highlighted some of the must-see panels and conversations from the 2022 program to help you decide. Hurry, Day Passes are selling fast!

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

The CWA turns 100 – There will be scones!

Within 24 hours of its establishment on April 20, 1922, Country Women’s Association (CWA) members began lobbying relevant government ministers for better services for women and children, and that has been their mission ever since.  

Belongil clogged

Belongil Creek is blocked and backing up. I understand all the explanations for leaving it as is, but given...

Byron Bay Surf Festival 

Surfers, beach lovers, water people – owing to COVID- related complications, the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival has moved...

Byron Writers Festival 2022

The annual Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. Over three days story creators, idea makers and risk takers from near and far will come together to challenge, entertain and share their stories, inspirations and insights. Running 26–28 August in Byron Bay.

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

For more information, the program and tickets visit byronwritersfestival.com.

Unmissable sessions at Byron Writers Festival

Not sure which sessions to see? We’ve saved the best ’til last and highlighted some of the must-see panels and conversations from the 2022 program to help you decide. Hurry, Day Passes are selling fast!

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Byron Writers Festival: A life of crime

One of the highlight panels at the festival this year will bring together best-selling authors Trent Dalton and Steve Toltz with actor Bryan Brown and acclaimed author and podcast creator Matthew Condon to discuss how they bring the lives of criminals to life in their writing.

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Kids Big Day Out at the Byron Writers Festival 2022

If you are a kid, or you know a kid who loves books, reading and creativity, then Byron Writers Festival’s ‘Kids Big Day Out’ on Sunday 28 August is the ultimate event for you!

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Nimblefoot launches tonight in Byron 

Acclaimed Bangalow author Robert Drewe, who will be featuring at Byron Writers Festival, is having his latest book Nimblefoot launched by Kerry O’Brien at The Book Room at Byron at 6pm tonight. 

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Radical Hope: Byron Writers Festival keynote event

How can we approach our current moment with radical hope? When curating this keynote event, artistic director Zoe Pollock reflected on the theme of the festival ‘Radical hope imagines a future goodness that transcends our current reality.

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Byron Writers Festival: How can we farm better?

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will see a number of critical conversations take place around how we can farm better. ‘A key aspect that we need to address in tackling climate change is the approach we take to growing and distributing our food, while caring for land and country,’ said Zoe Pollock, artistic director of Byron Writers Festival.

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A Green New Day – at the Byron Writers Festival

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will bring a fresh focus to the conversation on the environment with a wide range of sessions that will explore the real-world solutions we have available to us to address the climate crisis.

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Byron Writers Festival moves to Elements for 2022

Organizers of the Byron Writers Festival say that in the wake of recent weather events at the North Byron Parklands, the Byron Writers Festival 2022 will relocate to Elements of Byron.

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First Nations voices to feature at 2022 Byron Writers Festival

The Byron Writers Festival is set to feature more than 20 Indigenous writers and storytellers this year, leading discussions with a focus on healing and learning.

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Auē! Writing from the Long White Cloud

Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu) was born in Nelson, raised in Waimangaroa, and lived in Germany and Italy before returning to the West Coast with her family. Her stunning debut novel Auē was the best-selling New Zealand novel of 2020 and 2021. 

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The Burnished Sun

The Burnished Sun, by Mirandi Riwoe is a story collection that includes two prize-winning novellas along with a range of historical and contemporary stories, all written by characters who seek to belong and find acceptance.

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Book lovers rejoice!

Byron Writers Festival 2022 mixes bestsellers and fresh new talent for three incredible days of joy and discovery. Byron Writers Festival will once again welcome a stellar lineup of leading authors following a two-year hiatus. Bestselling authors including Sarah Wilson, (This One Wild and Precious Life), Bruce Pascoe (Country: Future Fire, Future Farming), Hannah Kent (Devotion) and Christos Tsiolkas (7 1/2) will headline the star-studded program.

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Byron Writers Festival 2022 ticket guide

Wondering which Byron Writers Festival ticket is right for you? Read on for our quick guide.

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Byron Writers Festival 2022 explores ‘radical hope’

How can we approach our current moment with radical hope? This is the question that will reverberate through Byron Writers Festival this year.

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Byron Writers Festival takes on climate challenge

We are seeing the impacts of climate change around us daily. The upcoming Byron Writers Festival is taking the opportunity to imagine ways to create a future where we can look for and drive positive change.

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Locals tix on offer for Writers Fest

Byron Writers Festival is again offering Sunday locals’ passes, supported for the third time by partners, Stone & Wood.

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Meet the new Writers Festival Director, Zoë Pollock

On the phone from her NSW south coast home, new Artistic Director of the Byron Writers Festival, Zoë Pollock, says she can’t wait to move her young family up and continue preparing for the 2022 event, to be held August 26–28.

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Byron Writers Festival turns the page with new director and new...

The Byron Writers Festival is back, with a new venue and a new Artistic Director at the helm.

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Draft COMP caps Public Access at Lismore Council

A Draft Code of Meeting Practice (COMP) and Briefing Policy prepared by the Governance & Customer Service Manager was the subject of discussion at Lismore Council this week.

Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.

Chinny Charge returns for Sept 

After an uphill battle against COVID the Chinny Charge is going to run again on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm.