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Byron Writers Festival (26 — 28 August 2022) reveals full program. All tickets now on sale.

Australia’s largest regional writers festival returns with the theme of “Radical Hope”

 Featuring more than 140 writers, thinkers and commentators including Trent Dalton, Hannah Kent, Ben Quilty, Indira Naidoo, Bruce Pascoe, Robert Drewe, Masha Gessen, Evelyn Araluen, Damon Gameau, Steve Toltz, Charlotte Wood, Julia Baird, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Costa Georgiadis, A.C. Grayling, Bronwyn Bancroft, Emily Bitto, Nikki Gemmell, Bryan Brown, Marcia Langton and many more.

 

Byron Writers Festival 2022 (26-28 August) has revealed an inspiring program of celebrated authors as well as powerful new voices to mark its welcome return after a two-year hiatus. Themed ‘Radical Hope’, Byron Writers Festival 2022 will feature more than 140 writers and thinkers gathering together at the Festival’s beautiful new site at North Byron Parklands on Bundjalung country. The festival also offers writers’ workshops, an engaging program for children and several feature and satellite events in venues across the Northern Rivers region.

 

In curating the program, incoming Artistic Director Zoë Pollock reflected on the theme of ‘Radical Hope’ in the wake of fires, pandemic and floods.

Radical hope imagines a future goodness that transcends our current reality. It is a provocation to seek and create a new world in the face of incredibly challenging circumstances. Radical hope is a denial and refusal of cultural destruction and a determination to build a new culture for a changed environment.”

“At this year’s festival you will hear from social and environmental experts on how we can tackle the challenge that is climate change. You will be uplifted by listening to our most gifted storytellers explaining how they celebrate the human condition and render our experiences so magnificently on the page. You will meet talented emerging and established writers who are challenging the status quo. In hearing and engaging with these ideas you are playing your part in making the world anew and I am very much looking forward to welcoming you.”

International and bestselling authors to headline packed program

International guests include revered British philosopher A.C. Grayling and Russian-American journalist, author and activist Masha Gessen whose 11 books include The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The Festival also welcomes novelist Becky Manawatu from Aotearoa whose bestselling multi-award-winning novel Auē introduces a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction and talented Zimbabwean spoken word poet Thando Sibanda.

Trent Dalton, Hannah Kent and Nigel Featherstone will share love stories. Charlotte Wood, Nikki Gemmell and Micheline Lee will reveal how writing has helped them to survive. Fiction lovers will be delighted by in-depth conversations with Emily Bitto, Robert Drewe, Arnold Zable, Chloe Hooper, Kathryn Heyman, Steve Toltz and Christos Tsiolkas who will both feature in conversation with Jennifer Byrne.

Actor and director Aaron Fa’Aoso (Black Comedy) invites audiences into his life of connection, loss, laughter and the Torres Strait as beautifully captured in his forthcoming memoir So Far, So Good. Iconic Australian actor and debut crime writer Bryan Brown will share stories of his illustrious career spanning more than 80 films.

Julia Baird will sit down with Indira Naidoo to discuss wonder, grief and the power of nature in an uplifting conversation on how to deal with life’s hardest moments. Gardening Australia’s beloved Costa Georgiadis will get his hands dirty with farmer and chef Matthew Evans in an enlightening discussion about soil and the systems that sustain us. Archibald winning artist Ben Quilty will discuss radical art with Wondunna artist and writer Fiona Foley.

First Nations voices, healing, recovery and resilience

The annual Thea Astley Address will be delivered by Professor Judy Atkinson whose ground-breaking book Trauma Trails, Recreating Song Lines: The Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia offered a pathway to healing through the listening and telling of stories. Three ground-breaking critical thinkers, Professor Marcia Langton AO, Chelsea Watego and Veronica Gorrie discuss the importance of Indigenous intellectual sovereignty.

Climate change will be front and centre of the discussions at this year’s festival, with a particular focus on the green future we need to build. The need for First Nations knowledge in the face of climate change is highlighted in numerous sessions including ‘Learning From Country’ with Bruce Pascoe, Gamilaraay astronomer Karli Noon and local Bundjalung woman Leweena Williams. Kerry O’Brien will interview inventor and scientist Saul Griffith (The Big Switch) about the bold solution that could help the planet thrive again. Future leaders Mia Thom and Jean Hinchcliffe will outline their vision for our nation. Former fire commissioner Greg Mullins, Lismore councillor Elly Bird and journalist Bronwyn Adcock have all lived through recent Australian disasters and will discuss what is needed to better prepare, recover and rebuild after catastrophic events.

Politics and cultural commentary

Barrie Cassidy will host the inaugural Mungo Panel named in honour of legendary journalist and long-time Byron Writers Festival stalwart, the late Mungo McCallum. Joining the Mungo panel will be Kerry O’Brien, Karen Middleton and Margaret Simons to ask ‘Has the Media Lost Its Mojo?’ Just some of the other award-winning journalists and authors to join the Festival this year include Kate McClymont, Matthew Condon, Van Badham, Christine Jackman, Marian Wilkinson, David Leser, Jess Hill, Julianne Schultz, and Jeff Sparrow.

Northern Rivers Writers

 The Northern Rivers is fertile ground for creatives and more than 30 local writers, artists, thinkers and commentators are featured at Byron Writers Festival this year including Rob Drewe with his new novel Nimblefoot, Jessie Cole (Desire), Bronwyn and Ella Bancroft (Sun and Moon), Emily Brugman (The Islands), Joelle Gergis (Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope), Damon Gameau (2040), Dylin Hardcastle (Below Deck), Tristan Bancks (Cop and Robber), Sarah Armstrong (Big Magic), Hayley Katzen (Untethered), Bronwyn Birdsall (Time and Tide in Sarajevo) and many more.

3-Day Passes and 1-Day Passes for the festival are available to purchase at byronwritersfestival.com/festival

Feature Events

A separately ticketed program of Feature Events in venues throughout the region offer a diverse range of storytelling to inspire and delight. Keynote event ‘Radical Hope’ at Byron Theatre brings together five leading thinkers, A.C. Grayling, Damon Gameau, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Mia Thom and Thando Sibanda, to consider how we can look unflinchingly at our cultural and environmental situation while finding a new way to imagine our future. Also at Byron Theatre, laughs are guaranteed when Charles Firth (The Chaser) and James Schloeffel (The Shovel) join forces to provide a masterclass in the ancient art of lying from political messaging to corporate deception in ‘Spin’. One of Australia’s most gifted writers Charlotte Wood shares the inner workings of her creative process with Ashley Hay in ‘On Creativity’, over a sumptuous morning tea hosted by Crystalbrook Byron.

The festival is proud to present a series of extraordinary events that focus on First Nations voices at Brunswick Picture House, including ‘Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise’, featuring four Bundjalung stories written by Steven Oliver (Black Comedy), Daniel Browning, Kylie Caldwell and Ella Noah Bancroft, presented in partnership with theatre company NORPA and curated by Rhoda Roberts. The festival has also partnered with Blak & Bright curator Jane Harrison to present ‘The Bogong’, a Blak version of The Moth, featuring award-winning poet Evelyn Araluen amongst six brilliant First Nations authors in spoken word form and ‘Borrow A Living Book’ which gives you with the opportunity to meet a local Bundjalung elder for a cup of tea and a chat.

For all tickets to Feature Events please visit byronwritersfestival.com/feature-events

Kids Big Day Out

The kids get a whole marquee to themselves at the festival on Sunday morning to meet and be entertained by their favourite authors and illustrators and to discover new favourites in the hugely popular Kids Big Day Out program, featuring Bronwyn and Ella Bancroft (Sun and Moon), Kate Foster (The Bravest Word), Corey Tutt (CNCA shortlisted The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples), Isobelle Carmody (Kingdom of the Lost series), Sarah Armstrong (Big Magic) and Tristan Bancks (Cop and Robber).

Find out more at byronwritersfestival.com/kbdo

Festival Site

The new festival site is located at North Byron Parklands, 126 Tweed Valley Way, Yelgun (approx 20min drive north of Byron Bay). On-site car parking will be adjacent to the festival and within easy walking distance of where the action takes place. A free shuttle service will run between Byron Bay CBD, Elements of Byron, and the festival site. The shuttle bus will drop passengers off close to the festival entrance gates.

Held on the lands of the Arakwal Bumberbin and Minjungbal peoples of the Bundjalung Nation, we pay respect to the traditional owners of these lands and acknowledge them as the original storytellers of this region.

About Byron Writers Festival

The annual Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. The festival line-up features more than 140 predominantly Australian writers and thinkers who together challenge, entertain and share their stories, inspirations and insights. Byron Writers Festival is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and for delivering a diverse program of stimulating and entertaining conversations that celebrate storytelling in all its forms.

 

Byron Writers Festival 2022

Festival Dates: 26 — 28 August 2022

All tickets now on sale!
www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival

Featuring

Nicole Abadee, Bronwyn Adcock, Alex Adsett, Megan Albany, Akuch Kuol Anyieth, Evelyn Araluen, Sarah Armstrong, Judy Atkinson, Sunil Badami, Van Badham, Julia Baird, Tim Baker, Tristan Bancks, Bronwyn Bancroft, Ella Noah Bancroft, Paul Barclay, Nidala Barker, Jonathan Biggins, Elly Bird, Bronwyn Birdsall, Jemma Birrell, Emily Bitto, James Bradley, Bryan Brown, Phil Brown, Daniel Browning, Emily Brugman, Tim Burrowes, Jennifer Byrne, Kylie Caldwell, Paul Callaghan, Isobelle Carmody, Jane Caro, Barrie Cassidy, Gabrielle Chan, Jo Chandler, Anna Clark, Alan Close, Jessie Cole, Matthew Condon, Ed Coper, Trent Dalton, Robert Drewe, Jill Eddington, Sara El Sayed, Russell Eldridge, Matthew Evans, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Huda Fadlelmawla, Delia Falconer, Nigel Featherstone, Charles Firth, Fiona Foley, Kate Foster, Declan Fry, Antony Funnell, Damon Gameau, Mawunyo Gbogbo, Nikki Gemmell, Costa Georgiadis, Joëlle Gergis, Masha Gessen, Veronica Gorrie, Meg  Grace, A.C. Grayling, Saul Griffith, David Hallett, Chris Hanley, Dylin Hardcastle, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Amani Haydar, Kathryn Heyman, Jess Hill, Jean Hinchliffe, Sarah Holland-Batt, Tim Hollo, Chloe Hooper, Jackie Huggins, Mark Isaacs, Christine Jackman, Zacharey Jane, Erik Jensen, Yumna Kassab, Hayley Katzen, Hannah Kent, Krissy Kneen, Natalie Kon-yu, Will Kostakis, Marcia Langton, Joy Lawn, Cheryl Leavy, Debbie Lee, Micheline Lee, David Leser, Louisa Lim, Eleanor Limprecht, Gary Lonesborough, Zanni Louise, Grace Lucas-Pennington, Becky Manawatu, Wendy McCarthy, Kate McClymont, Phillipa McGuinness, Laura Jean McKay, Mark McKenna, Miles Merrill, Karen Middleton, Anika Molesworth, Greg Mullins, Fiona Murphy, Indira Naidoo, Krystal De Napoli, Anne Maria Nicholson, Mandy Nolan, Karlie Noon, Kerry O’Brien, Matt Okine, Steven Oliver, Mick O’Regan, Claire O’Rourke, Bruce Pascoe, Rhianna Patrick, Andrew Quilty, Ben Quilty, Yves Rees, Mirandi Riwoe, Rhoda Roberts, David Roland, Gina Rushton, Mykaela Saunders, James Schloeffel, Julianne Schultz, Tricia Shantz, Thando Sibanda, Margaret Simons, Inga Simpson, Jeff Sparrow, Mary Spongberg, Jeanti St Clair, Danny Teece-Johnson, Mia Thom, Steve Toltz, Christos Tsiolkas, Corey Tutt, Adam van Kempen, Mariam Veiszadeh, Chelsea Watego, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Marian Wilkinson, Leweena Williams, Sarah Wilson, Charlotte Wood, Susan Wyndham, Arnold Zable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Kind Business: Values Create Value’ by Dr David Cooke.

Creating value for your business through kindness

 

By Samantha Elley

To put the words ‘Kind’ and ‘Business’ together in a title may seem like an anomaly for some, but that is what first time Byron Bay author, Dr David Cooke, has done with his new publication.

‘Kind Business: Values Create Value’ is to be launched this week at The Book Room Byron

“I spent 35 years in the corporate world and don’t think I was a natural fit,” said Dr Cooke.

“So, when I found myself in the last eight years as CEO of a Japanese tech company, I knew I could put my stamp on my corner of the corporate sector and do things a little bit differently.”

Dr Cooke’s way of doing things differently included engaging the people in his organisation and getting their feedback on ideas for the business.

“I found it really helped our organisation to thrive,” he said.

“We are a commoditised sector of the technology industry, selling printing and scanning hardware, and while there are many companies out there selling the same products, we were known as a good company, as we treated our people and our customers kindly.”

What Dr Cooke saw was his business grew and ‘defied gravity’ in what has essentially become a declining industry when it comes to printing.

“We just engaged with people and treated our customers honestly and openly, as it seemed the right thing to do, and lo and behold, we flourished,” he said.

When Dr Cooke retired, he knew he had to write a book on his experiences and Kind Business was born.

“If you design your business to be responsible, treat people and the community well and honestly, you will find commercial value in your business,” said Dr Cooke.

This book is a must read for entrepreneurs, emerging leaders and business executives and can be purchased online or through local bookstores for $29.95.

The book is to be launched at The Book Room Byron, 27 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay on 11th July, 6pm. Bookings can be made here.

 

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Explore the Theme ‘Rising’ for Climate Conversations 2025

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Installation view of the 2023 Climate Conversations project ‘Mending & Tending: Art that works for Nature’, 2023. Photo by Jaka Adamic.

Explore the Theme ‘Rising’ for Climate Conversations 2025

 

Byron Shire Council invites expressions of interest from artists to explore the theme ‘Rising – the growing urgency and consciousness to meet climate challenges.’

“We are thrilled to announce ‘Rising’ as the theme for Climate Conversations 2025,” said Sarah Harvey, Gallerist at Lone Goat Gallery. “This biennial initiative invites Northern Rivers artists to collaborate with the community, exploring ways to adapt, reorganise, and evolve in response to climate change through the arts.”

Harvey emphasised the timeliness of the theme: “With soaring temperatures, swelling oceans, and escalating natural disasters, Earth’s fragile equilibrium is at risk. ‘Rising’ embodies the necessity to embrace our roles as environmental stewards and to unite in collective action.”

Artists are encouraged to submit innovative project proposals that engage the community and align with the theme. Selected artists will receive a $5,000 fee to develop new work, up to $2,000 for public program delivery, and a one-month exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery in 2025.

Climate Conversations, an initiative by Lone Goat Gallery and Byron Shire Council, encourages artists to undertake climate-related projects. Proposals that incorporate creative collaborations and participatory activities to stimulate important community discussions about climate change are highly encouraged.

“Projects with a strong community focus will be given special consideration,” Harvey noted. “Our goal is to support artists in fostering new ways of thinking and talking about climate change through art.”

Submission Details:

  • Theme: Rising – the growing urgency and consciousness to meet climate challenges
  • Support: $5,000 artist’s fee, up to $2,000 for public programs, one-month exhibition
  • Eligibility: Open to all Northern Rivers artists, art producers, and artist teams
  • Deadline: Expressions of interest are now open

Interested artists can apply via the Byron Shire Council’s website or visit here for more information.

Join us in this vital artistic endeavour to inspire, engage, and challenge our community towards a sustainable future.

 

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Byron Writers Festival 2024 Program Announced

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Byron Writers Festival 2024 Program

Byron Writers Festival 2024 Program Announced

 

Australia’s largest regional writers’ festival, the Byron Writers Festival, has announced its full program for 2024, scheduled for August 9-11. This year’s theme, ‘From the ground up,’ will be explored by 160 writers, including notable figures such as Trent Dalton, Richard Flanagan, Jane Harper, Melissa Lucashenko, Charlotte Wood, Bruce Pascoe, Bob Brown, Julia Baird, Nam Le, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Lynette Noni, Bryan Brown, Tony Birch, William McInnes, Chigozie Obioma, Caoilinn Hughes, Tayi Tibble, Meena Kandasamy, Louise Milligan, Kim Williams, Kerry O’Brien, and many others.

The festival, set in the picturesque Bundjalung Country in Bangalow, near Byron Bay, offers writing workshops, book launches, a children’s program, and events across the Northern Rivers region. Jessica Alice, the incoming Artistic Director, curated the 2024 program, emphasising the theme’s focus on community mobilisation and new beginnings.

International and Bestselling Authors

Among the international guests are Chigozie Obioma, a two-time Booker Prize finalist; Caoilinn Hughes, a significant Irish literary voice; Leo Vardiashvili, a UK-based novelist; Meena Kandasamy, an Indian activist; and award-winning Maori poet Tayi Tibble.

Featured Conversations and Panels

  • Trent Dalton in conversation with Julia Baird
  • Charlotte Wood and Ailsa Piper on grief and forgiveness
  • Richard Flanagan on his memoir Question 7
  • David Marr on colonial myths
  • Steph Tisdell on writing with humor
  • Crime Writers: Jane Harper, Candice Fox, Matthew Condon, Bryan Brown in conversation with Jennifer Byrne

Memoir and Music

  • Kon Karapanagiotidis‘s Greek kitchen
  • Priya Nadesalingam’s Home to Biloela
  • Nicky Winmar‘s stand against racism
  • Gideon Haigh on his brother’s loss
  • Rebecca Huntley‘s memoir Sassafras
  • Jim Moginie and Kate Ceberano on the music industry
  • Suzie Miller on her play Prima Facie
  • William McInnes‘s memories of Australia
Byron Writers Festival 2024 Program

L-R (Row 1) Tayi Tibble, Trent Dalton, Kate Ceberano, Bob Brown, Meena Kandasamy, Bruce Pascoe. (Row 2) James Bradley, Steph Tisdell, Richard Flanagan, Jennifer Byrne, Chigozie Obioma, Julia Baird.

Climate and Environment

Special events feature Bob Brown, Richard Flanagan, David Lindenmayer, Ali Cobby Eckermann, and Sue Higginson discussing environmental topics. Other speakers include James Bradley, Joelle Gergis, and Daniel Harrison.

Politics and Media

  • Nick Bryant, John Lyons, and Meena Kandasamy on the ‘Mega Election Year’
  • Kim Williams AM and Kerry O’Brien on the ABC’s future
  • Amy McQuire, Louise Milligan, Nick Bryant, and Julianne Schultz on press freedom

Northern Rivers Writers

Over 40 local writers are featured, including Daniel Browning, Mykaela Saunders, Jodi Rodgers, Isabelle Reinecke, Mindy Woods, Annika Johansson, Mandy Nolan, and Rhoda Roberts AO.

Feature Events

Evening events include ‘Bob Brown in Conversation’ with Jan Fran and the festival keynote ‘Gala: From the ground up’. Other events feature William McInnes, Steph Tisdell, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jim Moginie, and ‘Electric Poetics’ with Tayi Tibble, Meena Kandasamy, Nam Le, Jazz Money, Mitch King, and Nicole Smede.

Young Adult and Kids Programs

YA fiction fans can look forward to appearances by Lynette Noni, Lili Wilkinson, Steph Tisdell, and Graham Akhurst. The Kids Big Day Out program on Sunday morning features presentations by Bob Brown, Kate & Jol Temple, Peter Carnavas, and Matt Stanton, along with StorySpace workshops.

Festival Dates and Tickets

Byron Writers Festival 2024 will take place from August 9-11 at the Bangalow Showground and various venues.

Tickets are now on sale now.

 

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