THE Byron Bay Writers Festival may still be two months away, but earlybird tickets are flying out the door.
Festival director Candida Baker said that compared with the same time last year, there had been a 15 per cent increase in ticket sales.
“If people are thinking about coming to the festival, I advise them to visit the office or the website now,” Ms Baker said.
“We are experiencing strong sales from NSW, but have sold tickets to every State and Territory.
“We are also expecting visitors from Dubai and New Zealand.”
The Feel the Passion- themed festival, with its strong mix of local and international talent, its focus on words from a diverse range of mediums including music, art, sculpture and drama and a youth day packed with some of Australia’s and the world’s best up-coming talent, is sure to prove a tantalising mix of entertainment.
Ms Baker said she was thrilled to announce that award-winning film and documentary director Gillian Armstrong would attend the festival. Ms Armstrong is famous for films such as My Brilliant Career, Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda and Charlotte Gray and documentaries including Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives Of Florence Broadhurst and Love, Lust and Lies.
She said it was a privilege to welcome Gillian to the program.
“I anticipate she will be a very popular speaker,” Ms Baker said.
After announcing James Redfield (Celestine Prophecies) and Louis de Bernieres (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), Ms Baker has more exciting news.
“Visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with the largest number of international writers ever presented at the festival,” she said.
“There are some wonderful surprises coming tomorrow (June 10) when we announce the full festival program.
“There really is something for everyone.”
Ms Baker feels a great sense of responsibility managing the 15th annual festival. “As a community, we should be immensely proud of our festival,” she said.
“It has grown from humble beginnings to now what is arguably Australia’s most-loved literary festival.
“It’s a party no one should miss.”
The writers festival will be held at the North Beach (formerly Byron Bay Beach Resort) from August 5 to 7 with workshops from August 1.
To purchase tickets go to www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300368552.
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