The Byron Writers Festival 2017 will unfold this weekend (4-6 August) in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron resort.
Over 130 special guests will attend this beach-side event to partake in writers’ workshops, satellite events and literary dinners throughout Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region.
Acclaimed Australian novelists attending include Kate Grenville, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Hannah Kent, and A.S. Patric. They will be joined by best-selling Australian crime writers Michael Robotham and Jock Serong.
Richard Roxburgh and Andrew Knight take us behind the scenes of the hugely popular TV-series Rake. Seventies pop star, barrister and Australian Idol judge Mark Holden spins the chair for us on the TV and music industries.
Master illusionist and escapologist Cosentino will share his greatest trick – how he learned to read – and was transformed from a bullied, isolated 12-year-old boy with learning difficulties to one of the world’s most popular magicians. Sudanese refugee Deng Adut will recount his journey from child soldier to lawyer and 2017 NSW Australian of the Year alongside his co-author Ben Mckelvey.
The Festival also features media luminaries Julia Baird, Paul Barclay, Jennifer Byrne, Richard Fidler, Clementine Ford, Antony Funnell, Peter Helliar, John Lyons, Kerry O’Brien, Tracey Spicer, Lisa Wilkinson and Tony Jones who will talk about his debut novel and political thriller The Twentieth Man.
For the full guest list and festival program, click here.
Listen to these podcasts before attending the festival
Journalist Tony Jones takes us from the savage mountains of Yugoslavia to Canberra’s brutal yet covert power struggles in The Twentieth Man, a novel that’s intelligent, informed and utterly suspenseful. Award-winning Hannah Kent discusses The Good People, her thoroughly engrossing, lyrical and unsettling literary novel. And award-winning Jock Serong discusses his latest novel, On the Java Ridge, a literary novel with the pace and tension of a political thriller.
Michael Robotham discusses his compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, The Secrets She Keeps. Former child solder and refuee Deng Adut chats about Songs of a War Boy. Richard Fidler discusses Ghost Empire.
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