Full line-up is re­leased for By­ron think fes­ti­val

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Steve Vi­vian steve.vi­vian@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

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.

PHOTO: EVAN MAL­COLM

PRO­VOK­ING AND IN­SPIR­ING: Stan Grant at the 2016 By­ron Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

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