Month: April 2014

Festival brings Australia’s favourite environmentalists to town

It’s with great pleasure we announce that Tim Flannery, the Former Head of the Australian Climate Commission and 2007 Australian of the Year and Bob Brown, the Former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, will head up the environmental component of this year’s Writers Festival. Tim told us: ‘in so many ways, this is the critical decade for sustainability in Australia. I look forward to being in Byron Bay with Bob Brown. Together we can outline what’s required of our country over the next six years.’ Many people will remember when Tim highlighted the passion Australians held for the environment when he and his co-Commissioners raised an impressive $1 million via crowd-funding in just five days. These funds were used to launch the Climate Council after the Climate Commission was dismantled in 2013.  It was incredible to witness so many people prepared to contribute to protect the Australian environment. In his recent book, Among the Islands,Flannery outlines his ground-breaking work on the mammals of the south-west Pacific. His findings allowed the International Union for the Conservation of Nature …

Grab an Early Bird ticket today

I’m thrilled to announce that Early Bird tickets for the 18th Festival go on sale on today. Food, history, true crime, travel, music, politics, screenwriting, memoir, journalism, sport, surf, poetry, art, romance, education, comedy…whatever your literary love, we have it covered. We’ve dedicated the last five months to assembling an incredible program of literary stars all of whom will converge on Byron for three days in August in celebration of writing. Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you a taste of what we have in store before the launch of the full Festival program on 6 June. A coup of which we’re particularly proud is securing US author Poe Ballantine. His latest book, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, part memoir, part true crime, is an incredible story about his neighbour, a college math professor who disappeared and whose mutilated body was found three months later. Author Cheryl Strayed says ‘Reading his work is inspiring, agitating, and invigorating… This is his best book ever.’ And Tom Robbins ‘Mark Twain would …