NORTHERN RIVERS WRITERS' CENTRE IS THRILLED TO BE PARTNERING WITH SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL TO STREAM LIVE EVENTS TO THE BYRON COMMUNITY
A new joint project between the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Northern Rivers Writers' Centre will see two SWF highlights live-streamed digitally to the SAE Creative Media Institute, 373 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay.
NRWC is excited to be presenting Man Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri on the strange and mystical journey he takes us on in his new novel, The Age of Magic as well as a fascinating account by literary powerhouses Douglas Coupland (Generation X), Richard Flanagan and Adam Spencer as they discuss the effects – good and bad – of technology on how we think.
Northern Rivers Writers' Centre Director, Edwina Johnson said: “I am delighted to be partnering with SWF to present these two sessions to the Byron community.This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of the Northern Rivers region to experience the incredible work of an international literary heavyweight and join a discussion that is absolutely of the zeitgeist.”
Live and Local is the biggest project of its kind and a first for Australian writers’ festivals. As well as the Byron Bay events, more than 18 interactive events featuring the world’s best authors and thinkers will be beamed live into arts centres and libraries in Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Parramatta, Port Macquarie, Taree, Tamworth and Wollongong.
SWF Artistic Director Jemma Birrell said:“Sydney Writers’ Festival is excited to be expanding our horizons with the launch of Live and Local as part of the 2015 festival. Live and Local is an innovative way to share the work of high quality authors with audiences outside of Sydney and we are delighted to be working with arts centres and writers' groups to bring these events to diverse audiences across NSW.”
Ben Okri: The Age of Magic May 23, 1.30-2.30pm
$10 for includes both sessions. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
The dates for 2016 are 5 - 7 August, with workshops commencing Monday 1 August.
JULIA GILLARD, JOAN LONDON, HELEN GARNER, KATE GRENVILLE, JACKIE FRENCH AND MANY MORE TRUE TALENTS…
EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE FROM 17 APRIL!
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.
Early Bird discounted three-day passes are released from 17 April. 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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