Getting ready for the sponsors launch of the Byron Bay Writers Festival are (from left) communications and member services manager Sarah Ma, editor of The Write Stuff Helen Fry, and festival director Jeni Caffin.
Getting ready for the sponsors launch of the Byron Bay Writers Festival are (from left) communications and member services manager Sarah Ma, editor of The Write Stuff Helen Fry, and festival director Jeni Caffin.

Writers Festival gets into swing with launch

It might still be months away, but the countdown to the 13th annual Byron Bay Writers Festival is about to start with the sponsors’ launch to be held tonight (April 2).
The launch, at the Byron Bay Community Centre, is held every year to thank sponsors for their support of the festival.
Festival director Jeni Caffin said that without the sponsors, there would be no festival.
“With the change of venue for this year’s festival, it’s going to be an expensive year,” she said.
 Major sponsors for the 2009 event, which will be held at Belongil Fields, include Macquarie Bank and Southern Cross University (SCU).
 They are joined by the Australian Women’s Weekly; two Sydney law firms Tresscox and Holding Redlich; as well as local businesses Dymocks; the Beach Hotel; Byron Bay First National; North Coast Ad Agency; Jetset Byron Bay and the Byron Shire News.
“Lots of other small businesses also support the festival and I want to thank them all,” Jeni said.
“The two Sydney law firms are incredibly supportive of Australian literature and the principals from both firms attend our festival and even chair sessions.
“The countdown to the festival is really on now, the juggernaut is about to be launched.”
The sponsors’ launch will start at 5.30pm and food and drinks will be served.
There will be several ‘fun’ speeches.
“Representatives from Macquarie Bank will attend and there will be a good lot of people from SCU,” Jeni said.
“Earlybird tickets will go on sale the next day (Friday, April 3), so get in quick and get your ticket for what will be another spectacular writers festival.”

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