After four years as director of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre and Byron Bay Writers Festival, Jeni Caffin is ‘hanging up her pen’.
Ms Caffin has decided to succumb to the travel bug at the beginning of October.
She said her role as director had been ‘rewarding, challenging, unique and all-consuming’.
“I offer my deepest thanks to the committee, my team and the community, both local and literary, who have supported my endeavours and given me so much joy,” she said.
NRWC committee chairperson Christopher Hanley said the Byron Bay Writers Festival had grown steadily under Ms Caffin’s leadership.
“Jeni has been impressive with her creative intelligence, boundless energy and professional integrity in an organisation that continues to punch above its weight,” he said.
“The NRWC and Byron Bay Writers Festival are in a fabulous state because of her commitment and hard work.”
Mr Hanley offered his heartfelt appreciation of Ms Caffin’s dedication and passion.
“The entire committee wishes her every success in whatever path she chooses.” he said.
Ms Caffin has admitted that announcing the decision gives rise to a strange mix of emotions.
“Above all, I am conscious of a rising tide of excitement as I approach the 2010 festival,” she said.
“I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of writers, both emerging and established, during my tenure.
“The immersion in the world of words and ideas has been thorough and while I will miss the stimulus, I will retain indelible memories.”
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