With Khamal performing poems of passion, Paul Kelly live in concert, Louis de Bernieres reflecting on films and fiction, James Redfield on the Celestine Prophecies and Bill Leak’s hard-hitting cartoons, earlybird ticket sales for the 2011 Byron Bay Writers Festival are off to a flying start.
Festival director Candida Baker said ticket sales to date were breaking all previous records.
The 15th annual festival will be held from August 5 to 7.
Ms Baker is confident the amazing array of talent on the guest list will have people flocking to Byron Bay for what has arguably become Australia’s most-loved literary festival.
“2011 will be a year of breaking new ground for the festival,” she said.
“As well as the new In Search of Soul segments, this year for the first time we have on site a circus tent that will serve as a performance space for the wonderful array of live word-based performers that are attending.”
Another initiative for this year is the Byron Bay Writers Festival sculpture competition, which now carries prizemoney to the value of $10,000. The prize will be judged by Betty Churcher, ex-director of the National Gallery and curated by Dev Lengjel.
“I am thrilled to be involved in the inaugural Byron Bay Writer’s Festival sculpture prize,” Lengjel said.
Another change this year is that the kids’ day at the festival has changed from Saturday to Sunday to allow for kids’ sporting activities. Sunday will feature an all-day kids’ program in the ABC3 marquee with Alison Lester, Martine Murray, Maria V Snyder and James Roy – as well as the two youth hosts, Ambelie and Scotty.
With earlybird tickets flying the coop, Ms Baker suggests would-be visitors book as soon as they can.
For more information go to www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.
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