In-depth conversations, art, poetry, comedy and nights of song and storytelling.
Byron Writers Festival Satellite Events across the Northern Rivers featuring:
Ren Alessandra, Evelyn Araluen, Australian Poetry Slam, Caroline Baum, Damien Becker, Danielle Celermajer, Dynasty8 Choir, Matthew Evans, Kitty Flanagan, Fiona Foley, David Hallett, Kathryn Heyman, Christian Hull, Jeff Lang, Becky Lucas, Gabrielle Mordy, Fiona Murphy, Mandy Nolan, Matt Okine, Lucy Peach, Archie Roach, Greg Sindel, Sarah Temporal, Lisa Walker.
Art in the morning, memoir for afternoon tea, choir at sunset, in-depth conversations at dinnertime and evenings full of comedy, song and storytelling – all on the menu for audiences across the Northern Rivers with 17 Satellite Events taking place in addition to the main program for Byron Writers Festival (6-8 August).
Unfolding across the Festival week in venues from Murwillumbah to Lismore, Byron to Brunswick, Satellite Events are separately ticketed opportunities to discover the delights of Byron Writers Festival. Many of them are free.
“With so many talented and provocative writers, thinkers and commentators in town we want to keep the conversations flowing with a wide variety of special events throughout the region,” says Edwina Johnson, Festival Director. “Our Satellite Events are the perfect solution if you can’t make it to the main Festival or have never been before and are curious to get a taste of what it’s all about.”
Danielle Celermajer is an academic and philosopher whose work focuses on human rights, ethics and multispecies justice. Her incredibly moving story of Jimmy the pig who she tenderly nursed through depression after he lost his life partner in the Black Summer bushfires, caught the world’s attention. Spend an evening with Celermajer on Friday 6 August at Crystalbrook Byron (formerly Byron at Byron) to hear this story and more as gathered together in her tender and lyrical book Summertime.
Tasmanian chef and farmer Matthew Evans’ latest book Soil is a hymn to the remarkable and underappreciated bit of Earth that gifts us life. Join Matthew at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Saturday 7 August for a fascinating discussion about farming, regeneration and caring for the health of our soil.
Laughs are guaranteed at Byron Theatre on the evening of Friday 6 August when Australian comedy superstars Kitty Flanagan, Christian Hull, Becky Lucas and Matt Okine join local legend Mandy Nolan to talk about using comedy as a tool for world domination!
Byron Theatre will then play host to an evening of song and story on Saturday 7 August with Lucy Peach, singer-songwriter, theatre-maker and author of the hugely popular Period Queen, a ground-breaking book that demystifies the menstrual cycle. Later that night join legendary guitarist, songwriter and author Jeff Lang as he plays songs from across his career and reads some short passages from his book, Some Memories Never Die – a memoir of three decades on the road in which Jeff recalls the gigs, the twists, the turns and the people he met along the way.
Fiona Murphy hid her Deafness for most of her life. Fiona will share her life story and explore issues of stigma, shame, deafness, disability and personal transformation with Caroline Baum in The Shape of Sound on Saturday 7 August in the Banksia Pavilion at Elements of Byron. The event is free and includes a special screening of Fearless Films, a series of short films produced by Feros Care and Screenworks about people living boldly with disability.
Lovers of poetry can fill their cups with verse throughout the region at the Poets Out Loud Youth Slam in Murwillumbah, the Australian Poetry Slam at Byron Theatre and an in-depth conversation at Southern Cross University in Lismore with Goorie/Koori poet Evelyn Araluen about her spectacular debut collection of poetry and prose Dropbear.
Bring a pillow and a rug to Kingscliff Community Hall on the evening of Friday 6 August or Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall on Saturday 7 August and allow yourself to surrender to the magical experience of Dynasty8Choir singing beautiful ancient and modern classical choral music. Chairs will also be provided.
At NORPA in Lismore on Saturday 7 August spend a powerful evening with Archie Roach. In this intimate Tell Me Why concert, Archie’s profound spiritual presence imparts a moving on-stage memoir of his life. He sings of both the heartbreak and joy of his people and calls for justice, for understanding, for empathy, for healing and for a better future for our children and country.
Art lovers will be enraptured by two free artists talks – one on Sunday 8 August with Badtjala artist and academic Fiona Foley at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, the other on Friday 6 August at Lismore Regional Gallery with Greg Sindel and Gabrielle Mordy of Studio A, an inspiring Sydney-based arts organisation that provides professional development for artists with intellectual disabilities.
To see the full program of Satellite Events and to book tickets head to byronwritersfestival.com/
6-8 August, 2021
Elements of Byron Resort, Byron Bay
All tickets now on sale!