Put the Byron Bay Writers Festival in your diaries

WRITERS' season is just around the corner in Byron Bay and local literati are pencilling in "BBWF" from August 7-9 in their Moleskin notebooks and online calendars.

Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF), Australia's largest regional literary event, will deliver more than 160 sessions featuring celebrated international and Australian authors, thinkers and innovators.

Among this year's line-up are global heavyweight Tariq Ali and best-seller David Vann as well as a powerful line-up of Australian voices including Helen Garner, Kate Grenville and Julia Gillard.

"More and more there is a need to cultivate community conversations about the issues that matter, and to explore the creative process," festival director Edwina Johnson said.

"I invite you to join us to examine the world as it is and imagine how it might be."

In an Australian exclusive, the festival will present Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma whose debut novel The Fishermen has received plaudits from across the literary world.

The festival will also play host to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Treasurer Wayne Swan, two former state Premiers Anna Bligh and Carmen Lawrence, along with Maxine McKew the journalist who unseated Prime Minister John Howard at the 2007 election.

"Our 2015 line-up will continue to build our international reputation as a 'must see' literary event," said festival founder and chairman Chris Hanley.

"Where else can you walk along pristine ocean beaches and be inspired by some of the world's most famous and important authors?"

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