The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival began in 1997, when a small group of locals led by Chris Hanley invited authors to spend a winter’s weekend in Byron Bay. Since then, the Festival has grown from a single venue event to fill four huge marquees and venues around town. The Festival brings writers together in an environment that nurtures and invigorates them as much as it does their audiences through a series of encounters with interesting minds across genres including poets, songwriters, politicians, historians, comedians, journalists, biographers, literary and mass market fiction writers, bloggers and tweeters.
The focus of the program is firmly on Australian writing, with recognition of our physical place in the world through the inclusion of Indonesian and Asian authors. Celebrated author Jeanette Winterson will deliver the 2014 Keynote Address at the Festival this year and Clare Wright, winner of the 2014 Stella Prize for her novel The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, will join an esteemed line-up of history writers.
For more information visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au