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The 12th Annual Mullum Music Festival

2019 Mullum Music Festival, 14 Venues, over 80 Artists and a whole town full of music, arts and love... Throughout the township of Mullumbimby, NSW.

Stamp your musical passport at Mullum Music Festival this year with bands and musicians from Chile, South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands playing alongside a power packed local and national line up. Now in its 12th year, Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. 

Plus street parade, workshops, community program, sculpture walk and more...

You can stamp your musical passport at Mullum Music Festival this year with bands and musicians from Chile, South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands playing alongside a power packed local and national line up. Now in its 12th year, Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. This is an inclusive festival for everyone from 2 to 82.

Plus workshops, community program, sculpture walk and more...

14-17 November. Full detail, lineup, playing schedule and tickets available at www.mullummusicfestival.com.

2019 BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 2019 Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF) came to a spectacular close with the announcement of the winners of the BBFF Best Film Awards.

The event, now in its 13th Year, attracted entries from all over the globe.

BBFF Director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said: 

“Whilst our programme featured a number of the strongest Australian titles to be in the festival circuit of 2019/20, we have decided it is important to bring BBFF back to the roots that independent festivals were born from. It is for this reason our nominees are made from independent films that are not represented here in Australia by local distributors. This allows our awards to support these filmmakers as they continue on the festival circuit and bring more attention to the work they do.”

The winner of both Best Film and Best Documentary was the powerful and enlightening ‘In My Blood It Runs’ which offers a rare and compelling insight into the life of 10-year-old Arrente and Garrawa boy, Dujuan. The audience was moved to laughter, tears and horror as they watched Dujuan navigate his role as both a traditional healer; and child beholden to the Australian education system.

It is an exceptional film.

For more information see: www.inmyblooditruns.com

The Winner of Best Dramatic Feature was taken out by Australian filmmaker Josephine Mackerras who’s debut feature Alice addressed a host of ethically fraught questions around society’s relationship with prostitution.

After writing the film in English, Ms Mackerras decided she didn’t want to wait any longer for funding, or to deal with the restrictions of the Australian Film Industry. 

Ms Mackerras got the script translated into French, shot the majority of it in her own apartment using her own son and first-time actors - who gave an astounding performance - and delivered a finely tuned debut.

Alice previously took out the SXSW Grand Jury Prize.

To watch an interview with Josephine Mackerras click here.

The Winner of Best Experimental Film was ‘Continuum 01 – South in Self Exile’. The visual and sonic essay drew mixed responses from the audience, leaving very few people unmoved. 

Directed and produced by Byron Bay landscape artist Jack Bailey the film was described by some as, “Mesmerising, like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” whereas a vocal minority caused controversy amongst the otherwise appreciative audience. 

Mr Bailey said, “Poignant to my closing statement regarding the mediocracy of a homogenised society. I am glad through untampered natural imagery I was able to evoke such a primal and guttural reaction.”

The locals award for Best Byron Film went to Angus McDonald for Manus.

This short film shows the plight of refugees who have been detained on Manus Island in PNG by the Australian Government for the past six years.

Byron Bay Film Festival Director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said: “The Byron Film category is awarded to a film that encapsulates the spirit of our region and the strength of our local filmmaking talent. Human rights is an important issue to our community and Angus is an artist who uses his gift well in highlighting these issues.”

Brothers Jack and Peter Thompson also received an award honouring them for their work supporting and boosting the Australian Film Industry.

The announcement of the winners was followed by the Australian Premiere of The Cave - Tom Waller’s dramatisation of the rescue of the Wild Boars football team from Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand.

Mr Waller himself was in attendance to introduce the film saying ”I’m really excited to be showing the film to an Australian audience here at the Byron Bay Film Festival. It was a remarkable story of ordinary people, who became heroes.”

And so, after an action-packed week, including films featuring everything from Shakespearean rifts to species extinction and the odd severed hand… the Byron Bay Film Festival draws to a close tomorrow.

People can still catch a number of films tomorrow including Manus, Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You and Yonlu. Plus, the encore screening at Pighouse Flicks of She is the Ocean at 3:30pm.

 
Full list of the winners:

Best Film - In My Blood It Runs, Maya Newell
Best Dramatic Feature Film - Alice, Josephine Mackerras
Best Short Film – Nero, Jan-David Bolt
Best Documentary Film – In My Blood It Runs, Maya Newell
Best Experimental Film - Continuum 01 - South in South Exile, Jack Bailey
Best Surf Film – She is the Ocean, Inessa Blokhina 
Honourable Mention (Surf Film Category) - Pacifico, Andreas Geipel and Christian Gibson
Best Animation – Hurlevent, Frederick Doazan 
Rob Stewart Environmental Film Award - Kifaru, David Hambridge
Best Cinematography – Kofi and Lartey, Sasha Rainbow
Young Australian Filmmaker of The Year – Appetite, Claudia Bailey 
Best Music Documentary - Out Deh – The Youth of Jamaica, Louis Josek
Best Byron Film - MANUS, Angus McDonald
Best Cinematic VR Experience – The Leap – Inside Architect Dorte Mandrup’s Mind
Best Interactive VR Experience – The Holy City, Occupied VR.
Honourable mention (VR Experience) - Gloomy Eyes, Fernando Maldonado, Jorge Teraso
Best Music Video – Pub Talk, Jake Taylor
Best Screenplay – Fear Sum, James Mayon 
The winner of the Best Screenplay Award, James Mayon, will walk away with a $1500 cash prize.

The winning films really epitomised the essence of the Byron Bay Film Festival. We exist so important films like this can be seen and filmmakers can continue to do their inspiring work.
 

UPDATED: Best coffee in Byron Bay

Looking for the best coffee in Byron Bay? 

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite cafes in Byron’s township, and the results are in. Check out our updated (1 October 2019 - International Coffee Day) list below (in alphabetical order).

Barefoot Roasters

If you take your coffee seriously, head to Barefoot Roasters. Barefoot Roasters specialise in artisan coffee roasting, offering a dynamic range of fresh coffee blends and single-origin coffee for both retail and wholesale customers.

Tucked away in a small laneway in central Byron is the Barefoot Brew Room, where you can sample the best Barefoot’s roasters have to offer.

Bayleaf

Bayleaf has been a favourite spot for coffee in Byron for years. With a bustling atmosphere and hip interior, it’s the perfect spot to escape the heat in summer or cosy up with friends in winter.

Passionate about serving locally sourced, seasonal produce, the team at Bayleaf offer an inventive, ever-changing lunch and breakfast menu alongside their top-notch coffee.

Dip

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, Dip serves up some of the best coffees in town. Using local, organic coffee beans, the skilled baristas at Dip help locals and visitors alike take on the day – even if that means lying on the beach!

The outdoor seats are the ideal place to people-watch as you enjoy your cuppa – you’ll want to sit there for hours.

Espressohead

For more than 15 years, Espressohead has been a local favourite.

Situated across from the courthouse, this tried-and-true cafe and eatery serves up impeccable coffee alongside creative meals. Locally sourced ingredients are always used where possible.

Folk Byron Bay

Soak up the lush garden atmosphere with a fantastic cup of coffee in hand at Folk Byron Bay.

The passionate team behind Folk are committed to quality and community. They serve a delectable range of made-in-house treats, as well as a variety of vegetarian and plant-based meals.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best brunch, burgers, breakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners in Byron Bay and surrounds – according to you.

Byron Bay Film Festival Announces Official Programme, Oct 18-27 2019

13th Byron Bay International Film Festival announces its final selection of 150+ dream-inspiring films from home and abroad.

The 13th Byron Bay International Film Festival, October 18-27, Australia’s independent showcase for cutting-edge films, documentaries and VR experiences, today announced its official programme selection for 2019 to screen across 10 days in a diverse set of venues in Byron Shire and the Tweed.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Cave, a dramatised account of the rescue of the football team trapped underground in Thailand last year, with the factual force of a documentary. Chosen as our Closing Night film, with a special appearance from director Tom Waller at the Festival.  

Around The World, a documentary following Freestyle Footballers from all corners of the world. A window into one of the newest sports in the world, its participants and rapidly growing fanbase. It captures freestyle football as a means to connect people with those around them, finding common joy across cultures without a need for shared language, only a shared love of sport.

Gloomy Eyes is a VR film narrated by Collin Farrell, set at a time when the sun, tired of the humans, decides to never rise again. Australian premiere.

In My Blood It Runs is a quietly powerful Australian film, an up-close study of a gifted, questioning10 year old Aboriginal boy, Dujuan Hoosan, who struggles to fit into the white system and keeps getting into trouble.

A Son of Man. Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film, featuring the real life characters, unscripted and shot purely by drone in the Amazon jungle. Stunning and surreal reality cinema.

Honeyland, the most awarded film in Sundance. Two worlds collide in this dramatic documentary, focusing on the last female beekeeper, whose way of life is disrupted by a new family who adopt beekeeping and yield to market forces. An intimate story highlight our era’s attitude towards the environment.

Out Deh – The Youth of Jamaica portrays the daily struggles of three young Jamaicans searching for a way to create bright futures for themselves. Featuring Shama, a Jamaican pro surfer and Bakersteez, a big name in Jamaican rap.

Live Baby Live sees iconic band INXS’s legendary 1991 Wembley Stadium tour restored. A special screening on the last Saturday of the festival will take the audience back in time to relive rock n roll at its finest.

Click here to see full program

The 22 documentaries, 17 dramatic features, 20 music videos, 78 shorts, 10 films by young Australian filmmakers and a mind-blowing range of over 15 Virtual Reality experiences were chosen from more than 1000 films submitted from all over the world.  

BBFF2019 aims to reflect the ethos and interests of the people of Byron and the Northern Rivers – the environment, surfing, music, art, alternative lifestyles and social and spiritual awareness.

Several works by local filmmakers combine these subjects and ideas – Pacifico, Nordurland, relate the experiences of Australians seeking to shake up their workaday lives by venturing into far-flung regions. Their experiences expand their views of the world.

Films from Tibet, Syria, Jamaica and Ukraine also broaden horizons and sometimes ask uncomfortable questions.

The wild coastal landscapes of Mexico and South America, from the mountains of Chile to the teeming Ecuadorian provide the stunning backdrops to a number of films and one mind-blowing VR experience, while Cuba is a background “performer” in the account of one of its most well-loved sons, Eliades Ochoa formerly the guitarist with the Buena Vista Social Club (Eliades Ochoa, From Cuba to the World) and of another, the dance genius Carlos Acosta in Yuli – a “vibrantly executed and performed piece bound to garner international prestige” (Screen Daily). 
 
Macedonia’s harsh mountain regions, the Kenyan savannah, and the Indian rainforests enhance the stories of a traditional beekeeper (Honeyland), the last male northern white rhino (Kifaru) and fungi in all their infinite variety (Planet Fungi). Byron artist Jack Bailey’s Continuum 01 – South in Self Exile is a mesmerising wordless time-lapse study of elemental nature; another – Poppy Walker – uses drone technology to show us Death Valley, and how a Broadway ballerina realised her dream there (Dust Devil).  
 
Other remarkable individuals intimately portrayed range from the much-loved cartoonist, artist, poet and philosopher Michael Leunig in The Leunig Fragments to newly literate and endearing Korean grannies finding poetry all around them in Granny Poetry Club which “unearths a very unique struggle, a never-before-seen spectacle” (Make the switchAU). 
 
The dramas provide opportunities for even closer examination of the human condition, including two made by Australian women telling stylish, entertaining stories of their oppressed sisters seizing back social and sexual autonomy (Alice – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW – and what Variety described as the bracingly original Judy and Punch).

Elsewhere a girl takes action to improve her family members’ lives (H is for Happiness) and women pursue their passion for the ocean (She Is the Ocean), or skewer zombies with cool courage (Little Monsters). 

Opening Night’s Measure for Measure, owned by a masterful Hugo Weaving as a Melbourne crime boss, is also full of drama, and will provide a high-energy start to the Festival’s 10 days. 

Energy – stimulation – is guaranteed by BBFF’s offering of Australia’s most comprehensive virtual and augmented reality experiences, and a programme of workshops, panels, parties and networking opportunities unparalleled in regional Australia. 

The Festival is a 10-day extravaganza of entertainment, learning and fun. It’s Byron Bay’s most far-reaching, diverse and glamorous cultural event – and everyone is invited.  
 
The 13th Byron Bay Film Festival runs from October 18-27 at the Palace Cinema, the Byron Community Centre, Pighouse Flicks and venues in Brunswick Heads and Murwillumbah.  Further details about films are available at bbff.com.au or on facebook.

Tickets for BBFF2019 – including 6, 10 or 20-ticket flexi-passes, as well as Gift Vouchers for between one and five films – can be booked online at bbff.com.au       
 

2019 Sample Food Festival re-cap

Perfect spring weather for a full day sampling all the food, produce, markets, demos and entertainment at the annual Sample Food Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds early September.

Attendees were spoilt for choice, with top restaurants offering $5 and $10 tasting plates. The 2019 Golden Fork awards went to Koobideh who took out the best $5 tasting plate for their Persian Meatballs and to Federal Doma Cafe who were awarded best $10 tasting plate for their Wood fire grilled lamb spareribs.

"The biggest thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Sample Food Festival such a wonderful day, our chefs creativity and skill, our passionate producers and stallholders, our phenomenal restaurants, our eager and curious guests, our talented artists, our knowledge sharing workshop facilitators, our talented & tireless entertainers, our friendly and diverse visitors, our kind and patient neighbours, our exceptional designers, our hardworking and supportive suppliers, our tireless team, our generous family and our beautiful friends. Thank you for spending your Saturday with us."

Rose Taylor, Sample Food Events

Next year Sample Food Festival is on Saturday September 5th, 2020.

2019 Splendour in the Grass one of the biggest and best yet!

It was all blue skies, big tunes and huge vibes at Splendour in the Grass 2019 as North Byron Parklands played host to a gigantic bill of music, art, craft, food, discussion and debate over three epic days.

Childish Gambino, image Claudia Ciapocha

“What a huge weekend! We want to say thanks to our Splendour Community for their ongoing enthusiasm and love for the event. We also want to say a massive thanks to Hilltop Hoods and their whole team for heading to Byron at such short notice and turning the Amphitheatre into a huge sing-a-long on Sunday night. It’s the crowd that makes Splendour so special so big love to you all! We’ll see you in 2020 for our 20th anniversary!”

- Splendour co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco

The festival site is always fun to explore, interact with, watch and listen... with plenty of tasty food and drinks to try. My pick for the performance of the 2019 Splendour goes to Childish Gambino - a full amphitheatre loving every minute of it.

I'm already looking forward to what will be in store for us next year when Splendour celebrates it's 20th anniversary in 2020! 

Wolfmother, image Charly Hardy

 

Foals, image Ian Laidlaw

 

Courtney Barnett, image Charlie Hardy

 

Sunday sunset, image Claudia Ciapocha

 

What So Not, image Mitchell Lowe

2019 BYRON BAY GUITAR FESTIVAL LINE UP

FRENZAL RHOMB + HARTS + THE DELTA RIGGS + NATHAN CAVALERI + CHRIS TAMWOY and more!!!

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on​ Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2019​ at the Byron Bay Brewery​ for its third year.

Headlining is Aussie punk-rock royalty Frenzal Rhomb, guitar hero protege ​Harts, and The Delta Riggs who will have their much anticipated third album​ released in September.

Byron Bay Brewery will be turned into a guitarists heaven with performances and seminars by Torres Strait’s ‘Magic Fingers,’ Chris Tamwoy,​ industry legend​ Peter Northcote, bluesman​ Claude Hay​and Australian guitar icon Nathan Cavaleri​ who makes his return to the stage on the back of his​ Demons album tour.

There is something for all music lovers from soul and funk band​ The Soul Movers, international supergroup -​ The Sidemen,​ as well as local favorites​ Marshall O’Kell & The Fro, Minnie Marks​ and many more! Sunday will kick off with​ Bunny Racket for the little rockers and scheduled is a long list of family activities, hosted by Murray Cook (The Soul Movers/The Wiggles).

Produced by​ Byron Music, the event features 25+ live performances on two stages, as well as a ​Guitar Market showcasing some amazing instruments and craftsmanship from the world’s favourite manufacturers and Australia’s finest luthiers. There will be ​workshops and seminars presented by artists and manufacturers on both days.

Festival Director​ Nick Sergi says “The guitar is alive and well! We are celebrating an instrument that has truly revolutionsed music for over a century! In the digital age of music, we are still seeing the guitar as the principle songwriting tool for a new generation of artists. This year we are returning bigger and better again, with a diverse lineup that recognises both the legends and the new wave of guitar heroes.”

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival has been successful in bringing to the local community an accessible event embraced by artist and audience alike. In the past the festival has presented acts including the late great Phil Emmanuel, Ash Grunwald, British India, Kevin Borich, Dallas Frasca, Hussy Hicks ​and has had a strong emphasis in recognising and showcasing emerging talent as Tash Wolf and Taj Farrant.
 
Byron Bay Guitar Festival is an all ages event, and supports the charity Be Happy ​Music Club​. 

Full 2019 line up:
Frenzal Rhomb | Harts | The Delta Riggs | Nathan Cavaleri | Chris Tamwoy | The Soul Movers | The Sidemen | Marshall O’Kell & The Fro | Claude Hay | Creek | Stoker | Minnie Marks | The Fergies | Peter Northcote | Majelen | Nicole Brophy | Brave Gulf | Fergo & The Burden | Sarah Koppen | Bart Stenhouse | Soren Carlbergg Blues Band | Ben Jansz | ​Bunny Racket |​ special guest Murray Cook

General festival and Ticketing info:

The 3rd​ Annual Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Dates: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019 
Venue: Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay
Tickets at: ​https://www.byronbayguitarfestival.com/ On sale: Tuesday 3 July 2018 (10am)
Early bird tickets are $50 for one day or $90 for two days + BF - limited allocation. Children under 12 - $5 on (Sunday only with adult).
Saturday all ticket holders at full admission prices.
Tickets ON SALE NOW and available at www.byronbayguitarfestival.com
 

Sample Food Festival 2019 restaurant line-up

Today we reveal the list of restaurants ready to tantalise your tastebuds at the Ninth Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 7th September at the Bangalow Showground. 

The 2019 line-up of restaurants include a hand-picked selection of 27 of our region's best, varying from award-winning and fine-dining establishments who focus on seasonal produce and menus inspired by the Northern Rivers, to inventive restaurants, chefs and caterers influenced by global flavours. 

There will also be a great selection of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we will also have a dedicated vegan market, full of plant-based delights!

With 27 of our region's best restaurants, chefs and caterers attending the festival this year, who will win the best $10 and $5 tasting plate?! 

  • Harvest Newrybar
  • Raes on Wategos
  • La Casita
  • Bang Bang Byron Bay
  • Shelter
  • Barrio
  • Scratch Patisserie
  • Macadamia Castle
  • Quattro / Olive & Luca Catering
  • Eltham Valley Pantry & Barefoot Farm Byron
  • Safya Byron Bay
  • Ilias The Greek
  • Paella Time
  • Shoza Gyoza
  • Butcher Baker
  • No Bones
  • Yulli's Byron Bay
  • Dirty Little Herbivore
  • Koobideh
  • The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
  • Luscious Foods
  • Salumi
  • Nimbin Valley Cheese
  • A Chef’s Pocket
  • The Northern
  • Fish Mongers
  • Federal Doma Cafe and Bellingen Qudo Cafe & Sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Sample Food Festival 
Saturday, September 7, 8 AM – 4 PM
Bangalow Showgrounds, $5 entry

Byron Bay’s markets to be temporarily relocated

Byron Bay’s popular monthly community market and the weekly farmers market are to be temporarily relocated for six months while the Byron bypass is being constructed.

Byron Community markets move to the beachfront from 4 August 2019.

Byron Farmers markets move to the Cavanbah Centre starting 11 July 2019.

Locals and visitors who love the markets are urged to continue the great tradition of their monthly poke around artisan stalls or doing their weekly shop and buying amazing produce.

“Our markets are great cultural icons of our community and amazing economic incubators and all Councillors are strong supporters of the markets and the fabulous  businesses that trade there,” Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said.

The operators of both markets have been working closely with Council for months, trying to find alternative sites for the markets.

“Staff and market operators have gone through an exhaustive process to find temporary sites, on either Council-managed or private land, that will accommodate stall holders and visitors and the beachfront and Cavanbah Centre are seen to be the most viable venues available,” Mayor Richardson said.

“Certainly there are constraints with the beachfront location for the community market with traffic a key consideration and this is one thing we will be monitoring closely.

“Similarly there are aspects of the Cavanbah Centre that aren’t perfect for the farmers market including the move away from the town centre.

“But when you balance the constraints with cancellation of the markets for six months this is the best option.

“Market stalls are businesses providing regular incomes for people and families, many of them locals, and to cancel the markets would have a huge impact on their livelihoods.

“Change is difficult for people but this is only short-term so I am hoping that local residents and regular market goers will make a conscious decision to continue to support the markets, and the stall holders, as they have done for years,” Mayor Richardson said.

”Keep supporting, keep loving our markets and keep the tradition of a great experience alive,” he said.

The markets will move back to the Butler Street Reserve in February 2020.

Byron Writers Festival 2019 Full Program announcement

Three days with story creators and idea makers at Australia's largest regional literary event.

Byron Writers Festival 2019 (2-4 August) has revealed a powerful and inspiring program featuring more than 140 Australian and international speakers spanning fiction, memoir, crime, environment, society, politics, poetry, art, comedy and music. Festival audiences can enjoy more than 120 different sessions over three days at Elements of Byron Resort as well as writers’ workshops, a program for children and satellite events in venues across the Northern Rivers region. 

 

“Now more than ever our world needs writers, environmentalists, poets, commentators, politicians and artists who together can shape stories of hope, courage and change,” says Festival Director Edwina Johnson. “Now in its 23rd year, Byron Writers Festival embraces audiences and authors from far and wide for three unforgettable days that celebrate the power of words and storytelling, creating lasting memories for all who attend.”
 
Fiction
Fiction lovers will be delighted with a line-up that includes celebrated writers Markus Zusak (Bridge of Clay), Gail Jones (The Death of Noah Glass), Toni Jordan (The Fragments) and Jock Serong (Preservation). The impressive roll-call of award-winning novelists continues with Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip), Dominic Smith (The Electric Hotel), Tony Birch (The White Girl ) and Tara June Winch (The Yield). Master crime writer Michael Robotham and one of Australia’s most successful authors Di Morrissey will also feature in conversations with ABC TV’s Jennifer Byrne.
 
International Guests
International guests include former anti-mafia prosecutor and one of Italy’s best-selling crime authors Gianrico Carofiglio, PEN international president and Gun Love author Jennifer Clement, former LA Times war correspondent and author of Women’s Work  Megan K. StackNew York Times best-selling author of Pachinko Min Jin Leeand Indian poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi. Kurdish-Iranian refugee and award-winning author of No Friend But The Mountains Behrouz Boochani will appear via live stream from Manus Island where he has been detained since 2013. 
 
Revered UK academic and philosopher A.C. Grayling will deliver the annual Thea Astley Address on the The Crisis of Democracy. UK scientist Julia Shaw will unlock the intricacies of criminal psychology with Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side, US writer and musician Claire L. Evans will reveal an untold tale of women who made the internet with Broad Band and one of the world’s foremost experts on forest fires Stephen Pyne will share his vast knowledge of fire and environmental history.
 
Politics and Commentary
Former Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd (The PM Years) headlines a notable line-up of politicians that includes Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young (En Garde), former Greens senator Scott Ludlam and former leader of the Australian Democrats and founding chair of Our Watch Natasha Stott Despoja (On Violence).
 
Writers and revered commentators Stan Grant (Australia Day and On Identity), Kerry O’Brien (Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir), Peter Greste (The First Casualty) and Leigh Sales (Any Ordinary Day) will unpack the politics of the day as well as discuss their own books. 
 
True Stories
The 2019 Festival will enthral audiences with inspiring real-life stories from former World Vision CEO Tim Costello (A Lot with a Little), Roman Quaedvlieg whose explosive memoir Tour de Force outlines his journey from street cop to Australian Border Force chief, Vicki Laveau-Harvie whose blackly funny memoir of a dysfunctional family The Erractics won the 2019 Stella Prize and Caro Llewellyn with her powerful story of a world shattered and a life remade (Diving Into Glass). 
 
Carly Findlay (Say Hello) will challenge assumptions about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance and Phil Brown (The Kowloon Kid) and Andrew Stafford (Something To Believe In) will reveal how music has shaped their lives. Award-winning investigative journalists Kate McClymont (Dead Man Walking) and Matthew Condon (The Night Dragon) will thrill with tales of betrayal and corruption in the crime underworld.  
 
Social Issues
Clementine Ford (Boys Will Be Boys), Ginger Gorman (Troll Hunting), John Marsden (The Art of Growing Up), Gabbie Stroud (Teacher), David Gillespie (Teen Brain), Ranjana Srivastava (A Better Death) and Benjamin Law (Growing Up Queer in Australia) will lead important conversations about the issues we face in contemporary life. The ABC’s Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski and journalist Tracey Spicer are among the many popular presenters on hand to expertly host inspiring and compelling conversations with Festival guests.


Environment & Science
Leading writer on climate change, palaeontologist and conservationist Tim Flannery will discuss the first 100 million years of European history. Bruce Pascoe (Young Dark Emu), Alice Gorman (Dr Space Junk vs The Universe) and filmmaker Damon Gameau (2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration) will consider environmental solutions. The Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans will bring gastronomic passion and forensic research to the question of how to be an ethical carnivore while Sophie CunninghamHarry Sadler and Lisa-ann Gershwin and will talk trees, birds and jellyfish. At the angular end of the Festival the wonderful Eddie Woo will crunch numbers with Adam Spencer in a session called Amazing Mathematics.
 
Art, Comedy, TV and Music
Celebrated Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens will join Bundjalung artist and writer Bronwyn Bancroft to share stories embedded in landscape. Comedians Hung Le (The Crappiest Refugee) and Mandy Nolan (Women Like Us) will ponder whether everything is up for grabs in comedy and Lambs of God author Marele Day will trace the book’s journey from the page to a major television series about to screen on Foxtel.
 
Byron Bay’s love affair with surfing and music combine with bluesman Ash Grunwald discussing his first book Surf by Day, Jam by Night – a collection of candid interviews he did with15 of the world’s top surfer–musicians including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Johnson. On Sunday audiences will then get to raise their own voices in communal song with Shire Choir, a rousing Festival closer. 
 
Kids and Families
On Sunday, the Kids Big Day Out program is full of fun and creativity guaranteed to ignite the imaginations of children and young readers. On hand to entertain and delight are author and illustrator Alison LesterTony FlowersMorris GleitzmanJohn FlanaganMaxine Beneba ClarkeZoe and Georgia Norton Lodge and Isobelle Carmody among many others.
 
Satellite Events
The Festival has partnered with venues throughout the region to present an exciting range of Satellite Events including a literary breakfast with Clementine Ford at Harvest Newrybar, a performance with Ailsa Piper at Lismore Regional Gallery, conversations with Dominic Smith at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tim Costello at The Byron at Byron and Matthew Evans at the Beach Hotel, as well as the Byron heat of The Australian Poetry Slam at Byron Library.
 
Sunday Locals Tickets
Residents of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas can access special $80 Sunday Locals Tickets, supported by Stone & Wood. Purchasers will need to present proof of address and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. Sunday Locals Tickets are a limited offer and will be available until sold out. Regular priced 3-Day and 1-Day Passes are also available.
 
Byron Writers Festival 2019 takes place 2-4 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron Resort. For the full program and tickets visit www.byronwritersfestival.com/festival.
 

Byron Writers Festival 2019
Festival Dates: 2-4 August 2019
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2019 Writers and Presenters

Nicole Abadee, Sarah Armstrong, Amal Awad, Sunil Badami, Bronwyn Bancroft, Paul Barclay, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tony Birch, John Birmingham, Jesse Blackadder, Paul Bongiorno, Behrouz Boochani, Phil Brown, Jennifer Byrne, Barbara Carmichael, Isobelle Carmody, Gianrico Carofiglio, Gabrielle Chan, Melanie Cheng, Jennifer Clement, Matthew Condon, Maddison Connaughton, Tim Costello, Sophie Cunningham, Marele Day, Karla Dickens, Tishani Doshi, Jill Eddington, Sara El Sayed, Russell Eldridge, Claire L. Evans, Matthew Evans, Richard Fidler, Carly Findlay, John Flanagan, Tim Flannery, Tony Flowers, Clementine Ford, Karen Foxlee, Antony Funnell, Damon Gameau, Simi Genzuik, Lisa-ann Gershwin, David Gillespie, Morris Gleitzman, Alice Gorman, Ginger Gorman, Stan Grant, A.C. Grayling, Peter Greste, Ash Grunwald, Chris Hanley, Sarah Hanson-Young, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Jess Hill, Chloe Hooper, Shep Huntly, Daniel James, Zacharey Jane, Erik Jensen, Gail Jones, Toni Jordan, Sarah Kanowski, Samia Khatun, Sarah Lambert, Christina Larmer, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Benjamin Law, Hung Le, Angela Ledgerwood, Debbie Lee, Min Jin Lee, David Leser, Alison Lester, S.L. Lim, Caro Llewellyn, Zanni Louise, Melissa Lucashenko, Scott Ludlam, William MacNeil, Alex Mankiewicz, John Marsden, Kate McClymont, Phillipa McGuinness, Miles Merrill, Karen Middleton, Rosemarie Milsom, Evelyn Ida Morris, Di Morrissey, Rick Morton, Sisonke Msimang, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Joanna Nell, Mandy Nolan, Georgia Norton Lodge, Zoë Norton Lodge, Patrick Nunn, Kerry O'Brien, Kristina Olsson, Mick O'Regan, Bruce Pascoe, Mark Pesce, Ailsa Piper, Helen Pitt, Stephen Pyne, Roman Quaedvlieg, Hannie Rayson, Michael Robotham, Kevin Rudd, Harry Saddler, Omar Sakr, Leigh Sales, Margot Saville, Julianne Schultz, Nathan Scolaro, Jock Serong, Julia Shaw, Joanne Shoebridge, Adam Shoemaker, Dominic Smith, Jeff Sparrow, Adam Spencer, Tracey Spicer, Ranjana Srivastava, Megan K. Stack, Andrew Stafford, David Stavanger, Jason Stephens, Natasha Stott Despoja, Gabbie Stroud, Adam Suckling, Mark Swivel, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Omid Tofighian, Barbara Toner, Kate Veitch, Michael Veitch, Don Watson, Peter Watt, Jessica White, Debbie Whitmont, Michael Williams, Geordie Williamson, Tara June Winch, Eddie Woo, Clare Wright, Nevo Zisin, Markus Zusak.

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