Mark your calendar for Byron Writers Festival 2022, set to take place this August 26 — 28 at their new site, the beautiful North Byron Parklands.

Australia’s favourite regional literary festival

Soaking up the winter rays at Byron Writers Festival 2018. Photo J Miller Photography

For three days in August, more than 140 writers and thinkers will come together in Byron to ponder the power of stories and the written word in shaping who we are. Now in its 26th year, Byron Writers Festival has become famous for its relaxed and friendly vibe, open-air coastal location and compelling conversations spanning a mix of genres including environment, first nations, politics, philosophy, music, art, social issues and of course memoir and fiction.

Let’s celebrate the power of words

Now more than ever, the joy of gathering together to listen, reflect, laugh and be uplifted, feels so important. Expect to hear from your favourite authors, discover new talented writers and listen to conversations with some of our greatest thinkers on the topics that matter now. We can’t wait to welcome you to this wonderful event!

First guests announced!

First guests include (clockwise from top left) Trent Dalton, Indira Naidoo, Ben Quilty, Yves Rees, Jessie Cole, Evelyn Araluen

International bestseller Trent Dalton, award-winning contemporary artist Ben Quilty and one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters, author Indira Naidoo are just some of the leading lights heading to Byron Bay to inspire audiences. The Festival also announces 2022 Stella Prize winning poet Evelyn Araluen, acclaimed Northern Rivers author Jessie Cole and award winning author and historian Yves Rees.

This first announcement of celebrated guests gives a taste of things to come with the full program of more than 140 writers, thinkers and commentators to be revealed on 13 July. Early Bird tickets for this year’s Festival are on sale 15—22 June via

Key Dates

June 15: Early Bird 3-day Passes on sale (one week only), first guest announcement
June 30: Sunday Locals Passes on sale (*limited release, conditions apply)
July 13: Full program announced – all tickets on sale
Aug 26-28: Festival Weekend

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Details and updates available via our Festival homepage.