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First Dog on the Moon (in a shark suit) paid tribute to Bronwyn Bishop for her contribution to cartooning at the 2015 Writers Festival's first public event at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday (August 5).  Photo Jeff 'Blood in the Water' Dawson
First Dog on the Moon (in a shark suit) paid tribute to Bronwyn Bishop for her contribution to cartooning at the 2015 Writers Festival’s first public event at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday (August 5).
Photo Jeff ‘Blood in the Water’ Dawson

Always up with the latest trends, Byron Bay Writers Festival chose First Dog on the Moon to kick off its 2015 event at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday night.

Mr Moon chose as the theme of his talk, the current bête noir of Australian politics, Bronwyn Bishop.

Founding festival director, Chris Handley, conducted a Q & A after the Dog’s hilariously sad Powerpoint presentation.

Speaking of politicians, it appears that Julia Gillard is more popular in exile than she was in government: the Saturday session that features her has already sold out.

But there is much more to see, with tickets to today and Sunday still on sale (no pensioners’ concessions, alas, but discounted youth tickets are available for Sunday).

Special events spread as far and wide as Tweed Regional Gallery (food events) and Lennox Head Community Centre (film evening with Margaret Pomeranz).

Here are a couple of photos from last night’s opening party; Writers-launch-party-2



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