Kathy Lette . . . part of the festival line-up.
Kathy Lette . . . part of the festival line-up.

Festival program has broad appeal

The Byron Bay Writers Festival has announced its program for 2010 – a line-up packed with broad appeal.


 Festival director Jeni Caffin said it was a nerve-wracking process preparing for the great unveiling.


 “Once the program is out there, it’s tantamount to revealing the entire contents of my head for the past six months and one has to trust that potential audiences will find the result as interesting as I have,” she said.


“Ticket sales since the program was released would indicate that this is the case, with workshops, features and food events booking strongly.


“This really is a program with broad appeal, and whether your interests lie in sport, journalism, literary fiction, history or humour, there’s a swag of panels, conversations and readings to suit.”


Ms Caffin said the festival was delighted to acknowledge the support of ABC3 as marquee sponsors for the festival for the very first time.


“I am proud as punch to welcome this visionary new sponsor,” she said.


The ABC3 marquee will host the Saturday ‘Kids Day’ on August 7 and will also be the venue for many of the sessions featuring young writers or those writing for a youth market.


Some of the writers you will meet in the ABC3 marquee include Singapore’s Shamini Flint, Ursula Dubosarsky, riotous Terry Denton, and how about Matthew Reilly, Phillip Gwynne, Randa Abdel-Fattah and action man Jack Heath.


 Adding to the growing list of festival supporters are The Yalumba Wine Company and the progressive Avant Card organisation.


Festival dates are August 6 to 8 and tickets for the marquees and all features, workshops, breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be found at www.byronbaywritersfestival.com or by calling Jetset Byron Bay on 66856262.


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