Month: March 2014

The 18th Writers Festival is shaping up to be the best yet…

After a whirlwind move from Sydney, I’m close to finalising a rich program of writers, performers, poets, thinkers, comedians and musicians for the 2014 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The program is filling out with talent covering everything from politics and crime to screen writing and fiction in all its forms. We have some international gems and a host of the best local writers and thinkers in Australia today. I’m very excited about incorporating new media into the program. We are trying some new ideas to diversify the program and explore different literary mediums. Our partnership with Griffith REVIEW goes from strength to strength. The most recent issue of Griffith REVIEW, co-edited by acclaimed New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, shines a spotlight on the shifting tides in New Zealand. Through this association and with the support of the NZ Book Council, we will be bringing some of New Zealand’s most exciting and innovative literary talent to the Festival. Other areas that are emerging as strong Festival themes include the environment and investigative journalism. I think Festival-goers will find this aspect of …