Magda Szubanksi Book Launch. She will be at the Byron Bay Writers Festival this year.
Magda Szubanksi Book Launch. She will be at the Byron Bay Writers Festival this year. Geoff Potter

Literary lovers can get their early bird tickets for Writers Festival

FEATURED artists for this year’s Byron Writers Festival include Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan, Cheryl Strayed, Charlotte Wood and Madga Szubanski in a stellar line-up of more than 150 writers, poets, journalists, politicians and thinkers.

They will converge on Byron Bay from August 5-7 to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary.

“There is appealing synchronicity too in the fact that (William Finnegan’s) Pulitzer Prize winning memoir Barbarian Days carries the sub-title: A Surfing Life.” Festival Director Edwina Johnson said.

Discounted Early Bird tickets go on sale on May 18 and if history is any indication, they will sell fast.

“Last year, we had sell-out days on Festival Friday and Saturday, so I encourage everyone to order tickets early to avoid disappointment.”

Finnegan will be joined by fellow American author Cheryl Strayed whose bestselling memoir Wild was made into an Oscar-nominated film. Her books have been translated into 40 languages.

Australian authors will include the provocative and fearless writer Charlotte Wood whose unflinching novel The Natural Way of Things recently won the Stella Prize.

She will share the limelight with one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers, Magda Szubanski.

Szubanski recently won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction for her remarkable memoir Reckoning that tells not only her own life story but of the bravery of her Polish family in WW2.

Early Bird tickets are only on sale until June 14, unless sold out prior.

The full Festival Program will be announced on 15 June.

Early Bird Tickets now on sale at www.byronwritersfestival.com.au



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