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The countdown to Byron Bay Writers Festival begins...

To add to the anticipation we are thrilled to announce that the 2015 Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna has joined the writers heading to Byron Bay.  Her applauded novel The Eye of the Sheep was selected from a shortlist of powerful Australian voices including Joan London who will also be appearing at the Festival. Congratulations to London too who last week won the prestigious Kibble award.
 
Festival on track to sell out 
Three day passes and Saturday passes will sell out shortly, so book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. At this stage, there are still some tickets left for Friday and Sunday including the stellar line-up for KIDS BIG DAY OUT as well as our feature events and workshops.
 
Food and fabulous conversation
Literary Dinners are always a Festival favourite and two have already sold out. Don’t miss experiencing one of these Festival highlights. Tickets are still available to a Literary Dinner celebrating the life of Adam Cullen at the acclaimed Tweed Regional Gallery and a Literary Lunch at the Byron at Byron Resort with popular film critic Margaret Pomeranz.

BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ROUND OF WRITERS APPEARING AT THE 2015 FESTIVAL

JULIA GILLARD, JOAN LONDON, HELEN GARNER, KATE GRENVILLE, JACKIE FRENCH AND MANY MORE TRUE TALENTS…

EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE UNTIL 12 JUNE UNLESS SOLD OUT!

Five immensely successful, talented Australian women have top-billing at the 2015 Byron Bay Writers Festival. Already the Festival is shaping up to deliver a diverse and eclectic program of stimulating and engaging conversations with some of Australia’s most celebrated writers, as well as the strongest line-up of international guests in the Festival’s history.

Festival Director, Edwina Johnson is delighted to be bringing the best writers and thinkers together to share stories, triumphs, challenges and ideas; to debate, laugh and cherish; to connect, nurture and celebrate literary talent and new friendships down by Byron Bay’s scenic ocean shore.
In what is shaping up to be a Festival showcasing a line-up of strong, female Australian voices including Helen Garner, Joan London and Kate Grenville, a particular coup was securing former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Kids too will have the opportunity to meet their literary heroes in Kids Big Day Out which returns in 2015 on Festival Sunday with interactive performances for the whole family. This much-loved event features the biggest line-up of children’s authors to date including one of Australia’s best loved children’s authors, Jackie French, current Australian Children’s Laureate,whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Kids will also be entertained by the ever-popular illustrator Terry Denton and Australian superstar author Andy Griffiths.

Audiences are advised not to wait until August to purchase Festival Passes as Saturday sold out last year, a first time achievement for this pivotal regional Australian arts festival.
The full Festival guest list and program will be announced on 12 June when the entire range of tickets, feature events, workshops, lunches and launches will be unveiled.

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