The famous Byron Writers Festival is coming to Bangalow. It is to be held this year at the Bangalow Showground and A&I Hall from 11-13 August.

The Festival has been running since 1997 when founded by Chris Hanley. It has attracted writers from all over Australia and brings thousands of audience participants.

For many years it has been held at the Elements resort site at Sunrise Beach. Due to Elements now being unavailable, the team at the Byron Writers Festival approached the Bangalow Park Trust, the operators of the Bangalow Showground, who readily agreed hosting the festival in Bangalow.

The festival’s Artistic Director, Zoe Pollock, says “We are excited to be presenting the 2023 festival at the Bangalow Showgrounds, a picturesque heritage site nestled in the heart of the township of Bangalow that is home to a vibrant and creative community. The festival will also be making use of several indoor venues within the precinct, including the Moller Pavilion and the iconic A&I Hall. The team and I are very much looking forward to bringing the site to life and creating a playground of literary delights for audiences, so stay tuned as we share more details over the coming months.”

Key Dates

  • March 29 – Extra Early Bird 3-Day Passes on sale
  • June 14 – Early Bird 3-Day Passes on sale, first guest announcement
  • June 22 –  Sunday Locals’ Passes on sale
  • June 28 – Full program announced – all tickets on sale
  • August 11–13 Festival Weekend

For more details visit

Murray Hand