Australia’s largest regional literary celebration, Byron Writers Festival is all set to open the book on its 23rd edition this weekend (Friday 2 August – Sunday 4 August). More than 140 writers and thinkers from across Australia and around the world will converge on Byron Bay to celebrate the power of words with Festival audiences. Taking place on the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron Resort the Festival gives audiences the freedom to wander between six stages, choosing from sessions spanning topics such as the environment, social issues, the arts, science, crime, poetry, politics, memoir and fiction.
“The 2019 Byron Writers Festival program has been so enthusiastically embraced by locals and visitors alike and we can’t wait to see it all unfold over the weekend,” said Festival Director Edwina Johnson. “The Festival is known and loved for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and this is in no small part due to the incredible work of a very small Festival team, a volunteer Board, the support of the community and sponsors and a legion of volunteers who represent the heart of this Festival.”
More than 200 volunteers come from across the Northern Rivers and beyond to help deliver a packed program of 120 different sessions over three days at Elements of Byron Resort as well as writers’ workshops, a program for children and satellite events in venues across the region.
This year’s line-up includes Iranian-Kurdish refugee and winner of the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature Behrouz Boochani, live streamed from Manus Island, bestselling author Markus Zusak (Bridge of Clay), US based author and journalist Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), former Prime Minister The Hon. Kevin Rudd (The PM Years), revered commentators Leigh Sales (Any Ordinary Day) and Kerry O’Brien (Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir), leading writer on climate change Tim Flannery (Europe: A Natural History), Wiradjuri novelist Tara June Winch (The Yield) and beloved children’s author Alison Lester amongst many more.
Tickets can be purchased online at byronwritersfestival.com/tickets or from the Festival box office from Friday 2 August until sold out (please check the website).