Literary festival is launch pad for 13 new books

This year's Byron Bay Writers Festival will feature the launch of 13 new books - each a celebration of the written word.

Reaching across a mass of topics and genres, the 'Launchpad' marquee will offer meetings with writers and samples of books.

Local author Marele Day will launch her new book 'The Sea Bed'.

Releasing his debut novel is ex-rugby league professional Matt Nable, who has written 'We Don't Live Here Anymore'.

“Where do exiles begin their stories?” asks the central character in Victoria Thompson's new book 'City of Longing'.

Victoria's memoir 'Losing Alexandria' was a best seller at home and abroad.

Festival director Jeni Caffin said that these were but three of the books hovering on the brink of discovery.

“Whether it's fiction or memoir, inspiration or education, there's something for everyone at the Launchpad,” she said.

The festival will be held at Belongil Fields from August 7 to 9 with workshops from August 3.

For tickets go to or phone Jetset on 66856262.

Three-day passes are $195/$170; two-day passes cost $160/$135; one-day passes are $85/$70 and children's tickets cost $25/20.

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