Funny business at festival

Looking for a laugh while you are at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival?

Then get along to the festival’s ‘Comedy Hour Or Two’ to be held at the Byron Theatre at the Byron Bay Community Centre on Saturday, August 7, at 8pm.

Join an alarmingly sharp and devilishly clever group of Australian writers of comedy and satire as they dissect their process of writing.

Learn their influences and anxieties and share their moments when they feel they’ve gone too far.

Lily Bragge, John Doyle, Tony Martin, Tim Pye and Akmal Saleh are ready and waiting to spill the beans on their funny business.

Also at the Byron Theatre on Saturday, August 7, at 5pm is ‘Meet Kathy Lette’.

Kathy first achieved success as a teenager with the novel ‘Puberty Blues’ – now a major motion picture.

After several years as a singer and a newspaper columnist in Sydney and New York, Kathy became an international best-seller with her nine novels.

Kathy lives in London with her husband, human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, and two children, and she has just finished a stint as writer in residence at London’s Savoy Hotel.

She will go head-to-head in conversation with ABC Radio’s Simon Marnie.

 On Friday, August 6, at 7pm, festival-goers will have the chance to meet Bret Easton Ellis.

Twenty-five years ago, New York Times bestselling author Bret Easton Ellis defined a generation with his memorable and acclaimed debut novel ‘Less Than Zero’. Since then he has gone on to write another four cult classics with his tales of the depravity and inhumanity of modern life.

Join the legendary American writer on his first visit to Australia as he engages in conversation with ABC Radio National book show host Ramona Koval.

Tickets to all these events are available by phoning Jetset Travel on 6685 6262 or online at

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