Byron Writers Festival 2023 will be held at the beautiful Bangalow Showgrounds from 11-13 August, heralding an exciting new era for the festival. Leading writers and thinkers from across Australia and the globe will come to the festival to share stories, ideas and the power of words with audiences.

The Festival’s new Artistic Director, Zoë Pollock says “I can’t wait to create a special event for those who love literature and stories to meet their favourite authors, discover brilliant new books and soak up the atmosphere of being in a place where ideas are cherished.”

Bidding farewell to the festival’s original site at Elements of Byron, Pollock said “We are grateful to Elements for generously hosting the festival for so long and will treasure the many wonderful memories we all share. As with all good things, an end has now eventuated and the Elements site is destined to a new owner and a new future.”

“We are excited to be presenting the 2023 festival at the Bangalow Showgrounds, a picturesque heritage site nestled in the heart of the township of Bangalow that is home to a vibrant and creative community. The festival will also be making use of several indoor venues within the precinct, including the Moller Pavilion and the iconic Bangalow A&I Hall. The team and I are very much looking forward to bringing the site to life, creating a playground of literary delights and welcoming audiences to this beautiful location on the lands of the people of the Bundjalung Nation.”

Extra Early Bird 3-Day Passes will be on sale for one week only from March 29 to April 5, and Early Bird 3-Day Passes from June 14-21. A limited release of Sunday Locals’ Passes will go on sale June 22, and general release tickets will go on sale when the full program is announced on June 28. Details and updates available at

Key Dates:
March 29: Extra Early Bird 3-Day Passes on sale
June 14: Early Bird 3-Day Passes on sale, first line-up announcement
June 22: Sunday Locals’ Passes on sale
June 28: Full program announced – all tickets on sale
August 11-13: Festival Weekend