Byron Bay Writers' Festival getting bigger and better

Paul Kelly, pictured at the 2011 Byron Bay Writers' Festival, will be back again this year.
Paul Kelly, pictured at the 2011 Byron Bay Writers' Festival, will be back again this year. Jay Cronan

WITH three days, five marquees, 130 writers, and 90 panels, workshops, literary lunches, launches, a bountiful food village, a book store bristling with stock, big names and new voices, this year's Byron Bay Writers' Festival has more than ever to offer, festival director Jeni Caffin said yesterday.

"You could not get a more diverse range of writers that are going to be at this year's festival," she said.

"It's a cliché when people say 'we've got something for everyone', but it's true! We do!"

One thing which she personally can't wait for, she said, was Peter Carey's special event, The Madness in the Method, at 5.30pm Saturday at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

To sit in the same room with this guy, she said, was an absolute privilege.

"I just think that for people who have never been to a literary festival, this is the one to come to," she said.

Friday's line-up includes ex-Labor front bencher Simon Crean, political journalist Kerry O'Brien, songwriters Paul Kelly and Archie Roach, Lucky Oceans, Catherine Deveny, Anne Summers, George Megalogenis, Peter Carey and with DBC Pierre.

Check out the full program of events.

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