Byron Writers Festival 2018 announces first guests

Byron Writers Festival has offered a tantalising glimpse of its 2018 program, with guests such as Manal al-Sharif, Anne Aly, Jessie Cole, Jane Harper, Tom Keneally, Miriam Lancewood, Hyeonseo Lee, Tracey Moffatt, Tim Rogers, Lemn Sissay and Sarah Wilson all set to appear in what promises to be an oustanding program.

Acclaimed writers Robert Drewe, Tom Keneally, Michelle de Kretser and crime sensation Jane Harper will join Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif who challenged a kingdom of men by Daring to Drive; North Korean defector and New York Times bestseller Hyeonseo Lee, The Girl with Seven Names; Norwegian investigative journalists Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Saeter whose book Catching Thunder tells the true story of the world’s longest sea chase; the extraordinary Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood and Out of the Forest Gregory Smith who respectively lived for many years in the wilds of New Zealand and the forest of Northern NSW; Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek (pictured) and Anne Aly, Australia’s first female federal parliamentarian of Muslim faith who recently released her memoir Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra.

Also appearing at the 2018 Festival are Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO and The Coal Truth author David Ritter; acclaimed Australian visual artist Tracey Moffatt; musician, raconteur, You Am I front man and Detours memoirist Tim Rogers; UK poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay; hilarious Thai-riffic and Super Con-nerd children’s author Oliver Phommavanh; wellbeing activist, writer, minimalist and I QUIT Sugar entrepreneur Sarah Wilson whose recent book First, We Make the Beast Beautiful rethinks our approach to anxiety; Jessie Cole, whose beautiful memoir Staying is about the importance of home, family and forgiveness and finding peace in a place of pain; and this is just for starters!

The full program of more than 135 writers will be announced on 13 June, so now is your chance to secure Early Bird tickets to regional Australia’s largest literary event (if history is any indication, they will sell within days.) General Release tickets, including 3-Day passes, 1-Day passes and separately ticketed Feature Events and Workshops, will go on sale when the Full Program is announced on 13 June.

Byron Writers Festival runs 3-5 August 2018. Workshops: 30 July – 2 August. Tickets at

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