**CANCELLED** Australian Poetry Slam – Byron Heat presented by Byron Writers Festival


Australian Poetry Slam - Byron Heat presented by Byron Writers Festival at Byron Theatre

“Dear Festival supporters,

Regrettably and with a heavy heart we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Byron Writers Festival 2021, which was scheduled to run from 6-8 August.

We have been following Covid developments in Greater Sydney and nationally very closely over the last few days. As positive cases continue to emerge and borders are closed to NSW, it has become clear that the current restrictions will push too close to the Festival to make it feasible to proceed in early August. Especially given a large portion of participating writers are located in either Greater Sydney or interstate and are subject to travel restrictions. In addition, of course, is growing community hesitancy to travel in such volatile circumstances.

Our primary and abiding concern is, as ever, the health of everyone involved in the Festival – presenters, attendees, volunteers, staff and of course the safety of the wider Northern Rivers community.

We are devastated and we’re sure everyone associated with the Festival will also feel the disappointment and loss that comes with a second year of cancellation. We will continue to watch developments and consider all viable options for future programming but for now, we believe that cancellation is the only responsible course of action.

If you have bought a ticket to Byron Writers Festival 2021, you will automatically receive a refund within the next 14 days. There is no need to contact us. If you bought your ticket in person at the Festival Office, we will contact you via phone in the coming days to arrange your refund. If you have purchased tickets to Satellite Events or Festival Workshops, please bear with us as we work through refund arrangements with event partners and venues.

We offer our sincere thanks for your support and please, stay safe.”

The Byron Writers Festival team 



Join the audience or sign up to perform.

Performer Registration 2.30pm

Featuring 2020 Australian Poetry Slam champion Ren Alessandra, with MC Miles Merrill.

More info at australianpoetryslam.com


SUPPORTED BY: Byron Theatre


This is a Covidsafe event.

For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue. We ask that you adhere to all covid guidelines while attending the theatre.

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.

N.B. Subject to availability, E-Tickets can now be purchased online up to the event start time to avoid unnecessary queues at the box office.
2.00pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Event Bar open 
2.30pm – Theatre doors open | Performer Registrations
3.00pm – Australian Poetry Slam – Byron Heat
5.00pm – Event concludes (no interval)