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Jeni's back in her old new role

FROM BALI TO BYRON: Jeni Caffin is back in Byron Bay from Bali and has started her new role as the director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
FROM BALI TO BYRON: Jeni Caffin is back in Byron Bay from Bali and has started her new role as the director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Jann Burmester

THEY say that everything old is new again and for Jeni Caffin that certainly rings true.

Jeni has taken on the new role as director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival - a position she previously held for four years from 2007.

It's a new start for the Coorabell resident and one she's ecstatic about.

"It's like I've been given a second chance," Jeni said.

"I've got a new office and there's a new committee with four new members and I feel privileged, spoilt and slightly blissful to be back and to be trusted with the role that has been bestowed on me."

For most of the past two years, Jeni has been living in Ubud, Bali, where she was the international program director for the world-renowned Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

"The festival was a huge amount of work, seven days a week and I was taken out of my comfort zone, but it's a job I love and I'm passionate about," Jeni said.

I have endless respect for writers, whether they be in Bali or Byron Bay, and I feel I owe it to them to organise the best festival possible.

Jeni will no doubt bring her passion and enthusiasm to next year's Byron literary event which will be held at the North Byron Events site from August 2 to 4.

She's learnt a lot from Ubud and has met some amazing writers - some of whom she has already invited to the Byron event.

"I've worked with a number of embassies from around the world and now I have the support of many of those ambassadors which will hold me in good stead for our festival," Jeni said.

"The Byron event is an Australian festival, but it will be spiced with flavours and writers from around the world including some very exciting Indonesian writers."

"I also met some Australian sponsors at the Ubud festival and they have agreed to come onboard and sponsor our event."

Jeni promises some surprises for next year's event and wants to thank the committee and the community for the chance to come back as director.

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