The Byron Writers Festival is four weeks away and the organisers are so excited to welcome you to the beautiful Bangalow Showground for another world-class Byron Writers Festival.

This is their biggest festival ever and they’ve got so much to share with you. The feature events will keep the good times rolling into the evenings on Friday and Saturday nights.

And explore deeper into some of the highlights on each day of the festival with a selection of writers, books and sessions that make this year’s program so compelling.

Byron Writers Festival 2024
Festival Dates: 9-11 August 2024
Bangalow Showground and various venues
Full program and all tickets available

Feature events

Electric Poetics
Friday 9 August, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
A&I Hall, Bangalow
Tickets online
Be ignited and inspired by a powerful lineup of poets, musicians and performers, including festival stars Jazz Money, Nam Le, Tayi Tibble (NZ), Meena Kandasamy (India), Mitch King, and winners from the Poets Out Loud Slam and Australian Poetry Slam heats, with music by Nicole Smede. Hosted by Mandy Nolan.

Festival Gala
Friday 9 August, 8pm – 9:15pm
Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
Tickets online
Nourish your mind with big ideas to change our world at the annual Byron Writers Festival gala! Hosted by ABC First Tuesday Book Club’s Jennifer Byrne, high-profile guests of the festival will grace the stage of Byron Theatre to deliver powerful and entertaining talks. Featuring Chigozie Obioma (USA/Nigeria), David Marr, Louise Milligan, Yumna Kassab, and Amy McQuire.

Bob Brown
Saturday 10 August, 6pm – 7pm
A&I Hall, Bangalow
Tickets online
Join Bob Brown, former senator and parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens, for an intimate evening of discussion. What prompted Bob to write a young adult ‘novelette’ Thera, and what can it teach us about engaging young people in the fight for Earth’s future? Bob will be joined in conversation by television presenter Jan Fran.

Better Off Said
Saturday 10 August, 8pm – 9:30pm
A&I Hall, Bangalow
Tickets online
Better Off Said: Eulogies for the Living and Dead celebrates stories and human experiences. Produced by Marieke Hardy and hosted by poet Emilie Zoey Baker, experience moving and hilarious letters read by First Nations poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, actor William McInnes, Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie, comedian Steph Tisdell, and Georgian novelist Leo Vardiashvili.