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What We’re Reading: Pt 2

Two weeks to go until BBWF2015!! Winter is officially here and we’re not complaining…it’s a nice reason to rug up and tuck in to a good book. So much is happening in the Bay at this time of the year, with Splendour in the Grass on this weekend, and the town is buzzing with excitement.

Here’s what we have been reading:

imagePrayers for the Stolen, Jennifer Clement

– I devoured this book; it kept me up all night. It is a shocking account of life as an impoverished female in rural Mexico. A place where young girls are dressed as boys and mothers dig holes in the ground for their daughters to hide in when the drug gangs come in search of girls to steal. It is told from the point of view of Ladydi over the course of her childhood years. Jennifer Clement is a poet and this is reflected in the beauty of each sentence; her imagery is startlingly rich. I can’t wait to re-read it.

Edwina Johnson – Festival Director

IMG_3995Harry Mac, Russell Eldrigde

– Right now I have Harry Mac on my bedside table.  Russell Eldridge writing makes you feel like you are in the story…I don’t want it to end.

Sarah Ma – Operations Manager

imageShining: The Story of a Lucky Man, Abdi Aden and Robert Hillman

– The story of Abdi’s journey from a regular fifteen year old living in Kenya to arriving in Australia as a scarred sixteen year old, having evaded death by only a sliver of a chance. Abdi creates his own luck and his book is an inspiring read.

Penny Leonard – Program Coordinator

Our feature events and workshops are selling out fast, so don’t miss out! If you haven’t got your tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival go to our website We cannot wait to see everyone there!


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