A free Writers Festival 

- now there’s a novel idea!



The village of Federal in Byron’s hinterland is well known for its community spirit, so when local author Philip McLaren came up with the idea of a free Writers Festival to be held at the community hall, he was bowled over by the enthusiasm and support the idea generated. 

“We were determined this would be a free festival,” he said. “Nobody gets paid, everyone have generously donated their time and talent. And it just wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers who have come forward to provide billets for the writers and help us run the event for the day. Out-of-pocket expenses are covered by our generous sponsor, Southern Cross University."

“The venue has been provided free and any profits made through bar and food sales will go to support Federal Hall maintenance and upgrades.”


Why free?

 “I’ve been invited to numerous overseas Writers Festivals, and was impressed by the fact that many of them are free. Festivals in San Francisco, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Bangalore, New Zealand… all offer free admission and I’m sure there are more. There are many avid readers out there on a limited budget, who just can’t afford the admission and therefore the opportunity to hear authors speak about their books and air their views.”

Lunch will be available, as well as tea and coffee. 


“We believe the take-home lasting experience is one of cultural exhilaration, a collective of  ideas experienced and pride in community. And of course, new books yet to be read,” said Philip.

This is a FREE event - note seats are limited.

The Federal Free Writers Festival takes place Sunday, November 10th - 9:45 to 4:00

at the Federal Community Hall.