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Safran, John 2013 (photographer credit Germain McMicking)With the 2014 Festival Program now launched, things are really really hotting up. We just experienced the biggest week of ticket sales in our 18-year history. Some events are already close to selling out. So this Festival is shaping up to be the best yet.

Crime Sets the Scene

One of literature’s most popular genres, crime writing will feature strongly this year. This year’s Festival has attracted an impressive cast of talented, specialist crime authors.

The Festival session A Murder of Crime Writers includes #1 international bestselling US thriller writer, Karin Slaughter, former NSW Detective P.M. Newton, celebrated storyteller Tara Moss, bestselling screenwriter and debut novelist Terry Hayes and the North Coast’s own Martin Chatterton. The session will explore all aspects of creating gripping stories within this hugely popular field.

Another Festival session True Crime: Monsters or People Like Us? bringsiconoclastic US author Poe Ballantine together with Virginia Peters and Australia’s peerless exponent of gonzo film-making, author John Safran, in a session led by Marele Day.

Fabulous Feature Events

Don’t forget our brilliant line-up of 12 off-site feature events.

When filming his TV-series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, Safran heard that the man had been murdered, a tale culminating in the brilliantly innovative true-crime story Murder in Mississippi. Safran’s acclaimed live stage show will feature at the Community Centre on Festival Saturday at 6pm. Tickets to this brilliant performance are selling fast.

Join much-loved legend of Australian music, Richard Clapton in conversation with David Leser at 8pm on Festival Saturday at the Community Centre.

Enjoy the War and Remembrance Literary Dinner with iconic broadcaster and journalist, Mike Carlton and Geoff Dyer, described by the Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘As possibly the best living writing in Britain’, in conversation with Chris Hanley on Festival Friday at the Byron Beach Cafe.


Multi-published? New to writing? Writing just a twinkle in your eye?

Where ever you are in your writing journey, we have a workshop to suit. Explore the brave new world of book publishing, turn tragedy into triumph, or delve into flash fiction, memoir, travel or crime writing and more.

We’re proud to have engaged the contribution of one of the world’s most highly regarded creative writing professors, himself an author, Robin Hemley. After nine years as Director of the prestigious Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, Hemley has taken a new position as Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS. Robin will present at Masterclass on Writing Imaginatively About the Past on Thursday, 31 July. Book now to avoid disappointment.

The program is out, so pick up a copy and start planning your fabulous Festival experience.


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