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Byron Writers Festival

This major annual literary event, the largest regional Writers Festival, offers a seven-day program attracting more than 65,000 individual attendances and reaching more than 4000 school students.

The Byron Writers Festival had its beginnings in 1997, when a small group of locals led by Chris Hanley wondered whether authors might accept an invitation to spend a winter weekend in Byron Bay. They did, and an audience of two hundred locals enjoyed a gathering of 50 Australian writers. Since then, the Festival has grown from a single venue event to fill five huge marquees and venues around town.

The Festival guest list now numbers more than 130 authors and commentators. Over the years the most significant and respected contemporary Australian writers have participated through lectures, lunches, panels, conversations, launches and readings. The event also attracts top local, national and international literary talent, including luminaries such as Jeanette Winterson, Tom Keneally and Charlotte Wood, and celebrated politicians including Malcolm Fraser and Julia Gillard. The Festival also provides a platform for local writers to engage with audiences, meet with publishers and agents and launch works.

The Festival runs in August. For up-to-date information on the Festival Program, please subscribe to the e-newsletter for program announcements and ticket releases.