News

No rest for Jeni

TIME OUT: Jeni Caffin relaxes with a good book after a hectic festive season.
TIME OUT: Jeni Caffin relaxes with a good book after a hectic festive season. Jann Burmester

SHE found some time to put a set of Christmas lights on her head and drink a glass or two of champagne, but Jeni Caffin spent most of the festive season sending out invitations to 120 international, national and local writers who will spice up the program at this year's Byron Bay Writers' Festival.

Sixty of the writers have already accepted their invitations to the popular literary event, which will be held at the North Byron Events site from August 2-4.

"I was working right up until Christmas Day, but I was determined to get the invitations out," festival director Jeni said.

"Considering we are in the midst of the silly season, I think the response is fantastic.

"There are some amazing writers coming this year and I can't wait to get the program organised. It's already coming together in my head."

Some of those wordsmiths attending include an "incredible" Booker Prize winner; a "knockout" female writer from Burma; a journalist from the Gaza Strip; a "beautiful" young male Indonesian writer who's had a film made from his book; and some "wonderful" Australian writers including the author of a book which is being touted as the "next big thing" and was the subject of a bidding war between publishers.

Jeni said local writers would once again feature prominently, with the likes of Jesse Blackadder, Lisa Walker and Susanna Freymark.

The program will also feature lots of comedy, with some familiar faces as well as some new ones, lots of music with an "oh my god name" on the list, workshops, master classes, literary lunches and dinner.

"Food and stimulating conversation is always a winning combination," Jeni said.

"I'm also going to organise some walking tours which were always very popular at the Ubud Writers' Festival.

"Ubud has its rice paddies, but look at what Byron's got."

Jeni said 2013 was shaping up to be a watershed year in Australia for publishing.

"Everyone's talking doom and gloom about the future of the book industry but, when I sit with publishers, I see them taking a punt on first-time writers and books are being published from the slush piles," she said.

"The positive response I've had to the festival shows that books and the written word will always be popular.

"This year's program will be inspirational and kick-ass and I am celebrating being back in the director's chair."


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Rejection wins council praise from residents

LOCAL ANGER: Protesters at last year’s rally against development out on Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay.

Byron Shire residents welcome councils rejection of development

EDITORIAL: Homelessness- the conversation we have to have

STREET WISE: Robina Todd is typical of many sleeping on the streets around Byron Bay.

Homelessness in Byron Bay- the conversation we have to have.

Snag a stall for Brunswick’s Old and Gold

GOLDEN COUPLE: Will and Johanna White at last year’s Brunswick Heads Old and Gold Festival.

Brunswick's Old and Gold festival is on over the June long weekend.

Latest deals and offers

Only-child study seeks subjects

AS PART of a unique research project, Mullumbimby and HSC student Kaitlyn McMurtry is looking to contact families with just one child.

Rejection wins council praise from residents

LOCAL ANGER: Protesters at last year’s rally against development out on Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay.

Byron Shire residents welcome councils rejection of development

EDITORIAL: Homelessness- the conversation we have to have

STREET WISE: Robina Todd is typical of many sleeping on the streets around Byron Bay.

Homelessness in Byron Bay- the conversation we have to have.

Snag a stall for Brunswick’s Old and Gold

GOLDEN COUPLE: Will and Johanna White at last year’s Brunswick Heads Old and Gold Festival.

Brunswick's Old and Gold festival is on over the June long weekend.

Renewables on Greens agenda

ANOTHER GREEN WORLD: Byron Mayor Simon Richardson, Greens Richmond Candidate Dawn Walker, Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale and CEO of Enova Energy, Steve Harris.

Greens leaders were in Byron to promote sustainable energy.

Hurry! Reserved seating selling fast for Pro Bull Riding

Luke Nichols riding Rap Dancer at the PBR Bullriding Rural Weekly Live Series held at the Grafton Showgrounds. Photo:Bruce Thomas / Daily Examiner March 28, 2015

Numbered seats still available for PBR Live Series finale

Star Wars: Force Awakens told in Emojis

Disney has released an emoji version of The Force Awakens.

To commemorate Star Wars Day, Disney releases emoji version of film on a smart...

NYPD join dance challenge

New York Police respond to NZ dance challenge.

New York's finest accept Kiwi dance challenge.

NZ Police Issue Dance Challenge

NZ Police doing the running man dance.

Video of NZ Police doing the running man dance and challenging police forces around...

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances