I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
The Byron Bay Writers' Festival will reach its sixteenth year in 2012. The event brings together writers from Australia and around the world, along with editors, publishers and, of course, the readers. This year's event will take place on August 3-5, between 9am to 5pm at North Beach in Byron Bay, where seven beautiful marquees will host conversations, panels, readings, lectures and book launches.
Among the guests at this year's festival are Melbourne academic Tony Birch, author of Blood, and Alex Miller, author of Autumn Laing , whose novels were longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Another Australian authors include Elliot Perlman, whose The Street Sweeper won the Indie Book of the Year in the Fiction category. John Marsden, author of the hugely-successful Tomorrow series, will also be at the festival. You can look at the sessions they will be appearing at and the entire program here. For parents, keep in mind that on Festival Sunday, an entire marquee will be dedicated to children's authors, with ABC3 personalities Amberley Lobo and Kayne Tremills hosting the children's program.
Each session at the festival will be about an hour long and authors will usual offer book signings at the end. You can buy their books at the festival's official bookseller, Collins Booksellers, who will operate a bookshop onsite.
Tickets are not event specific either. Instead, they include entry to the entire festival for between one and three days, so you are free to wander between the marquees or visit the coffee and food vendors (you are able to bring your own food).
There will be a Byron Bay Writers Festival shuttle bus service operating throughout the festival.The shuttle will run from Byron Bay town centre to North Beach throughout the Festival, every 30 minutes from 8.30am to 6pm and will cost $3 per person, per trip. The pick-up points will be Shirley Street, Apartments Inn (Fletcher Street) and Byron Bay Bus Terminal (Jonson St, outside the Byron Visitors' Centre). Parking is limited so this service is recommended.
In 2010, over 50,000 individual tickets were sold, mainly to readers looking to meet the author's of their favourite books. If this sounds like you, why not make your way to this great seaside event. If you enjoy it enough, you may even think about volunteering at the event next year.