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Byron Bay Writers Festival 2016

5th to 7th August

Byron Writers Festival 2016 will feature William Finnegan, Cheryl Strayed, Madga Szubanski and Charlotte Wood in a stellar line-up of more than 150 writers, poets, journalists, politicians and thinkers.


7-9th August 2015 

In early August, more than 140 influential writers and thinkers will converge on Byron Bay for Australia’s largest regional literary event; an ocean of minds unfolding stories against a backdrop of migrating whales. Don’t miss: Julia Gillard in conversation with Clare Wright, Tariq Ali with Kerry O’Brien, Helen Garner with Caroline Baum, Kate Grenville with Rosemarie Milsom, and Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year.

Karen Hitchcock

Be moved by Karen Hitchcock whose controversial Quarterly Essay Dear Life, examines our capacity to care for the elderly, and delve into country with Don Watson whose latest book The Bush is a multiple prize-winner.

Jennifer Byrne

In an Australian exclusive, BBWF is proud to present Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma whose startling debut novel The Fishermen has received plaudits from across the literary world. Mexican-based Jennifer Clement whose compelling novel Prayers for the Stolen was shortlisted for this year’s PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction will also debut.

Jennifer Byrne from ABC TV The Book Club will join us to interview both of these international writers. We also offer you a chance to catch up with some of your favourite writers and discover new voices in our new one-on-one sessions ‘30 Minutes with...’ including Stella Prize winner Emily Bitto, Man Asian Literary Prize winner Miguel Syjuco, New York Times bestseller Liane Moriarty, artist Joshua Yeldham, master of psychological thrillers, Michael Robotham and Noah Rosenberg of Narratively, a platform for untold stories.

And then the spotlight turns to politics. Who better to examine the challenges and issues that most concern all Australians than one former Prime Minister, her Treasurer, two former state Premiers and the journalist who unseated a Prime Minister? Yes, Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan, Anna Bligh, Carmen Lawrence and Maxine McKew will all be appearing in Byron Bay.

Andy Griffiths

Kids Big Day Out returns in 2015 where kids can meet their literary heroes. Including one of Australia’s best-loved children’s authors, Jackie French, ever-popular illustrator Terry Denton and Australian superstar author Andy Griffiths



For three days in early August (7-9 August) Byron Bay Writers Festival, Australia’s largest regional literary event, will deliver a stimulating program comprising over 160 sessions featuring celebrated international and Australian authors, thinkers and innovators.

Tariq Ali

Writers festival

Among the guests in this year’s line-up are global heavyweight Tariq Ali and best-seller David Vann who will be matched by a chorus of strong, female Australian voices including Helen Garner, Joan London, Kate Grenville and former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Byron Bay Writers Festival Director, Edwina Johnson seeks to build on the success of the 2014 Festival and amplify its reach within the region.

“More and more there is a need to cultivate and conjure community conversations about the issues that matter, and to explore the creative process. What drives it, sustains it, and affects it in our harried lives. I invite you to join us to examine the world as it is and imagine how it might be.

David Vann

“Throughout the Festival our guest poets, novelists, historians, journalists, biographers, memoirists, comedians and songwriters will challenge, entertain and share their inspirations and insights,” says Ms Johnson.

“The 2015 all-star cast marks this Festival as a must-go destination event and continues to build on our international reputation. Where else can you walk along pristine ocean beaches inspired by the writings of some of the world’s most famous authors?” asks Festival Founder and Chairman, Chris Hanley.

The 2015 Byron Bay Writers Festival will unfold from 7-9 August at the newly named Elements of Byron. It will be preceded by a series of hands-on skills development workshops commencing on 3 August at the Northern Rivers Writers Centre, and associated schools programs.



Tariq Ali

Jennifer Clement

Sheng Keyi

Antonia Murphy

Chigozie Obioma

Joanna Rakoff

Noah Rosenberg

Miguel Syjuco

David Vann

Nury Vittachi

Annie Zaidi


Abdi Aden

Sarah Armstrong

Emma Ashmere

Paul Barclay

Caroline Baum

Jonathan Biggins

Emily BItto

Jesse Blackadder

Anna Bligh

James Bradley

Honey Brown

Phil Brown

Jennifer Byrne

Robyn Cadwallader

Jane Camens

Edna Carew

Jane Caro

Barrie Cassidy

Gabrielle Chan

Beccy Cole

Matthew Condon

Michael Cooney

Tim Costello

Sibella Court

John Dahlsen

Mark Dapin

Gregory Day

Terry Denton

Sean Doherty

Robert Drewe

Jill Eddington

Russell Eldridge

Wesley Enoch

Marc Fennell

First Dog on the Moon

Chris Flynn

Lindsay Foyle

Mia Freedman

Jackie French

Helen Garner

Julia Gillard

Ross Gittins

Kate Grenville

Andy Griffiths

Clive Hamilton

Sophie Hamley

Dave Hartley

Jacqueline Harvey

Ashley Hay

Lian Hearn

Jim Hearn

Robert Hillman

Karen Hitchcock

pZacharey Jane

Erik Jensen

Mike Jones

Mireille Juchau

Delta Kay

Catherine Keenan

Krissy Kneen

Andrew Knight

Anneli Knight

Malcolm Knox

Ramona Koval

Alison Kubler

Carmen Lawrence

Sean Leahy

David Leser

Joan London

Tory Loudon

Zanni Louise

Angelo Loukakis

Tim Low

David Manne

Simon Marnie

Kate McClymont

Richard McHugh

Maxine McKew

George Megalogenis

Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Miles Merrill

Rosemarie Milsom

Liane Moriarty

Bianca Nogrady

Mandy Nolan

Michael Nolan

Kerry O’Brien

Cate Paterson

John Pickrell

Margaret Pomeranz

Scott Prince

Doug Purdie

Hannie Rayson

David Ritter

Michael Robotham

Osama Sami

Sally Sara

Moya Sayer-Jones

Julianne Schultz

Greg Sheriden

Peter Singer

Renata Singer

Jennifer St George

Wayne Swan

Hedley Thomas

Michael Tuahine

Samantha Turnbull

Ellen van Neerven

Eben Venter

Sandy Verschoor

Zenith Virago

Lisa Walker

Christopher Warren

Vera Wasowski

Don Watson

Wendy Were

Paul West

Philippa Whitfield Pomeranz

Cathy Wilcox

Clare Wright

Joshua Yeldham

Zohab Zee Khan

Emilie Zoey Baker