Byron Bay Writers Festival Kid’s Big Day Out


Our Festival team has a great passion for children’s literacy and we’ve worked hard to develop a brilliant program for the 2014 Kids Big Day Out.

wPopular television personalities Maddie and Possum of Prime7’s Possum’s Club, will host the event on Sunday 3 August. The exceptional line-up this year, designed to capture the imagination of children aged between six and twelve, includes Andy Griffiths, Mem Fox, Asphyxia, Nick Earls and Sally Rippin with local favourites Jesse Blackadder and Tristan Bancks and a special appearance by Bundjalung member Delta Kay.

As we want as many children as possible to enjoy the Festival, we offer a special discounted Youth Pass for just $40 ($35 for NRWC members) which permits access to Kids Big Day Out with an accompanying adult. BOOK

Book now and meet some of the ‘rock stars’ of children’s literature.


Getting The Crime ‘Right’ with  P.M. Newton 

If you think it is hard to commit the perfect crime – try writing one.

For many writers getting the crime ‘right’ is an intimidating prospect, it can work as a framing device for the spine of the plot as well as a way to develop character and setting. This workshop will explore three questions: What would be needed to solve this crime? This involves thinking about the elements or legal proofs of the crime – clues, evidence, witnesses, physical material, alibis, motives, means etc. It requires a little research and assembling the ingredients.

Follow former detective and crime author P.M. Newton as she shows you how to discover all of the opportunities that a crime provides.
Participants will need to select a crime novel of your choice – or you can use your own Work In Progress – and write a one sentence summary of the story. Then using no more than 6 bullet points, list the major plot points.

Thursday 31 July, 10.00am-4.00pm. Tickets are $100/$85 BOOK

Nature Writing with Inga Simpson

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers with a passion for the natural world, as well as professional writers in environmental fields.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message.

Thursday 31 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Tickets are $60/$50. BOOK

If you don’t want to miss out, book online today, call us on 02 6685 5115 or drop into the festival office at Level 1, 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay (above Witchery) to purchase your festival passes.

phone our booking hotline on 02 6685 5115.3-day pass includes entry to the Festival site from 1 – 3 August.
COST: $265 or $230 students/members of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre
Please note all tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-replaceable.
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Full Program on sale  NOW
Workshops begin Monday 28 July
Secondary Schools Day Thursday 31 July
Main Festival days Friday 1 – Sunday 3 August
Primary Schools days Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 July

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