Jul 8, 2019

Festival Time

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will know I used to be heavily involved with Byron Writers Festival. After the 2018 Festival, I stepped down as Chair. It was a bittersweet moment as I loved heading up the Festival, but combining that with full-time work and a writing career proved too much.

The new program has just come out and once again it is shaping up to be absolutely wonderful. Not only is there the three-day Festival in a beautiful, beachside location, but also many satellite events and workshops.

Some of the sessions I circled in the program include:

  • Writing Process: The Agony and the Ecstasy with Isobelle Carmody, Karen Foxlee, John Marsden chaired by Nicole Abadee
  • AC Grayling on How Philosophy has Changed History
  • Markus Zusak in conversation with Angela Ledgerwood
  • David Gillespie on Teen Brains with Mandy Nolan
  • Landscape as Muse with Gail Jones, Di Morrissey, Peter Watt chaired by Nicole Abadee.

And that’s just Day One!

The Festival is being held on 2-4 August. Hope to see you there, breathing the sea air, listening to the stories from around the country and around the world.


  1. Jen, what a stellar program! You'll have a great time -- and you'll actually get a chance to enjoy it, rather than stress. Can't wait to hear all about it. :-)

  2. Sounds wonderful, Jen. I hope to get there one day. This year you can perhaps enjoy it purely as a participant which should be fun! (And well deserved.)