Silver lining as drawcard cancels
The major drawcard for this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival, Fatima Bhutto, has cancelled.
Festival director Jeni Caffin said Fatima had withdrawn from the festival as well as her other Australian commitments.
“Festival organisers deeply regret the disappointment caused,” she said.
“However, a silver lining has emerged.
“The cancellation has created the opportunity to invite war journalist and Moscow bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, Megan Stack.”
Megan has reported on war, terrorism, and political Islam from 22 countries since 2001.
She was awarded the 2006 Overseas Press Club of America’s Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad, and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for her Iraq coverage.
Megan has released a new book digging beneath the surface of war and terrorism to reveal the trauma caused to humanity.
‘Every Man in This Village is a Liar: an education in war’ will form the subject of her keynote one-on-one conversation with ABC 7.30 Report host Kerry O’Brien.
Megan will also participate in Friday’s massive ‘powers of politics’ session, as well as sharing a Sunday conversation on fanaticism and terrorism with three-time Walkley Award-winning journalist Sally Neighbour, and chaired by Washington’s Janet Steele.
William McInnes will also return to this year’s festival.
With three books under his belt, this star of big and small screen, including the series Blue Heelers and Sea Change, will join the festival with a new book, ‘The Making of Modern Australia’, published alongside the forthcoming ABC television series of the same name.
You can catch William in the SCU marquee on Saturday, August 7.
To run from August 6-8 at the former Byron Bay Beach Resort, Byron Writers Festival tickets are available from www.byronbaywritersfestival.com or Jetset Byron Bay phone 66856262.