Thank you Byron Bay for the most wonderful festival. Beautiful accomodation at Elements of Byron. Brilliant festival team and festival venue. Awesome audiences! It was my first time at Byron Bay Writer’s Festival and it was the final in the book tour for Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here that began in December 2022! It’s been a huge year and I am so grateful for everyone I met along the way. It’s been wonderful to connect, to share events, to meet other authors and hear so many extraordinary stories from the lives of readers.
I was delighted to be in conversation with Jill Eddington, to share a panel with Marele Day and Briohny Doyle talking memoir and auto-fiction, to discuss memoir with Kerry Sunderland and to interview Gail Jones. Gail’s new novel Salonika Burning is highly recommended. I also had the pleasure of teaching a workshop on Imagination to a group of wonderful students. Thank you everyone at Byron Bay Writers Festival for a warm, delicious, generous and utterly memorable time. I even got to turn 59!