Jill Eddington

jill eddingtonJill Eddington, as Director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts, is currently responsible for providing leadership of the Australia Council’s Literature program and managing delivery of Australia Council grants and initiatives for the Literature sector.  Previously Jill worked widely in the arts education and sectors.
Jill has been a consultant with clients in both government and not for profit organizations; Executive Manager of exhibitions and event in Public Programs at the State Library of Queensland; relieving CEO at Arts Northern Rivers and between 1999 until 2007 Jill was the Director of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival and the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre. Jill was also co-director of two national forums ‘The need for a cultural plan in Australia’ and the inaugural curator of the ASA national writers summit to be held this year.
Prior to these roles, as Events Manager of Banks Events Jill assisted in event management for the major events including Sydney Writers Festival and City of Sydney New Year’s Eve and Australia Day Celebrations and arts organisations including the Biennale and Bangarra Dance Co.
Jill has also taught Visual Arts in secondary schools and Arts Industry Studies at Southern Cross University in the School of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Events Management in the School of Business and Tourism.


Saturday 3 August  9:00 - 10:00am  SCU MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  3:00 - 4:00pm  SCU MARQUEE

Russell Eldridge

Russell Eldridge is a retired newspaper editor. He now writes fiction and freelance articles, trains journalists and conducts corporate media training. Russell has worked in the industry for more than 40 years.
He began his career in South Africa, working on the Natal Witness, the South African Press Association and the Johannesburg Star. He emigrated to Australia in 1979 to work for the Sydney Morning Herald. He made a lifestyle change and moved to the NSW North Coast. After two glorious years of hippiedom, he was sucked back into mainstream journalism and worked for the Northern Star, based in Lismore. He retired as Editor in 2008.
Russell has won several media awards, including a Walkley Award Commendation, Northern NSW Journalist of the Year, Sir Harry Budd award for Country Journalism and a Special Merit Award for South African Sports Writing.
He edited and co-wrote a history of South African Tennis and is currently working on short stories and a novel.
He is a founding member of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival committee and regularly chairs sessions at the Festival. He also has a connection with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, where he has chaired for the past two years.
Russell is trained in theatre and has appeared in many productions, as well as reviewing theatre for newspapers.
He and partner Brenda Shero have five children between them and live at North Ocean Shores when they’re not backpacking around the world.


Friday 2 August  1:00 - 2:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE


Gyan Evans

gyan evanscolorEnigmatic, world renowned, Byron Bay based singer/songwriter/author, Gyan, is currently launching her first poetry book Bear In Mind a collection of tiny poems not yet sung, with a tour of book signings and performances around the country.
With an ARIA award and platinum sales for her self-titled debut album in 1990, Gyan moved to the UK, then the USA where she signed to Universal working with Ricky Martin, Leanne Rimes and producer Desmond Child. She won a Sydney Theatre Award in 2008 for her sell-out Sydney Opera House shows with Michael Leunig and her book How WEIRD Is That... with artist M S Dawson was CBCA short-listed in 2009.
In 2010, National reviewers were blown away with the beautiful, genre-defying album Superfragilistically, runner-up Sydney Morning Herald, Best “Adult” Album of the year. "the sound of grown-ups singing about grown-ups doing grown-up things ... songwriting of the highest quality." Bernard Zuel. Sydney Morning Herald
“….this slow- moving and sometimes staggeringly beautiful record feels like an overlooked classic from the vaults when singer-songwriters ruled the roost, circa 71. ****”  Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail.
Last year Gyan performed the Sydney Opera house, Melbourne Recital Centre and was the voice of hope and redemption in director, PJ Hogan's Mental.


Thursday 1 August  8:00pm  BYRON COMMUNITY THEATRE

Friday 2 August  9:00 - 10:00am  SCU MARQUEE

Friday 2 August  11:45am - 1:00pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Colin Falconer

colin falconer2Born in north London, Colin worked for many years in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines. He has been a novelist for the last twenty years, with his work published widely in the UK, US and Europe. He has published twenty-two novels, with translations sold in twenty languages.
“Falconer’s grasp of the period and places is almost flawless; his pace is good, the dialogue convincing and descriptions effective. He’s my kind of writer.” Peter Corris, The Australian  
His quest for authenticity led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, chase tornadoes across Texas and Oklahoma, go cage shark diving in South Africa, and get tear gassed in La Paz. He has also chased black witches in Mexico and went into the Amazon to undergo ayahuasca ceremonies with Peruvian shamans.   He has appeared on television frequently in Australia and even in places like Romania and Mexico.   He lived for many years near Margaret River in WA, helped raise two beautiful daughters with his late wife, Helen. While writing, he also worked for many years in the volunteer ambulance service. "I'd be at my desk typing, then thirty minutes later I'd be crawling into an overturned car."
After personal tragedy, Colin stopped writing for five years. He returned in 2011 with Silk Road, published in the UK by Atlantic, followed by Stigmata in 2012.
An Australian critic once introduced him to an audience this way: “Colin Falconer's novels are based on dedicated research and a profound knowledge of his subject, stories of passion and human frailty drawn on a vast canvas, about the perennial nature of love and the human spirit.”
He currently lives in Spain.


Saturday 3 August  12:00 - 1:15pm  FEROS MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  1:15 - 2:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Lily Yulianti Farid

lily yuliantiLily Yulianti Farid is the founder and the director of Makassar International Writers Festival, the first international literary event in Eastern Indonesia.
She is a short-story writer and a journalist, born and raised in Makassar.South Sulawesi. Her books, including Makkunrai (2008), Maiasaura (2008) and Your Father is Moon, You are the Sun (2012). Her stories collection Family Room published in English by Lontar Foundation in 2010, as a part of Modern Library of Indonesia, an initiative to promote and introduce Indonesian literature to the World.
She is the recepient of Australian Leadership Award Scholarship in 2010 and now she is studying for her PhD in gender studies, at the University of Melbourne.


Friday 2 August  9:00 - 10:00am  SCU MARQUEE

Friday 2 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  9:15 - 10:15am  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Peter FitzSimons

peter fitzsimonsPeter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular  TV commentator, a former radio presenter and is a former national representative rugby union player.
Peter is the author of over 20 books – including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia and the bestselling Mawson. He is Australia’s biggest-selling nonfiction author of the last ten years.
In 2011, Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.
He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney.


Friday 2 August  10:15 - 11:15am  SCU MARQUEE

Friday 2 August  1:00 - 2:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Friday 2 August  4:00 - 5:15pm  FEROS MARQUEE

Susanna Freymark

susannafreymarkSusanna Freymark works full time as a journalist. Previously, she was a teacher in a remote Aboriginal community in South Australia and a bookshop owner in London. She recently completed a Master of Arts in creative writing and her short stories have been published in the UTS Anthology and numerous other publications. A mother-of-three, Susanna is married and lives in Sydney. Losing February is her first fiction book, set in the Byron Bay hinterland where she lived for ten years.
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Friday 2 August  12:45 - 1:45pm  SCU MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  4:15 - 5:15pm  BLUE MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  12:30 - 1:15pm  BLUE MARQUEE

Ahmad Fuadi

ahmad fuadiAhmad Fuadi was born in West Sumatra in 1972. A Fulbright scholar, Fuadi parlayed his formative years at an Islamic boarding school into his celebrated first novel, Negeri 5 Menara, which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first year of its release. Translated into English, The Land of Five Towers, the novel has been adapted into a succesful feature film.
Upon graduating from Padjadjaran University, Fuadi became a journalist for Tempo magazine. He received a Fulbright scholarship to take his master’s degree at the George Washington University and won the Chevening Award to study documentary films at Royal Holloway, University of London. Negeri 5 Menara has won several awards, including the 2010 Khatulistiwa Literary Award (Long List) and the 2010 Favorite Fiction Writer and Book from the Indonesian Readers Awards.
He was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to Bellagio Center, Italy to be a resident writer in 2012. He was featured at international book events such as Frankfurt Book Fair, Ubud Writers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Salihara Literary Biennale, and Makassar Writers Festival. He is currently busy writing, speaking at home and abroad. He is the founder of Komunitas Menara, a not-for profit organization helping poor children to get a free access to education.
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Twitter @fuadi1


Friday 2 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  4:15 - 5:15pm  BLUE MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  10:45 - 11:15am  BLUE MARQUEE