The Pass, Byron Bay.
The Pass, Byron Bay. Patrick Gorbunovs

Overheard in Byron a gentle tease

A MELBOURNE author has launched an amusing social media site that suggests there may be at least a smidgen of truth to the stereotype of the flaky Byron Shire hippy.

The Overheard In Byron Bay Facebook page set up in November by Louisa Deasey records snippets of conversations "from the mundane to the ridiculous" from Byron and surrounds.

Among the gem Byron moments recorded are:

  • At Byron: "My chakras are really blocked from the bus. Got any rose quartz?"
  • At Bangalow: "What do you do?" "Handstands."
  • At Ocean Shores: "That's some serious burns you've got there." "Yeah, I really shouldn't do my fire juggling when I'm upset."

Most of the entries are Deasey's own overheard while working in various jobs around the shire, but increasingly fans of the site are making contributions as well.

Deasey, who moved here from Melbourne four months ago, said she started the site for her friends and family back home who didn't believe a lot of the experiences she was having.

The 35-year-old said the site was an affectionate tribute to a beautiful place that was populated by "gentle and accepting people" but was also ripe for satire due to its "airy-fairy hippy vibe".

The self-described hippy said she was taking the mickey out of herself as much as anyone as like many others she had moved to the region "for its healing and sensitive energies".

Deasey is working on her second book, a novel, which she says will more than likely be influenced by her Byron experiences.



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