Kate Tempest is an award-winning poet (her epic poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013) and rapper nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2014. A storyteller of extraordinary power and humanity, she is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting and distinctive voices of her generation.
Her debut novel, The Bricks that Built the Houses, explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us intimate stories of hidden lives, and showing us that good intentions don’t always lead to the right decisions. Taking us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people, their families and their communities, Tempest exposes moments of beauty, disappointment, ambition and failure and questions how we live with and love one another. She talks about her novel and her work with Anneli Knight.
When: Tuesday 24 May, 6pm – 7.30pm, Byron Theatre 69 Jonson St Byron Bay.
Byron Writers Festival joins Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Live and Local program, the digital live-streaming project, going national in 2016. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the guest authors in Sydney via a live feed. Be a part of the audience right here in the heart of Byron Bay. Live and Local – Byron Bay Program includes;
Hear one of Australia’s most widely respected authors, social researcher Hugh Mackay talk about his new book, Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion.
At a time when around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’ but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly, Mackay tackles one of the big questions about contemporary Australia: how do we find our sense of meaning and purpose when religious faith and practice are in such sharp decline? (And why are enrolments at church schools skyrocketing?)
He draws on research suggesting that our quest for a meaningful life depends on believing in something 'greater than ourselves' and explores what that 'something' might be for today's Australians.
Hugh will be talking at Byron Bay on Monday 30 May. There will be an opportunity to purchase his new book and have it signed.
When: Monday 30 May, 6pm – 7.30pm, Byron Theatre 69 Jonson St Byron Bay.
Byron Writers Festival is partnering with innovative publishing company Captain Honey to provide a venue at the 2016 Festival exclusively for self-published authors. Having debuted at the 2015 Festival, this year the Self-Published Marquee will feature 28 authors in a bigger space across all three days of the event (vs. two days last year).
The marquee will be an opportunity for self-published authors to showcase and sell their books, share their experiences and insights into the process with the public, and meet other self-published authors.
Applications open on 13 June and close on 21 June. An e-bulletin will be sent by the Byron Writers Festival to notify members when applications open. If selected, information on the steps to complete the application process will be emailed to applicants by 30 June. This final stage needs to be completed and the fee paid by 5 July.
For guidelines and further information please refer to the Guideline PDF
Bronnie Ware is an Australian author, an international speaker, and a songwriter. Her bestselling first book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, touched hearts all over the world, with publications in 28 languages.
When: Tuesday, 21 June 5.30pm-7pm
Where: Byron Bay Library, Middleton St & Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Cost: Free for NRWC Members or $10 non-members
Book: via website: byronbaywritersfestival.com
When Bronnie Ware began her blog, Inspiration and Chai, in 2009, she had just finished years of caring for dying people. Bronnie’s second article, Regrets of the Dying, went on to be viewed by more than three million people in its first year.
Bronnie is now an author, international speaker, and songwriter as well as a late-in-life mother, a master of balance, conscious choice, saying no, and regret-free living. Her bestselling first book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, touched hearts all over the world, with publications in 28 languages. Bronnie’s next book, Your Year for Change, is also in several translations. Bronnie has released two albums of original songs and her third book, Bloom, is nearing completion. Her life is now also becoming a movie, with the film rights to The Top Five Regrets of the Dying having recently been optioned.