Full line-up is released for Byron think festival
TICKETS are now on sale for August’s Byron Writers Festival, after the full program of 140 guests was unveiled today, including a diverse array of writers, thinkers and commentators.
Byron Writers Festival – regional Australia’s largest literary event – is one of Australia’s most important gatherings of intellectuals and artists each year.
Top-lining the guest list are names such as Manal al-sharif, Jessie Cole, Michelle de Kretser and Robert Drewe.
Other prominent names to feature on the line-up are acclaimed writers Tom Keneally and crime sensation Jane Harper.
Byron Writers Festival has attracted thinkers not just from the local and hyper-local literary scene but also boasts international guests such as Saudi activist al-sharif, North Korean defector and New York
Times best-seller Hyeonseo
Lee (The Girl with Seven Names), Norwegian investigative journalists Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Saeter, whose book Catching
Thunder tells the true story of the world’s longest sea chase, and the extraordinary Woman in the Wilderness, Miriam Lancewood.
Out of the Forest‘s
Gregory Smith, who for 10 years lived in near-total isolation in northern NSW foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce, will be there to tell his story.
Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and Anne Aly, Australia’s first female federal parliamentarian of Muslim faith who recently released her memoir Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra, are also on the line-up.
“I am thrilled to introduce such diverse, talented writers and influential thinkers and know they will spark fascinating and inspiring conversations,” Byron Writers Festival director Edwina Johnson said.
“There will truly be something for everyone this year.”
General release tickets and separately ticketed feature events and workshops can be found at byronwritersfestival.com.
PROVOKING AND INSPIRING: Stan Grant at the 2016 Byron Writers Festival.