About Kyogle Readers & Writers

The Kyogle Readers and Writers is a community-led organisation that seeks to celebrate the very best of Australian story-telling in an effort to enhance the cultural life of our region.

We do this by hosting regular events, large and small throughout the year, alongside our writer in residence and annual poetry competition programs. 

The highlight of our calendar is the Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival, which will be held on Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18th 2024. Located on the traditional lands of the Bundjalung people, our small art deco town takes great pride in hosting this community-led biennial celebration of the best that contemporary Australian writing has to offer.  A warm welcome awaits you, whether you are a visiting writer, volunteer or patron.

Please consider supporting our work by becoming a member, volunteering – email hello@kraw.com.au – or by attending one of our many events. 

FAQs

This website, our newsletter, Instagram feed and our FB page are all updated with upcoming events.

We will have an expression of interest form online in the coming weeks. Email it to our Creative Director Paul at hello@kraw.com.au and he will get back to you in due course.

Email Kevin @ partnerships@kraw.com.au

Why that’s easy. Membership is a mere $5 a year and you can purchase it here.

We wanted the name of our organisation to be pithy, clearly associated with Kyogle, and for it to recognise that readers are equally as important as writers. The organisation will be open to new members in the coming weeks, we’d love to have you onboard.

KRaW is administered by a voluntary, interim committee and we intend to hold our first Annual General Meeting in December, when all committee positions will become vacant.

It’s emerged from its chrysalis as the Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival and will now be biannual. This is to try and avoid burnout in our hard-working volunteer committees.

Up until the formation of KRaW, Kyogle Writers Festival had been organised by a sub-committee of Kyogle and District Arts Council (KDAC). KDAC had very kindly provided us with an organisational ‘home’ as well as auspicing our grant applications. We are very much grateful for their generosity and support over the past couple of years.

But it’s now time for us to forge ahead as our own independent organisation.

At the moment we are not taking onboard new members until our transition is complete. If you are interested in joining us email Paul at hello@kraw.com.au and he will be in touch.

The KRaW Team

Paul Shields
Creative Director / roustabout

Why are you involved with the festival?
I was approached to run an event at KWF2021 and things ballooned from there. I am passionate about story-telling and community building, two things that intersect beautifully through KWF. Also getting to pick authors to visit our town feels like a lo-fi version of guest programming ‘Rage’ – which is a bit of a thrill.

What are you most excited about for KWF 2022?
Having the amazing Mandy Beaumont back for another year to showcase her debut novel ’The Furies’, and catching up with everyone who was a part of last years fest

Kevin Markwell

Partnerships Manager

Why are you involved with the festival?
The Writers Festival is such a fabulous way of diversifying and enriching the cultural landscape of Kyogle and surrounding districts. It’s fantastic to be a part of a community-driven event that creates opportunities for people to come together, engage with writers and share ideas.

What are you most excited about for KWF 2022?
The fantastic diversity of writers and poets who will be coming into Kyogle for a few days to create magic.

Sue Page

Helper

Why are you involved with the festival?
To deepen my understanding of the power of stories to act as vessels that address key social issues, shape our dynamic culture, and transform how we view the future.

What are you most excited about for KWF 2022?
Stories and conversations that evoke emotion, challenge thinking and excite curiosity.

Sue Millican

Financial Officer?

Why are you involved with the festival?
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What are you most excited about for KWF 2022?
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Graeme Gibson

Community Engagement

Why are you involved with the festival?
Community engagement in public life – in all its forms – is of deep interest to me. KWF provides plenty of these opportunities

What are you most excited about for KWF 2022?
The expanding program with a good range of interests provided for. And community engagement.