Renowned playwright guest at writers' festival

FRESH from his success at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the renowned David Williamson will join an incredible cast of playwrights at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival from August 5 to 7.
Festival director Candida Baker is passionate about bringing all forms of words to the festival.
“I have always been fascinated by the process of bringing words to life on the stage,” she said.
“We are honoured to have some of Australia’s most talented playwrights attending the festival including the acclaimed Joanna Murray-Smith and multi-talented Brendan Cowell.”
This year sees Williamson mark 40 years since the classic hit play Don’s Party cemented his place on the Australian theatre scene.
Since then, the multi-award winning writer has developed more than 40 plays and collaborated on the screenplays of the iconic films including Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously.
“David’s works are always thought-provoking and his latest play Don Parties On will no doubt be a popular talking point at the festival,” Ms Baker said.
 Joanna Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s most successful playwrights with her work produced around the world including on Broadway and at the Royal National Theatre in London.
Australian actor, playwright and director, Brendan Cowell’s debut novel How It Feels is also sure to generate lively discussion.
“A book that kicks-off with the narrator trying, and failing, to lose his virginity and explores teenage suicide is certain to create some animated discussion,” Ms Baker said.
Ms Baker believes all the playwrights encompass the essence of the Feel the Passion festival.
“I wanted to create a festival of words brought to life through all mediums – films, novels, art, plays, poetry and song,” she said.
“Our playwrights are a great example of using words in many different ways from writing plays, to scripts, to novels, to television series and also performing words as an actor.”
Festival tickets are available from or call 1300 368 552.

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