The 2010 Byron Bay Writers Festival was a trip.  Here are my ‘Hits & Hacks’ list for the literary love-in that has become the biggest in Australia…


All the brilliant panellists I shared a stage with; especially Dan Ducrou, Amy Barker, Rebecca James and Tasma Walton
ABC all-rounder, Steve Cannane, and his stories of Aunty domination
Volunteer Chris at the shuttle bus area (best of luck with the writing course and your mate’s biography / memoir)
Sharing an impromptu conversation with Alan Close at the Byron Bay Surf Club urinals on opening night
Robert Drewe’s speech on opening night


Adam Ramanauskas’ short-sighted criticisms of rugby league
My ‘gobsmacked idiot’ performance when requesting John Doyle’s autograph
The non-flushing dunny adjacent to the ‘Green Room’
The goat-track entry into the Festival parking lot
Di Morrissey’s speech on opening night