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Byron Writers Festival locals’ passes on sale June 13

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Byron Writers Festival and First National Byron have  partnered again to offer Sunday Locals Passes.

The discounted ticket is for entry to the festival on Sunday August 11, and is exclusively available to residents of the Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed Council areas.

Chris Hanley, CEO of First National Byron and Byron Writers Festival founder said, ‘Sunday at the festival has always been special for the locals. Chilled, relaxed and filled with laughter on the last day, Sunday is the perfect opportunity to experience the atmosphere and get a taste of this wonderful event. Byron Writers Festival has been built and sustained by a passionate local community, so we’re very proud to support the Sunday locals’ tickets for residents of the Northern Rivers’.

Sunday sessions

Jessica Alice, Artistic Director Byron Writers Festival, added, ‘The Sunday Locals Passes are a great way to access some of the best of the festival, and they sell out every year. There will be more than 30 sessions on festival Sunday, featuring writers of all genres to choose from. As always, the festival will be an open format with sessions in marquees that ticket holders can wander between as they enjoy the day. We are so grateful to First National Byron for making these discounted tickets available to our community.’

Organisers say Sunday Locals Passes are a limited release and will be available from 9am Thursday June 13 at byronwritersfestival.com/festival, over the phone, or in person at Byron Writers Festival’s office. Purchasers will need to present proof of address at entry to the festival and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person.

The first round of authors announced include international bestsellers Trent Dalton and Jane Harper; acclaimed writer and farmer Bruce Pascoe; Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan; Irish novelist Caoilinn Hughes; PEN award-winning author and poet Nam Le; playwright and novelist Suzie Miller; investigative journalist and debut novelist Louise Milligan; and local speculative fiction writer Mykaela Saunders.

The full program of more than 150 writers, thinkers and commentators to be revealed on June 19.

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