‘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 route with fêted chef Christine Manfield at her Literary Lunch at the Byron at Byron resort. While Saturday’s supper with substance will be dished-up by national treasures Julian Burnside and Frank Moorhouse.
See John Safran’s acclaimed live show Murder in Mississippi at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Then dust off your Ziggy Stardust outfits as one of Melbourne’s best-loved spoken word events Liner Notes comes to Byron for the first time. Performers include, among others, Andrew Denton, Missy Higgins and Benjamin Law.
Kids Big Day Out on Sunday will feature some of Australia’s favourite authors led by Andy Griffiths, with Sally Rippin, Martin Chatterton, Mem Fox, Nick Earls, Jesse Blackadder and Tristan Bancks.
If that’s not enough literary action, delve into memoir, screenwriting, travel, poetry, romance and more at festival panels and at hands-on skills development Workshops. Book now for these popular One-Day (or Half-Day) Classes and for the Festival’s associated Feature Events. Festival Passes on sale now!