As readers of this blog, most of you will know I’m the Chair of the Byron Writers Festival and things are really hotting up for our 21st birthday Festival.
We have announced some of our writers and commentators including acclaimed Australian novelists Kate Grenville and Hannah Kent; crime writer Michael Robotham; journalists Tony Jones, David Marr and Kate Cole-Adams; satirist John Safran; Sudanese refugee and lawyer Deng Thiak Adut and co-author of Deng’s biography, journalist Ben Mckelvey; musician and fiction writer Holly Throsby and beloved children’s authors Sally Rippin and Morris Gleitzman.
International guests will include award-winning science writer Dava Sobel whose recent book The Glass Universe (which I'm currently reading) uncovers the hidden history of female astronomers; American biology professor and Pulitzer Prize finalist David George Haskell who puts a stethoscope to nature’s most magnificent networkers and listens to The Song of Trees; acclaimed UK writer and foreign affairs reporter Christina Lamb whose book Nujeen tells one girl's incredible journey from war-torn Syria in a wheelchair; and celebrated visual artist Venkat Shyam from India.
We will launch the full program this Wednesday and you can check it out at the Byron Writers Festival website.
The Festival has such relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is held on the beachfront. I’d love to see you all here in Byron for Australia’s most popular regional literary festival.