Month: June 2014

The 18th Byron Bay Writers Festival Program Released

‘If there’s a story to be told and if the story has some validity, some resonance, then you don’t keep it to yourself.’ From Stories We Tell by Canadian Film Director Sarah Polley The 18th Byron Bay Writers Festival Program is out now! Be inspired by this major literary event and its cavalcade of more than 130 writers, thinkers and creative spirits and their world of ideas over three action-packed days (1-3 August). Designed to challenge, provoke, entertain and connect, the Festival features a strong core of powerfulAustralian writers together with acclaimed international talents. Securing celebrated UK author Jeanette Winterson, is an enormous coup for the Festival along with other international writers including Poe Ballantine, Geoff Dyer, David Finkel and Susie Orbach. We’re not shying away from the complicated issues. Malcolm Fraser, Antony Loewenstein, Joanne McCarthy, and Kate McClymont are all attending so expect robust debate about Australia’s international relations and how we treat some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without food events. Travel the Indian spice …

New York Times Best-Seller M.L. Stedman and Last Chance for Early Bird Tickets

Don’t think, just book! These are the last days of Early Bird ticket sales and they are selling out fast. Now’s the time to book your discounted 3 Day Pass or Youth Pass to enjoy over 100 fabulous international and Australian literary stars. We’re overjoyed to announce multi-award winning author M.L. Stedman will join the stellar line-up at this year’s Festival. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans has been a New York Times’ best-seller for the past 60 weeks. So far it has been translated into more than 30 languages, and the Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman of Harry Potter fame set to produce it. An incredible achievement for a debut novel. See Stedman in conversation with Geordie Williamson, Chief Literary Critic of The Australian on Festival Friday. She’ll also participate in three other panels, including one on Lighthouses, a lovely fit for Byron Bay as this is where Tom, one of the protagonists, learns the craft of lightkeeping.On Festival Saturday, Stedman will discuss the books that have shaped …