Devoted few make light work
BYRON Bay Writers Festival (BBWF) intern Joyce Fabriek never thought so few people could organise and stage such a large event before she arrived in Australia from the Netherlands in March.
Miss Joyce, 24, is studying social and cultural development at the Hague University and as part of her studies she applied for an internship with the BBWF after discovering the event on the internet.
She said there was no festival that compared to the Northern Rivers event back home.
“We definitely don’t have anything as big as this back home,” she said.
“I never believed such a small group of people could get such a big festival to happen.”
Miss Fabriek has been immersed in all aspects of organisation and staging from working with out-going director Jeni Caffin, site manager Ray Arthur, volunteer co-ordinator Helen Fry and the small contingent of Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre staff who deal with everything from public relations to programming.
“I really look up to everyone involved,” she said.
“It’s a great network of people.”
Miss Fabriek will stay until the end of the festival before returning to her studies to complete a 10,000 word report on her experience.