What’s On: Byron Writers Festival

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2017 is gearing up for another fantastic event featuring more than 130 guests over the 3-day festival. Set across six stages at the beachside festival site it will showcase a diverse range of writers’ workshops, satellite events and literary dinners throughout Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region.

Acclaimed Australian novelists in attendance will include Kate Grenville, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Hannah Kent, A.S. Patric, Nicolas Rothwell, Kim Scott and Byron Bay based Rob Drewe launching his new novel Whipbird at the Festival. They join a best-selling line-up of Australian crime writers, including David Free, Mirandi Riwoe (M.J. Tjia), Michael Robotham and Jock Serong.

While international guests include US novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker whose debut novel The Animators is a dazzling story of female friendship; one of Indonesia’s most influential writers Eka Kurniawan; and celebrated columnist for The New York Times Roger Cohen. They will be joined by acclaimed UK writer and foreign affairs reporter Christina Lamb; Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mei Fong whose recent book One Child reveals the true cost of China’s one-child policy, and by Indian-born British writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik who traces the developments from The Satanic Verses to Charlie Hebdo in his book From Fatwa to Jihad.

When: Friday 4 August – Sunday 6 August 2017
For tickets, program guide and more information: byronwritersfestival.com

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