Byron Bay Writers Festival tickets on sale tomorrow

Writers Festival director Edwina Johnson with operations manager, Sarah Ma. Photo Jeff Dawson

Writers Festival director Edwina Johnson with operations manager, Sarah Ma. Photo Jeff Dawson

Former prime minister Julia Gillard, Joan London, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville and Jackie French have been announced as the first- round line-up guest speakers for the Byron Bay Writers Festival, to be held August 7 to 9.

Early bird tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow (April 17) and director Edwina Johnson says it’s ‘shaping up to be a festival showcasing a line-up of strong, female Australian voices.’

Kids will also have the opportunity to meet their literary heroes in Kids Big Day Out, which returns in 2015.

‘This much-loved event features the biggest line-up of children’s authors to date, including one of Australia’s best-loved children’s authors, Jackie French, whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Kids will also be entertained by the popular illustrator Terry Denton and Australian superstar author Andy Griffiths.’

The full program is announced on June 12 and workshops begin on August 3.

Early bird 3-day pass includes entry to the festival site from 7 -9 August, cost is $230 or $195 for students and members of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre.

For more info visit the festival website.

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