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Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest regional writers festival. This year’s vibrant program is packed with high-profile literary luminaries and new voices exploring the theme “From the ground up”.

The Festival is positioned in the hinterland town of Bangalow, 15 minutes from Byron Bay, offering writing workshops, book launches, an engaging program for children, and events across the larger Northern Rivers region.

The festival experience is designed for discovery and delight. There are six venues to explore – marquees,  Hakea, Acacia, Melaleuca and Lilly Pilly, a smaller conversational tent, The Coolamon, and the A&I Hall. A festival pass includes access to all festival sessions.

Enjoy food stalls, coffee carts and bars, browse artisan markets, sculpture walk and festival book shop. Meet your favourite writers and have your books signed after festival sessions.

Featuring 160 writers including 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 more.

In curating the 2024 program incoming Artistic Director Jessica Alice reflected on the theme:
“From the ground up springs new life, new ideas, and new possibilities. It’s where communities mobilise and movements are born. This festival program explores our histories and the seeds of the futures that we begin to build today.”
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