It promised a welcome break from Melbourne's wet squalls. And honoured its promise: on the day I arrived. Minutes after my shuttle bus stopped in Byron, I picked up boardshorts and sunglasses, and headed to the gorgeous beach. Then tortured locals and tourists alike with my white glare.
|Follow me round perdition's flames: white whale and sea|
|Bibliophiles immersing themselves in literature|
|Wednesday night fever: Primary School Days|
|Five hundred students, two authors, one book: My Sister is a Superhero|
On Friday I spoke on the "Writing for Kids" panel with Anna Fienberg and Nick Earls, chaired by the lovely Ashley Hay. We spoke about the ties between reading and writing, the value of reading aloud, and much more. Fascinating to hear about the origins of these hugely popular tales from Anna and Nick.
|Grown-up kids, AKA children's authors: Ashley Hay, DY, Anna Fienberg, Nick Earls|
|Werewolves of Byron|
|The (Relatively) Famous Five; Geordie Williamson, Catherine Keenan, Charlotte Nash, DY|
|A truly pedestrian panel: John Faulkner, Ailsa Piper, DY, Ashley Hay|
|Not born in a tent, but comfortable in one: The Big Kids Day Out|
|Creating sacred spaces, then filling them with talk: Janet Hawley, Peter Stuchbury, Wendy Whiteley, DY|
|A glimpse of the sublime: Byron Bay beach at dusk|
Thank you to the very welcoming Byron Bay Writers Festival staff and volunteers, with special thanks to Edwina Johnson, Sarah Ma, Cherrie Sheldrick and Coralie Tapper.