SEE HER: Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites, will feature at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival.
SEE HER: Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites, will feature at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival. Nicholas Purcell

Guessing game's up on Byron Bay Writers Festival program

WHO'S made the guest list and what's on at this year's Byron Bay Writers Festival has been whispered for months, but the guessing game's over with the big reveal of the 2013 program.

BBWF organisers believe that this is a program to inspire not just writers, but readers and thinkers of all ages, all tastes and across all genres.

Three days, five venues, 130 writers, 90 panels, challenging workshops, sumptuous literary lunches, book launches, compelling authors, a food village showcasing the region's best produce, a book store bristling with stock and busy book-signing tent - it's a Byron experience you mustn't miss.

From August 2-4, the green fields of the North Byron Events site will once again sparkle with beautiful silken flags and vast white marquees.

The 17th annual festival will be a celebration of words and ideas, set against a beautiful, natural background where the vibe is electric, the mood relaxed and focus on the word intense.

With last year's festival proving the most popular so far, the 2013 event is soaring, with record earlybird tickets flying out the door.

"The interest is testament to the enduring and stimulating program we offer," festival director Jeni Caffin said.

"The festival offers a unique chance to rub shoulders with literary heroes and discover debut authors.

"We are proud to present Hannah Kent and Graeme Simsion, whose books have been the subject of massive bidding campaigns in Australian publishing and international publishing."

The cross-cultural ties continue to broaden with writers from across the world, including, for the first time, a writer from Myanmar."

With a line-up including Archie Roach, Maxine McKew, Simon Crean, Ross Coulthart, Michael Leunig, John Cantwell, Peter Fitzsimons, Sarah Turnbull, DBC Pierre, Andrea Goldsmith, Peter Carey, MJ Hyland, Anne Summers, Cate Kennedy and George Megalogenis, festivalgoers will be spoilt.

And August 4 sees a marquee dedicated to young readers hosted by Prime Possum and Maddie.

Byron Bay Writers Festival

The program and ticket information can be found at http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com or phone 6685 5115.



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