Happy birthday, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987). As one of the more obscure figures who championed human rights, his activism spanned race, sexuality, and class, which contributed to major political movements of the ’60s.
One of Australia’s most eminent Indigenous academics and advocates, Prof Marcia Langton, will deliver the Byron Writers Festival 2020 Thea Astley address.
Our cherished friend, Jesse Blackadder, died last Wednesday, six months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Like so many other festivals and events on the Far North Coast, the Byron Writer’s Festival has announced they will not be going ahead in 2020.
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.
Check out what's to love at the Byron Writers Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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.
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!
Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan. Reviewed by Monty, age 9. The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody. Reviewed by Misha, age 12
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.
From jellyfish experts to space archeologists, it’s often the names we don’t recognise that leave the most lasting impressions. This week we highlight some of the hidden gems within the 2019 Festival Program.
Vicki’s writing has been compared to the work of Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. This year she was the winner of the Stella Prize and in 2018 the Finch Memoir Prize. You can hear more of Vicki’s extraordinary story at Byron Writers Festival on Friday 2 August on the panel Memoir: Running in the Family.
One of Italy’s best-selling writers, Carofiglio will be at Byron Writers Festival to share his life experiences and discuss his latest thrilling novel The Cold Summer, inspired by a true story.
Ginger Gorman is coming to Byron Writers Festival to provide a window into not just the mindset of trolls, but also the profound changes in the way we live and work in a post-internet world.
If you’re looking for new insights into some of the big issues pervading modern consciousness, look no farther than Byron Writers Festival 2019. Here’s an overview of just some of the hot-topic sessions you won’t want to miss at the three-day Festival.
A book around the ethics of eating meat is certain to spark intense debate amongst vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores. On Eating Meat is that book and its author Matthew Evans is appearing at Byron Writers Festival
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice and global poverty and has been instrumental in ensuring these issues are placed on the national and international agenda.
From page to stage, let the words take flight! Come experience live some of Australia’s most vibrant performance and slam poets featured within the groundbreaking spoken-word anthology Solid Air.
As well as appearing in the main Festival program, selected writers and thinkers will feature in Byron Writers Festival’s program of Satellite Events that will have you laughing, crying, chin-stroking, and truly inspired.
Wondering which ticket is right for you? Read on for our quick guide to the 2019 Byron Writers Festival. A festival for your mind! Byron Writers Festival is set up a bit like a music festival, with six stages that... Read More →
Meet the journalists, politicians, and philosophers who will come together at Byron Writers Festival 2019 to unpack the challenging terrain of modern politics, free speech, and the crisis of democracy that comes with it. Why are voters so disaffected? A... Read More →
The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of... Read More →
Jennifer Clement is one the highlight international guests appearing at Byron Writers Festival in August. The award-winning author of Prayers for the Stolen and The Widow Basquiat is also a poet, celebrated non-fiction writer. Jennifer Clement is also the first... Read More →
There is plenty at this year’s Byron Writers Festival for book-lovers to lust over. Get your bedside book stack sorted with this day-by-day digest of literary delight. Friday 2 August 2019 Stella Prize winner Vicki Laveau-Harvie (The Erratics), Rick Morton... Read More →
As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.