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Play Zone perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the festival’s theme, ‘Wild Imagination’. Your time in this joyful venue will leave you feeling uplifted, inspired, reminiscing on the good times life has thrown your way, and excited for the good times to come.

Defeating the algorithm: An interview with Tracey Spicer

Where is AI taking the world, and how is it embedded with long-held, damaging bias and prejudice? These questions are among those posed by Tracey Spicer in her new book, Man-Made, ahead of her appearance at Byron Writers Festival 2023.

From little things, big things grow

Byron Writers Festival’s Ideas Salon will feature leading experts and thinkers on the topics that matter, with ideas and solutions to inspire us all. Join us to get across the latest thinking and walk away with the resolve to get out there and make your own mark on the world; be it a delicate ripple or a roaring tidal wave.

Get ready to party at the Voices in the Wild feature event

If anyone knows how to throw a literary party, it’s the slam poets! Get ready for Byron Writers Festival’s Saturday night feature event, Voices In the Wild, a cabaret of spoken word that will bring the house down.

Byron Writers Festival introduces $35 pass for under 35s

Byron Writers Festival 2023 invites audiences aged 35 and under to soak up the festival experience with a Saturday PM Under 35s Pass. This new pass gives access to twelve sessions taking place at the festival site from 2pm, Saturday 12 August for just $35.

Dive head first into some of the year’s biggest books featured at the 2023 Byron Writers Festival

The Deep Dives marquee will be a place for reflective one-on-one conversations; where you can dive head first into a world of extraordinary and emotive topics that leave you yearning to discover more. If you love hearing from the authors of this year’s biggest and most compelling books and better still, meeting them in person afterwards, read on for a taste of what to expect.

Heather Rose Q&A – 2023 Byron Writers Festival

Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels, including the Stella Prize-winning The Museum of Modern Love. In this insightful Q&A, Heather discusses her memoir, Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here.

Byron Writers Festival ticket guide 2023

At Byron Writers Festival 2023, there’s an option for everyone to enjoy the stories, discussion and debate that make up the program. Wondering which ticket to choose? Here’s a quick ticket guide.

2023 festival looks to the future with wild imagination

Byron Writers Festival 2023 is looking to the future with its inspiring new program themed ‘Wild Imagination’, bringing more than 120 writers and big thinkers together at Bangalow Showground this 11–13 August.

Full Writers Fest lineup on offer  

The program for this year’s Byron Writers Festival, to be held August 11 till 13, has been revealed. It features celebrated authors and thinkers as well as powerful new voices.

Writers Fest offers discounted locals pass

Discounted locals passes are on sale from today for the Byron Writers Festival and is for entry to the festival on Sunday 13 August.

Wild Imagination – time to get your early bird tickets to the Byron Writers Festival

This year’s festival will showcase the theme ‘Wild Imagination’ and feature 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame; beloved broadcaster and author Richard Fidler; writer, commentator and actor Nakkiah Lui; and author Pip Williams.

Bundjalung stories on Country

As first peoples we have an inherited birthright and a deep responsibility to try, as much as possible, to tread lightly on Country and read Country.

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!

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Byron Writers Festival 2022 ticket guide

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

First guests for Byron Writers Festival 2022 revealed

Earlybird tickets for the Byron Writers Festival have gone on sale as they announce their first festival guests.

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

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Tweed Council seeks businesses to join it’s rail trail ‘Connect Program’ 

Paying for the maintenance and providing an engaging visitor experience for the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a key aspect of Tweed Shire Council’s (TSC) Connect Program. 

Facelift for Cape Byron walking track – but not everyone happy

The Cape Byron walking track that leads from Wategos Beach towards the Byron lighthouse has been given a ‘facelift’ by NSW National Parks. But not all users are happy...

Varroa mite here to stay as NSW pivots from eradication to management of costly invasive species

The Varroa Mite ‘(Varroa destructor and Varroa jacobsoni) is a parasite of adult honey bees and honey bee brood. It weakens and kills honey...

Cycling race in Lismore this weekend to raise money for Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Whether it is getting on the track or watching the cyclists there are plenty of ways to get on board with the Lismore 2023 – Byron Bay Cycle Club Road Race this Sunday 24, September in Lismore’s CBD.