It’s almost time for the amazing Byron Bay Writers Festival. I have been attending the festival for the past seventeen years, at first as a visitor and, in more recent years, as a participant.
It is one of my favourite events on the bookish calendar. I have amazing memories of wandering around the beachside festival site in the sunshine with coffee, dropping into marquees to hear extraordinary writers tell their stories and share their craft.
More recently, in Sunday’s Kids Big Day Out tent I have been slimed, had my head covered in chocolate sauce and cream, been attached by exploding rubber chickens and, this year, is the year of the Weaponised Muffins!
I’ll be joined at Kids Big Day Out by Morris Gleitzman, Sally Rippin, Hilary Badger (H.I. Larry), Lucas Proudfoot, Richard Roxburgh and Peter Helliar.
I believe that there are still some tickets available here.
Here’s my schedule for the fest. I hope you can make it along. The full program is here.
Primary School Days
Tues 1 August: Murwillumbah Civic Centre, 10-12pm with Zac Power author Hilary Badger.
Wed 2 August: Byron Bay Sports Complex, 9:30-11:30am with Zac Power author Hilary Badger.
Thurs 3 August: Ballina RSL, 10am-12pm, with Zac Power author Hilary Badger.
Fri 4 August, Byron Writers Festival site, 4-5pm: Reach for the Stars: Literacy in Children, a panel discussion with Jesse Blackadder, Cosentino and Sally Rippin.
Kids Big Day Out
Sun 6 August, Byron Writers Festival site: 12:10-12:40pm with lots of other authors speaking before and after me.