Byron Writers Festival Announces authors for Writers on the Road


    Writers on the Road authors announced!

    Byron Writers Festival to bring Sarah Armstrong, Ben Hobson, Kári Gíslason and Jesse Oliver to NSW regional towns.

    Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to announce writers Sarah ArmstrongKári GíslasonBen Hobson and Australian Poetry Slam Champion Jesse Oliver will board the Writers on the Road bus, headed for NSW regional towns Kyogle (27 July), Alstonville (28 July), Tenterfield (29 July), Bonalbo (30 July) and Brunswick Heads (31 July) in the lead up to the annual Festival.

    Since 2014, Byron Writers Festival has shared the love of all things literary by sending out authors from the main program to bring a taste of the Festival to regional towns. This year, thanks to the generous support of the Create NSW Regional Cultural Fund, Writers on the Road rides again!

    ‘The love of books and storytelling is huge in regional NSW, but not every reader can make it to Byron Writers Festival, so Writers on the Road is arts equity in action,’ says tour manager, Zacharey Jane. ‘We can take the program that has been curated by the Festival and extend it to towns that are much further away.’

    A series of free evening events are tailored for each town, open to all lovers of literature, ideas and storytelling. Writers on the Road will also conduct free workshops in local schools, building on the successes of StoryBoard – Byron Writers Festival’s creative writing program for school-aged children.

    Writers on the Road 2018
    Presented by Byron Writers Festival & StoryBoard

    Friday 27 July – Kyogle
    6.00pm at Kyogle Library

    Saturday 28 July – Alstonville
    1.00pm at Alstonville Plateau Bowls & Sporting Club

    Sunday 29 July – Tenterfield
    1.00pm at Our Place Café for a Poetry Slam, MC Jesse Oliver
    6.00pm at the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Art School Theatre

    Monday 30 July – Bonalbo
    6.00pm at Bonalbo Hall

    Tuesday 31 July – Brunswick Heads
    6.30pm at Brunswick Picture House

    All Writers on the Road events are free admission.

    For more information about Writers on the Road 2018 visit

    Proudly Funded by the NSW Government


    Sarah Armstrong has written three novels. Before moving to Byron Bay to write, she was a journalist at the ABC, where she won a Walkley Award. [ More ]

    Kári Gíslason is a writer and academic who lectures in Creative Writing at QUT. He is the author of The Promise of Icelandand Saga Land (co-authored with Richard Fidler). [ More

    Ben Hobson teaches English and Music at Bribie Island State High School. To Become a Whale is his first novel. [More]

    Spoken word artist Jesse Oliver is the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Co-Champion and a co-director of the National Young Writers Festival. [ More ]