Feature Events


Gyan and friends. 
Gyan, the eternally splendid artist has crafted a fascinating career, gliding down the creative currents of international rock/pop idol-dom (when hair was bigger), to the film soundtracks of P J Hogan’s Mental, and Drift and recently collaborating with the Sultan of Whimsy, Michael Leunig to create Billy the Rabbit, a mesmerizing dance through our theatres with text, drawing and music. In short, Gyan seems creatively tethered by nothing, anchored by none. Bear In Mind is a testament to this creative pinball.

Is it really possible to be totally original? …intensely beautiful, emotionally honest, sensitive and seductive. – Bruce Elder SMH

locationCommunity Centre Theatre Jonson Street, Byron Bay
date and time8.00pm (Thursday 1 August) ticket price$25

Life Surfing Life Dancing

Associate Professor Grant Blashki, Dr Sarah Edelman, Professor Kathy Griffiths, Dr Catriona Ooi, Professor Tim Sharp, and Professor Andrew Sinclair.

Welcome to Life Surfing Life Dancing. How do you dance on a surfboard? And what could it have to do with wellbeing and living a healthy happy life? The title of this book is referring to a sense of movement, the momentum that a surfer gets when launching him or herself on a wave, or the balance and flow of the dancer when swaying to the beat of the music. Living well and achieving wellbeing is a similar process of finding such balance, of discovering one’s own rhythm, and focusing one’s energy on the important things in life. Life Surfing Life Dancing brings together some inspirational writers to discuss their views on wellbeing, based not only on their clinical and research roles, but also their life experiences. 
Attend this free and informative public forum: all who attend will receive a complementary copy of the book.

location Lakehouse, North Byron Events Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
date and time4.00pm-5.00pm (Friday 2 August) ticket priceFREE


MC: Sally Warhaft, Roadie: Benjamin Law and a host of the BBWF writers.
Join MC Sally Warhaft as some of your favourite Australian authors battle it out in an evening of trivia and laughs, celebrating the writing of Australian women, past and present. There’ll be many opportunities to show off your prodigious store of manuscript minutiae. It’s like RocKwiz, but with books! So gather your literature-loving friends and head to The Brewery.
Beverages and food for purchase. The Brewery is a five minute drive from town centre.

locationByron Bay Brewery, Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay
date and time8.00pm (Friday 2 August) ticket price$20


8.00PM Byron Community Centre Theatre, Jonson Street, Byron Bay

By The Hayloft Project and Critical Stages  


Delectable Shelter is a laugh-out-loud funny, no-holds-barred portrait of western society, facing the end of the world as they know it. In a bunker deep under the Earth’s surface, the last five humans left alive sip wine and set up house. A wealthy family and a mysterious scientist, their job is to ensure the human race survives for the next 350 years before it is safe to return above ground. As they plan a utopian future, they struggle with first-world problems, white elitism, and a bizarre but necessary breeding program. Their hilarious situation contrasts with the darkness of the underground; and is all mixed up with an extraordinary choir belting out 1980’s love ballads.
With Andrew Broadbent, Brendan Hawke, Jolyon James, Simone Page Jones & Yesse Spence
Written and Directed by Benedict Hardie
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 90 minutes, no interval WARNING: Performance contains coarse language, adult themes, sexual references, smoking & 80s music  
Performances: Friday 2nd August 8PM, Saturday 3rd August 2PM, Sunday 4th August 5PM

locationByron Community Centre Theatre, Jonson Street, Byron Bay 
date and time8.00pm (Friday 2 August) ticket price$30/$25 concession Tickets from Byron Community Centre

Australian Slam Champions on Heat

MC: Miles Merrill With CJ Bowerbird, Kelly-lee Hickey, Luka Lesson and!
It’s the Australian Slam Champion, Byron heat. With just two minutes each, local spoken-wordsmiths ignite the audience with poetry, hip hip, monologues, stories...whatever they can do with mind, mouth and mic. Judges are chosen from the audience. Top two scorers head to a NSW Final in Sydney. Hosted by Miles Merrill. With special guests Australian Slam Champions, CJ Bowerbird, Kelly-lee Hickey and Luka Lesson. For those wanting to participate simply turn up at 4.30pm, ready to roar. Win this heat and you’re on your way to Sydney to compete in the state final. The ultimate Australian champion tours a circuit that includes the China Bookworm International Literary Festival, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. This slam is co-presented by Word Travels and the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. Come on, give it your all: we want to hear your voice. All work presented must be of your own composition, written within the last twelve months. Fresh! For further rules and context, visit Two minutes that could change your life!

locationByron Bay Library, Lawson Street, Byron Bay
date and time5.00pm (Saturday 3 August) ticket priceFree, but booking recommended

The Essential Leunig

Michael Leunig with Simon Marnie.
Michael Leunig is Australia’s most loved poet, cartoonist, writer and social commentator. Take this opportunity to delve deeper in this highly interactive conversation, led by the ABC broadcaster Simon Marnie. Celebrate the career that has spanned four decades and the vision of the man who holds a whimsical mirror to society. Lennox Head is a twenty minute drive from Byron Bay.

locationLennox Head Cultural & Community Centre Cnr Mackney & Park Lanes, Lennox Head
date and time7.00pm  (Saturday 3 August) ticket priceSOLD OUT

The Madness in the Method

Peter Carey
Join the world renowned, twice Booker Prize winning author as he reveals the creation of his latest and masterly work of literary fiction, The Chemistry of Tears. Peter incorporates a beautiful audio visual display in his telling and this is a rare opportunity to meet an Australian literary icon in a relaxed and accessible environment. Peter Carey is in Australia exclusively for the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. 

locationByron Community Centre theatre, Jonson St Byron Bay
date and time5.30pm (Saturday 3 August) ticket price$30

If My Mum’s Sitting Near You, Block Her Ears

Catherine Deveny, Tom Doig, Justin Heazlewood, Judith Lucy, Denise Scott. MC Mick O’Regan.
Two hours of power comedy and startling insights and revelations from five writer/performers at the top of their game, and those are heady heights indeed! Not for the faint hearted, shrinking violets stay away. It’s not just what they say, it’s the way they say it. Just don’t tell their mothers... 

locationByron Community Centre Theatre, Jonson St Byron Bay
date and time8.00pm  (Saturday 3 August)

ticket priceSOLD OUT