There were over 100 entries into the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition and the winners of the three categories have now been announced.
Two local small schools Durrumbul Public School and Willsons Creek Public School came together last Thursday to treat their students to a fun and exciting day of learning.
Tex is a funny prick. In an industry full of people who take themselves SO seriously, Perkins is a breath of fresh air.
Grace Author: Morris Gleitzman Reviewed by: Billie Aitken-McGregor Class: Age 11 Byron Bay Public School “We were a happy family. We were bountiful. But it came to pass that I started doing sins. And that’s when all our problems began.”... Read More →
This year’s Byron Writers Festival hosts a range of conversations for those interested in delving into the environment, astronomy and science, led by some of the world’s leading scientific minds. From discoveries made below the waterline, to those made looking... Read More →
Tony Jones was still at school when Lionel Murphy raided ASIO. After an ABC cadetship, he joined Four Corners as a reporter in 1985, and later Dateline at SBS in 1986. He subsequently was an ABC foreign correspondent, for a... Read More →
Bangalow local Robert Drewe is an Australian literary legend whose more than 20 highly acclaimed books, including novels, short stories and memoirs have won state, national and international prizes, been widely translated, and been adapted for film, television, theatre and... Read More →
Byron Writers Festival will feature stars of the Australian music industry who not only can hold a tune but also can hold a pen, and have written or co-written revealing memoirs, and a novel. Read on for more about their... Read More →
Trapped underwater in agonising pain, shackled and sinking and desperately trying not to give in to the urgent need to breathe, I really thought maybe I had pushed myself too far this time. The scar was still fresh from my... Read More →
Byron Writers Festival has pulled out all stops to create a day full of fun, inspiration and creativity to ignite the imaginations of children. Seven acclaimed children’s authors will face their toughest and most vocal audience at the Greenstone Partners... Read More →
Never been to Byron Writers Festival? We ask Byron resident and festival-lover Emily Brugman, 27, her top tips for the first-time festival-goer. Tell us a bit about the festival. The Byron Writers Festival is a three-day event that brings... Read More →
Review by Mandy Nolan When writer Nikki Gemmel’s mother Elayn unexpectedly ended her life, the author was thrown into a raft of intense emotions: grief, outrage, disbelief, shock. How could she have not seen this coming? What could she had... Read More →
Sally Rippin is one of the country’s best-loved children’s authors and was Australia’s highest-selling female author in 2016. Writing for almost 20 years, Sally has written more than 50 books for children and young adults, and holds numerous awards for... Read More →
'The story of Nujeen, amazing young woman and Syrian refugee, reminds the world that refugees, just like others, have aspirations and dreams for peace, education and a better society.'
Byron Writers Festival is hosting more than 20 different feature events throughout the region. Here are just a couple to whet your appetite. Literary Dinner: Global Roaming and Probing Join investigative journalists Pulitzer prize-winning Mei Fong and Gold Walkley award-winning... Read More →
We cannot step outside life’s songs. This music made us; it is our nature. American biologist David George Haskell won acclaim for his eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world with his book The Forest Unseen. With his... Read More →
‘If anyone’s written more beautifully and modestly about this country and its people I’m not aware of it.’ – Tim Winton ‘Mahood is a writer of country. Her chapters unfurl like the ribbons of red dunes.’ – Bruce Pascoe Since... Read More →
Byron Writers Festival organisers have unwrapped their program for 2017, featuring more than 130 guests and six stages.
Byron Writers Festival has launched its StoryBoard Bus, a travelling creative writing program bringing authors and illustrators into schools across the northern rivers.
Bestselling authors in Byron and Lismore Byron Writers Festival presents two bestselling authors – Yann Martel and Lionel Shriver. Yann Martel will appear in conversation with Matthew Condon. Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the number one international bestseller... Read More →
Jeffery Renard Allen interviewed by Mandy Nolan Jeffery Renard Allen’s novel Song of the Shank was inspired by the real-life story of genius musician and slave Blind Tom, who was the first African American to perform at the White House.... Read More →
Welcome to the 2016 Byron Writers Festival! This milestone year is our 20th anniversary with a stellar line-up of 150-plus writers and thinkers converging on Byron Bay for Australia’s largest regional writers’ festival. They will engage you in enlightening discussions... Read More →
John Howard had not long moved into Paul Keating’s bedroom at the Lodge when we started our Festival 20 years ago. September 11 had not happened and Elton John’s Candle in the Wind was top of the charts. The first... Read More →
More than 200 volunteers descended onto the site of the Byron Writers Festival site at the weekend to prepare for the big annual three-day event which opens on Friday.
Last year's Archibald Prize winner Nigel Milsom and his celebrity subject, barrister Charles Waterstreet, will be under the spotlight at the Tweed Regional Gallery event on Sunday.