The Byron Bay Writers Festival has just launched its 2014 program. Festival director Edwina Johnson says the program is designed to challenge, provoke, connect and inspire.
‘We’ve created a stimulating program featuring a strong core of powerful Australian writers together with acclaimed international talents. Securing celebrated UK author, Jeanette Winterson, is an enormous coup for the festival. She’s considered one of the world’s top ten writers to see live and will deliver the festival’s keynote address.
‘Cognisant of David Suzuki’s belief that “mounting climate evidence underscores the need to act” we have again afforded the environment a strong focus this year. We’re looking forward to Bob Brown’s session with Tim Flannery exploring an environmental vision for Australia.’
Johnson also says the festival team has continued with its tradition of not shying away from the complicated issues. ‘Julian Burnside, Antony Loewenstein, Joanne McCarthy, and Kate McClymont are all attending. We expect robust debate about how our country treats some of the world’s most vulnerable people.’
On a lighter note you can travel the Indian spice route with fêted chef Christine Manfield at her Literary Lunch at the Byron at Byron resort. Saturday’s supper with substance will be dished up by Julian Burnside and Frank Moorhouse in conversation with Sian Prior.
Festival founder Chris Hanley says, ‘Curating any landmark international literary festival requires knowledge, dexterity and passion. Certainly, this year’s festival signposts Byron Bay as a destination literary event.’
The Byron Bay Writers Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort August 1–3, with workshops commencing on July 28. For more festival information or to purchase tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.