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Whether writers, journalists, poets, comedians, models, professors, psychoanalysts, solicitors, chefs, festival directors, singer/songwriters, publishers or travellers – a cast of fabulous women will provide a prominent voice at this year’s Byron Bay Writers’ Festival as they take on issues, big and small.

Festival Director Edwina Johnson has planned special sessions to highlight contemporary social concerns affecting women globally. ‘We’ll obtain some incredible insights into complex issues faced by women in areas such as education, the media, the military and more.’

Saturday’s session titled Half The Sky: The Need to Educate Girls and Women will focus on a pivotal and urgent campaign. Always a favourite with Byron Bay audiences, Susan Wyndham, the literary editor at The Sydney Morning Herald will chair this session, which features Tristan Bancks, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Christine Manfield and Qaisra Shahraz.

Local authors Dr Jesse Blackadder and Joanna Immig will discuss Women in a Male World: the Media, Identity and Self-worth with chair and Literary Editor of New Philosopher magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Womankind, Antonia Case.

One festival guest bound to captivate audiences will be former top model and international best-selling novelist, journalist and award-winning short-story writer, Tara Moss. Moss will join memoirist Kate Holden and popular comedian Jean Kittson on Festival Saturday in the session titled The Woman of Many Parts.

Adding to the powerful rollcall is Clare Wright, whose book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize, Australia’s premier literary award celebrating women’s writing.

Festivalgoers are also sure to enjoy the session Shi*t Asian Mothers Say with Michelle Law and her brother Benjamin.

The star-studded program also features five-time Walkley winner and one of the country’s most respected investigative journalists, Kate McClymont; fellow journalists, Jane Caro and Joanne McCarthy; children’s author Mem Fox who has written more than 40 books for kids; singer/songwriter Missy Higgins; celebrated chef Christine Manfield; psychoanalyst and social critic Susie Orbach; former British Army officer, hostage survivor and war crimes prosecutor, Rabia Siddique; renowned British writer, Jeanette Winterson and so many more fabulous women.

For all tickets and booking information go to www.byronbaywritersfesitval.com.

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