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Byron Bay Writers Festival 

In August 2016, Byron Writers Festival marked its 20th year with its strongest and best received program yet, breaking box office records and presenting a festival full of history making moments like Stan Grant’s Thea Astley Lecture that people will continue to talk about for years to come.

After severe storm damage on the Wednesday night, it took a gargantuan effort to open the 20th Byron Writers Festival. I would like to thank the Festival team, the volunteers, our partners and everyone in the community who all went above and beyond to make it happen. Also to our wonderful patrons who remained good-humoured and enthusiastic despite the weather.

How heartbreaking it would have been if we hadn’t been able to listen to the beautiful Festival conversations that moved us so profoundly. Our storytellers are our most important teachers and I would like to thank all the writers and people who chaired each session for leading us on incredible journeys over the three days. It is my sincerest hope that all of us who witnessed those stories carry them out into our communities so that the conversations continue to live on.

We invite to stay connected via our blog, social media channels and follow us on Soundcloud as we continue to post festival highlights and audio podcasts throughout the year. We also hope to see your faces at our out-of-season events and workshops. Finally, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates on next year’s Festival, happening 4-6 August 2017.

Edwina Johnson
Director

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