Lette a headliner at festival

Co-author of the renowned ‘Puberty Blues’ and prolific writer Kathy Lette will be one of the headliners at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Kathy established herself as a columnist in Australia and New York, before ‘reinventing’ herself as a television sitcom writer.

With her wickedly humorous pitch on contemporary relationships, Kathy soon became an international best-selling author with books such as ‘Girls Night Out’, ‘The Llama Parlour’, ‘Foetal Attraction’, ‘Mad Cows’ and ‘Altar Ego’.

Festival director Jeni Caffin said she was delighted that Kathy was coming to the 2010 festival.

“To me, a festival should be an inclusive and inviting celebration of thought and the written word and in her 30 years of writing, Kathy has provided readers with much to think about and a great many very funny if risqué words,” she said.

“Last year I was announcing that the Byron Bay Writers Festival had taken silk with the participation of Geoffrey Robertson QC in the line-up, now I am thinking leopard print and lace as I look forward to welcoming his wife, the ‘queen of the quip’.

“It’s entirely due to the increased support of the Macquarie Group that I am able to bring Kathy Lette from London to our audiences.”

Kathy will participate in a number of conversations and panels across the festival program.

“Another coup for the festival is Gretel Pinniger, more commonly known as Madam Lash,” Jeni said.

“Gretel is an iconic and pivotal figure in Australia’s popular culture and has challenged conventional perceptions of art for decades.

“When I also heard that Sam Everingham had just completed her biography, it was obvious that this was the moment to bring her to our festival for the very first time.

“And of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pair Kathy and Gretel in a public conversation.

“That’s a session not to be missed!”

Earlybird three-day passes are now on sale from www.byronbaywritersfestival.com

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