Sunday Aug 13 is fun-day for families when the Kids Big Day Out program takes over the Play Zone marquee at Byron Writers Festival.

Kids Big Day Out features Tristan Bancks as host and Lucas Proudfoot, Eliza Hull, Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, Oliver Phommavanh, Solli Raphael, Amie Kaufman, Zanni Louise, Sarah Temporal and more…


Got kids that love books, storytelling and creativity? Byron Writers Festival’s Kids Big Day Out returns with a stellar line-up of authors and performers making for a fun-packed day of entertainment for kids and families.

On Sunday 13 August the Play Zone marquee at Byron Writers Festival transforms into a giant immersive storytelling arena where authors and illustrators take to the stage to inspire and delight. These interactive presentations are extremely popular entertainment for kids and parents alike. As well as the action onstage, kids can keep busy with hands-on creative activities in the StorySpace.

“Kids Big Day Out is a fantastic opportunity for families to take a break from the everyday and do something magical together. The experience of meeting authors in person and hearing stories firsthand from our leading children’s writers is a memory kids will carry with them, plus it’s a whole load of fun!” said Byron Writers Festival Artistic Director and mum, Zoe Pollock.

Jump, laugh, sing and dance with talented musician and storyteller Lucas Proudfoot then sing along with musician, award-winning writer and advocate Eliza Hull. Be spellbound by Bundjalung artist and illustrator Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, comedian, writer and teacher Oliver Phommavanh and young Slam poet sensation Solli Raphael. International bestselling fantasy author Amie Kaufman will be bringing Wild Imagination to the stage followed by local favourite and author of 35 children’s books Zanni Louise. The always entertaining Tristan Bancks will be the host for Kids Big Day Out, making sure everyone is having a good time.

‘Meet the Author’ book signings will follow each author’s stage presentation. Books will be on sale at the festival or bring along your childrens’ well-loved copies for their heroes to sign and make them even more special.

As well as the action onstage, kids can keep busy with hands-on creative sessions with authors in the StoryBoard StorySpace. Learn how to Draw & Tell with Lucas Proudfoot, get crafty in Bookmaking with Zanni Louise or let those imaginations run wild in Eco Poetry with Sarah Temporal.

With such a stellar line-up of superstars keeping the kids entertained, you can sit back with a coffee and watch the fun and games unfold. Or tag team the supervision with your partner or friend and enjoy some of the many sessions on offer across the rest of Sunday’s program at the festival.

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Held on the lands of the Arakwal Bumberbin 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.

Byron Writers Festival 2023
11 — 13 August 2023
Bangalow Showground and A&I Hall
Market St, Bangalow
All tickets on sale
including $35 Under35 Sat PM tickets