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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inaugural Write North Writers’ Group Residency

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

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...

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.

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.

You’ll love the Byron Writers Festival if…

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

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. 

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...

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!

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

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.

On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

Firearm and drug offence charges laid after Coraki vehicle stop

NSW Police say a man has been charged after a firearm and prohibited drugs were seized during a vehicle stop yesterday.

Chemicals left by first stars in the universe may have been detected by the Gemini North telescope

The chemical remains of the earliest stars in the universe may have been discovered by astronomers.

New digs for flood adaptation project

Mullum Cares has a new home in the Railway Shed Yard, on the corner of Prince and Ann Streets in Mullum.