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Byron Bay Writers Festival 2017

4th August 2017 - 7th August 2017

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Where did stories take you?

In August 2016, Byron Writers Festival marked its 20th year with its strongest and best received program yet, breaking box office records and presenting a festival full of history making moments like Stan Grant’s Thea Astley Lecture that people will continue to talk about for years to come.

After severe storm damage on the Wednesday night, it took a gargantuan effort to open the 20th Byron Writers Festival. I would like to thank the Festival team, the volunteers, our partners and everyone in the community who all went above and beyond to make it happen. Also to our wonderful patrons who remained good-humoured and enthusiastic despite the weather.

How heartbreaking it would have been if we hadn’t been able to listen to the beautiful Festival conversations that moved us so profoundly. Our storytellers are our most important teachers and I would like to thank all the writers and people who chaired each session for leading us on incredible journeys over the three days. It is my sincerest hope that all of us who witnessed those stories carry them out into our communities so that the conversations continue to live on.

We invite to stay connected via our blog, social media channels and follow us on Soundcloud as we continue to post festival highlights and audio podcasts throughout the year. We also hope to see your faces at our out-of-season events and workshops. Finally, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates on next year’s Festival, happening 4-6 August 2017.

Edwina Johnson


4th August 2017
7th August 2017
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Byron Bay Writers Festival
(02) 6685 5115


Byron Bay
Byron Bay, NSW 2481 Australia + Google Map

About WFSC

Writers of the Far South Coast (WFSC) Local non-profit (ABN 83 267 549 343) registered with the ACNC Founded in September 1981 by Avril Smith Post mail to PO Box 291, Merimbula NSW 2548 Phone and leave voicemail (02) 6448 9948 Email us at Visit us online at Or on our Facebook page at Bank: IMB Account: Writers of the Far South Coast Inc. BSB: 641 800 Account #: 200459894