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Jeanette Winterson…Keynote Speaker

Edwina Johnson (picture by Tim Eddy)

Edwina Johnson
(picture by Tim Eddy)

“The rebellion of art is a daily rebellion against the state of living death routinely called real life.”

Jeanette Winterson, The Paris Review

We’re excited to announce that celebrated author Jeanette Winterson will deliver the 2014 Keynote Address at the Festival this year. Winterson is travelling to Australia in August for a tour arranged in collaboration with Sydney Opera House and Brisbane Powerhouse. Winterson will feature in several Festival sessions from 1-3 August (full program revealed on 6 June), followed by events in Brisbane and Sydney.

Jeanette Winterson with Colette at Shakespeare and Company

Jeanette Winterson with Colette at Shakespeare and Company

Jeanette Winterson OBE is one of the most acclaimed international authors of our time. Whatever the genre – novels, screenplays, essays and journalism – Winterson takes risks and challenges us to think differently about identity and relationships. The Guardian (UK) recently listed Winterson as being one of the world’s Top Ten writers to see live, ‘She walks on with such confidence and never has any barrier between herself and the audience…’ It’s an experience not to be missed.

At 15, Winterson’s teenage love affair with another woman came to light. She was condemned by her church, leading to her expulsion from the community and her decision to leave home. She worked odd jobs, from an ice-cream van driver to a funeral parlour make-up artist, supporting herself as she obtained her English B.A. from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. She would go on to write over 15 books, including the celebrated novels Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Her most recent work includes Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and the horror novella about witchcraft and superstition, The Daylight Gate.

We’re featuring more than 100 authors in the 2014 Festival. The program includes some of Australia’s best writers and thinkers from Malcolm Fraser, Clare Wright, Julian Burnside and Tim Flannery to Ashley Hay, Alex Miller, Andy Griffiths and many more. The full program including the complete international line-up will be available from 6 June 2014.

Don’t miss out on buying your Early Bird Ticket.

Edwina Johnson, Director, Byron Bay Writers Festival

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