Byron Bay Writers Festival director Jill Eddington, pictured yesterday, was busy but delighted with successs of the festival.
Byron Bay Writers Festival director Jill Eddington, pictured yesterday, was busy but delighted with successs of the festival.

International writers add new depth to Byron?s word fest

By BREE PRICE

IT'S 12pm on Sunday and Byron Bay Writers Festival director Jill Eddington has an armful of documents and her mobile phone is constantly ringing.

The week-long festival is only hours away from wrapping up, but Ms Eddington is still flat out overseeing its every detail.

It's hectic but she doesn't stop smiling as she describes the festival's resounding success this year.

"Friday and Saturday sold out and about 33,000 people attended the festival over the week," she said.

"The audience really embraced the program, there has been such a depth of writers. The writers articulated the ideas in the program so well to the audience, I was so dependent on that as the director."

Ms Eddington said one highlight was the four international authors because it was the first time the program had expanded to include writers other than Australians.

But before this year's program even concluded, Ms Eddington was already thinking about next year.

"At this stage there are no thoughts there will be any change (to location)," she said.

"We'll have a couple of weeks off then get straight back into planning."



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