Early birds will certainly get the bookworms at Byron Writers Festival 2017 (4-6 August), again heralding an outstanding cast of Australian and international writers and commentators. The first roll call of authors and thinkers set to converge on the iconic coastal town includes 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 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.
Festival Director Edwina Johnson said she is thrilled to reveal this initial line-up of guests in what promises to be an exciting and powerful Festival program. “Byron Writers Festival has developed into one of Australia’s most significant literary events but has always retained a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This year’s program is full of compelling, diverse voices that will surely inspire many entertaining conversations and discoveries throughout the Festival.”
Early Bird Tickets for Byron Writers Festival go on sale on 24 May until sold out. The full program will be announced on 14 June. Byron Writers Festival 4-6 August 2017. Tickets at byronwritersfestival.com