Benjamin Law

benjamin law Benjamin Law is the author of Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and The Family Law.
He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine and his work has also appeared in The Monthly, the Good Weekend, the Big Issue, the Courier-Mail, Growing Up Asian in Australia and The Best Australian Essays.
He lives in Brisbane.


Wednesday 31 July  1:30 -4:30pm  WORKSHOP 

Friday 2 August 8:00 pm THE BREWERY

Saturday 3 August  10:15 - 11:15am  SCU MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  1:15 - 2:30pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  LAUNCHPAD

Luka Lesson

luka lesson1Luka Lesson is a Greek-Australian writer cut from a different cloth. With an original and yet instantly classic style Luka’s work touches people from all walks of life, holding a humanity simultaneously intricate and eternal. Since exploding onto the scene in 2010, Luka has constantly influenced those who witness his work to pick up a pen again, or endeavour to write for the first time. A winner of Slams, including the Australian Poetry Slam final & Melbourne Poetry Festival final, and a songwriter from way back, Luka spent 2012 touring writers’ festivals and independent venues throughout Australia, Asia, Oceania and North America.
Luka Lesson is both a Hip-hop artist and performance poet and is one of those rare talents that can successfully traverse the complex landscape of both traditions. His latest album Please Resist Me is a powerful combination of the two: 17 tracks of love, social change, ancestral pathways and internal ruminations.
Beyond his own body of work Luka is also committed to standing with communities of all backgrounds to establish a connection between social issues, poetry and self-empowerment. His experience in working as a workshop facilitator with both hip-hop and poetry is almost unparalleled and includes university appearances in China, teaching students in The Bronx (USA), Indigenous programs in Australia and a residency at Melbourne’s premier private secondary institution, Xavier College, in Melbourne.


Friday 2 August  2:00 - 3:15 pm  SCU MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  5:00 pm  BYRON BAY LIBRARY

Sunday 4 August  11:45am - 1:00 pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  4:00 - 5:00 pm  SCU MARQUEE

Michael Leunig

michael leunig2Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.  
His newspaper work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian - producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.


Friday 2 August  10:30 - 11:30am  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  7:00pm  LENNOX HEAD COMMUNITY HALL

Sunday 4 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Tanya Levin

tanya levinTanya Levin is the author of Crimwife: An Insider’s Account of Love Behind Bars and People in Glass Houses: An Insider's Story Of A Life In & Out Of Hillsong. People in Glass Houses was shortlisted for the 2007 Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award.


Friday 2 August  3:30 - 5:00pm  SCU MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  12:00 - 1:00pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Charles Lewis

charles lewisA bestselling author and national investigative journalist for the past 30 years, Charles Lewis is the founder of the Center For Public Integrity and several other non-profit organisations. He left a successful career as an investigative producer for ABC News and the CBS News program 60 Minutes and began the Center from his home, growing it to a fulltime staff of 40 people. Under his leadership, the non-partisan Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, and was honored more than 30 times by national journalism organisations.
His fifth and last co-authored book with Center staff, The Buying of the President 2004 (HarperCollins/Perennial) was a New York Times bestseller.
In 1996, the New Yorker called the Center for Public Integrity “the center for campaign scoops.” In late 1997, he began the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists - the world’s first working network now consisting of 160 premier reporters in 60 countries producing content across borders. Today he is a tenured professor of journalism.


Friday 2 August  7:00 pm  FISHHEADS

Saturday 3 August  11:30 - 12:30 pm  SCU MARQUEE

Melissa Lucashenko

lucashenko_webMelissa Lucashenko Lucashenko is an award-winning Aboriginal novelist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation.
Her writing explores the stories of ordinary Australians with particular reference to Aboriginal people and those living on the margins of the First World.
Melissa’s latest novel is Mullumbimby, (UQP) a contemporary tale of romantic love and cultural warfare set in a remote NSW valley.
Her website can be found at


Friday 2 August  10:45 - 11:45am  FEROS MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  9:30 - 10:30am  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  2:45 - 3:45pm  SCU MARQUEE


Judith Lucy

judith lucyJudith Lucy has been at the forefront of the Australian comedy scene since she burst onto the stage in 1989. The public got to know her on The Late Show on ABC-TV in 1993 and through her ground breaking solo show, King Of The Road in 1995.
She has starred in films, Crackerjack and Bad Eggs, spent some ill fated time on commercial radio and finally got her own TV series when ABC1 premiered Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey in 2011.
Judith continues to tour her live shows all over the world, including a season in London's West End this year.
Her first book, The Lucy Family Alphabet did well - hence this new one, Drink Smoke Pass out.
Judith lives in Melbourne.


Saturday 3 August  1:15 - 2:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  8:00 pm  BYRON BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE

Hanabeth Luke

hanabeth luke2Hanabeth was born to British surfing parents who set in play a pendulum swing of annual migration following the summers between her Cornish village and Byron Bay, and always via the tropical paradise of Bali.
Her perspective of the world was challenged when she was caught up in the Bali bomb blast of 2002 whilst dancing in the Sari Club. Her partner Marc Gajardo was killed instantly and she escaped with barely a scratch, but she went back in. Unbeknown to her a photograph was taken as she led 17 year old Tom Singer away from the fires. This photo became an iconic image of the bombing. As she sought to try to understand why anyone could hold such hatred to cause devastation to young and innocent lives, she found herself campaigning for peace in the lead up to the Iraq war, pleading with world leaders to seek peaceful solutions to global issues. Last year she published her first book, Shock Waves, finding peace after the Bali bomb. This honest, heartbreaking yet inspiring account of events was published to commemorate the ten year anniversary.
She is now based in Byron Bay, teaching at Southern Cross University whilst carrying out research for her PhD on social responses to the coal seam gas industry.


Friday 2 August  9:15 - 10:15am  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Friday 2 August  1:45 - 2:45pm  BLUE MARQUEE