Writers Fest road trip to entertain readers in five towns

Jesse Blackadder is one of this year's Fab Five
Jesse Blackadder is one of this year's Fab Five

THE Byron Writers Festival 2016 is again hosting the Five Writers Road Trip, which will see five writers head to five towns in five days, talking writing and reading for free at pubs, clubs, cafes, galleries, schools, libraries, service stations, bus stops... anywhere really.

This year's Fab Five are Luke Carman, Kate Forsyth, Gabbie Stroud, Jesse Blackadder and Miles Merrill, captained by evil genius and holder of an unblemished van license, Zacharey Jane.

They'll hit the road on Friday July 29, stopping in at Coffs Harbour, Mullumbimby, Ballina, Brunswick Heads and Lennox Head, before ending up at the Byron Writers Festival on Saturday August 6.

"Word has spread since last year's fantastic 'Five Writers' tour sparking requests from readers throughout northern NSW for the 555 creative crew to visit their town," Festival Director, Edwina Johnson, said.

"The Fab Five have a full coastal itinerary planned that's bound to enthrall and entertain."

The Five Writers Road Trip will be beaming in to:

Coffs Harbour - Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July

  • 12pm Friday - Coffs Harbour Library
  • 6:30pm Friday - Latitude 30 Bistro
  • 11am Saturday - Coffs Central

Mullumbimby - Saturday 30 July

  • 6:30pm - Courthouse Hotel

Ballina - Sunday 31 July

  • 1:30pm - Ballina Library
  • 6pm - Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Brunswick Heads - Monday 1 August

  • 7pm - Brunswick Picture House

Lennox Head - Tuesday 2 August

  • 7pm - Club Lennox

The 555 tour is tasked with carrying good books and fine writers to places no writers' festival has ever gone before.

This year's Five Writers Road Trip is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Byron Writers Festival. News of their exploits will be broadcast on Local ABC Radio by legendary underground operative Jo Shoebridge.

Topics:  byron bay writers festival writers festival

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