Writers Festival Opens in Spite of Storm Damage


A herculean clean up effort from staff and volunteers averted disaster for Byron Writers Festival and meant they could open the gates on schedule at 8.30 on Friday.

Wednesday night’s storms ripped up marquees, left chairs strewn over the site and flooded some areas. Founder and Chair Chris Hanley commented: “Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers and staff we have been able to continue as planned and we ask for patrons to be patient.”

Day 1 had festival goers inspired by autobiographical writers; David Burton, Magda Szubanski and Rosie Waterland who have overcome intensely difficult family situations growing up. Through their writing they are helping to break down the barriers for others in similar situations.

Indian Women Tell Their stories was another session that had the audience captivated where these wonderful women described their experiences in their cultures where women struggle for basic human rights and acceptance.

Gumboots are the necessary fashion of the weekend and showers did not dampen the audience’s spirits. When more persistent showers hit, the microphones were simply turned up.

There are still tickets available for Saturday and Sunday sessions, go to: www.byronwritersfestival.com.

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