Mem Fox, Malcolm Fraser, Poe Ballantine with Richard Fidler and so much more…Early Bird tickets on sale now
Food, history, true crime, travel, music, politics, screenwriting, environment, memoir, journalism, sport, surf, poetry, art, romance, education, comedy…whatever your literary love, the Byron Bay Writers Festival has it covered. Early Bird tickets for the 18th Festival go on sale today and if history is any indication, they sell fast.
These Passes are all you need to gain access to the main marquee program between 1 and 3 August. Remember, Sunday 3 August offers the riotous Kids Marquee. The line-up of children’s authors is shaping up to be great fun and you can pick-up the discounted Youth Pass now too.
We’ve been working tirelessly to bring you the best Australian talent and some big name international guests to make this year’s Festival an event to remember.
A particular coup has been securing US author Poe Ballantine. His latest book, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, part memoir, part true crime, is a compelling story about his neighbour, a college math professor who disappeared and whose mutilated body was found three months later. Poe told us that he’s lived in at least seventy different places all over North America, but leaving the continent finally and getting a chance to see Australia is his biggest thrill yet. Poe will feature at the Festival in various sessions including a conversation with ABC Radio presenter Richard Fidler at the Byron Community Centre.
Festival goers will also be treated to a fascinating insight into Australia’s future direction on the world stage by our 22nd Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser (pictured). He will discuss his new book, Dangerous Allies, in which he asks whether our country should continue to follow our policy of strategic dependence or move towards a more strategically independent foreign policy.
We’re thrilled that Mem Fox, one of Australia’s best-loved picture book authors (who can forget Possum Magic and Where is the Green Sheep?) is one of the headline acts in the children’s marquee this year.
The big reveal of the entire program and huge list of over 100 writers and thinkers will take place on 6 June and we can’t wait to share our line up of literary stars. From this date you can purchase the full range of Day Passes, workshops, literary lunches and feature events. All a passionate reader and writer could desire.
In coming weeks we’ll tantalise you with the literary treats we have in store. We’re bringing you the newest books, the freshest voices, the boldest ideas at the Festival writers clamour to attend.
For writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction living in regional NSW and the greater Sydney area.
The LitLink Residential Fellowships and The LitLInk Unpublished Manuscript Award are supported by Arts NSW, Byron Bay Writers Festival & Varuna the National Writers House.
Closing date: 30 April 2014
A LitLink Residential Fellowship offers writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction living in regional NSW and the greater Sydney area a two-week creative residency at Varuna the National Writers House in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW.
The Fellowship includes full board and accommodation at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and the opportunity to receive feedback on your work from a Varuna Consultant. Varuna awards five Litlink Fellowships to writers living in regional NSW each year. A Writer applying for a Litlink Fellowship, who has a complete unpublished manuscript, may also chose to enter their work into the Litlink Unpublished Manuscript Award (conditions apply).
The winner of The LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award receives a VIP pass to the Byron Bay Writers Festival and feedback on their full manuscript from a Varuna Consultant. The winner of the Award is publicly announced each year at the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
For full details and to apply go to CLICK HERE
or call VARUNA: (02) 4782 5674