Jun 12, 2017

Byron Writers Festival 2017

As readers of this blog, most of you will know I’m the Chair of the Byron Writers Festival and things are really hotting up for our 21st birthday Festival. 

We have announced some of our writers and commentators including acclaimed Australian novelists Kate Grenville and Hannah Kentcrime writer Michael Robotham; journalists Tony Jones, David Marr and Kate Cole-Adams; satirist John Safran; Sudanese refugee and lawyer Deng Thiak Adut and co-author of Deng’s biography, journalist Ben Mckelvey; musician and fiction writer Holly Throsby and beloved childrens authors Sally Rippin and Morris Gleitzman.

International guests will include award-winning science writer Dava Sobel whose recent book The Glass Universe (which I'm currently reading) uncovers the hidden history of female astronomers; American biology professor and Pulitzer Prize finalist David George Haskell who puts a stethoscope to natures most magnificent networkers and listens to The Song of Trees; acclaimed UK writer and foreign affairs reporter Christina Lamb whose book Nujeen tells one girl's incredible journey from war-torn Syria in a wheelchair; and celebrated visual artist Venkat Shyam from India. 

We will launch the full program this Wednesday and you can check it out at the Byron Writers Festival website.

The Festival has such relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is held on the beachfront. I’d love to see you all here in Byron for Australia’s most popular regional literary festival.

9 comments:

  1. WOW Jennifer sounds like a fabulous line up in such a beautiful place it is a long time since I have been to Byron Bay a lot of work has gone into this I am sure it will be a big hit.

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. It is going to be fabulous, Helen. Hope you get to Byron Bay again one day. It really is a beautiful place to live.

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  2. What a great line up, Jen! Everyone is going to have the most wonderful time. I hope you have a fabulous time too -- you deserve it given all of your hard work. :-)

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I haven't really learned how to relax at the Festival yet. I usually see a whole session on Sunday afternoon but the rest of the time I'm racing around like a lunatic. I'm going to try harder this year to see more sessions.

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  3. Sounds like a fabulous event!

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  4. Jen you're going to need a big drink in Brissy at the conference the following week and I'm buying!

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    1. I sure am, Amy. It will be a crazy couple of weeks!!

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  5. Jen, this sounds like the most incredible event. I wish I could be there. Will you get to enjoy some of the discussions or will you be busy behind the scenes all the time? I hope you get to soak up the pearls of wisdom from at least some of your wonderful guests.

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