Festival something to write home about for Mullum resident
THIS year marks the 16th year Byron Bay Writers Festival has rolled into town and for Paul Jameson of Mullumbimby it's been something to write home about for 10 of those years.
Mr Jameson is an avid reader and attended the second Writers Fest back in 1998.
He has come along to the Festival to hear the speakers almost every year since 1998, but said unfortunately he's missed a few.
"I've always been interested in reading," Mr Jameson said.
"I really love seeing people talk about writing as it gives me a deeper insight into the litera- ture I read and it really broadens my horizons.
But it's not the lure of a crowd that keeps Mr Jameson coming back, it's the social aspect that encourages his repeat business.
"Coming into contact with real thinkers is something we don't get to do a lot in the Northern Rivers," he said.
"Bumping in to friends in a different environment creates a different social dynamic.
"And I enjoy being able to have really good conversations with my friends about topics we wouldn't usually discuss.
"It allows me to see things from a different perspective."
Like all great things, they start from humble beginnings and vice- president of the Byron Bay Writers Festival Lynda Dean said she was delighted to see the way the Festival had grown over the past 16 years.
"We started the festival because we used to have to go to the city to attend these kind of literary events," Mrs Dean said.