Friday, 20 June 2014

Heads up / Byron Bay Writers Festival

Following on from yesterday’s post about #Fast, in Malaysia, here's a heads up from Edwina Johnson, Director, Byron Bay Writers Festival, that this year’s edition will include plenty of Asian interest:  

From Australia, we have brother and sister combo Benjamin and Michelle Law, the long-suffering children of an Asian Mother, appearing in various panels to discuss their latest book, Sh*t Asian Mothers Say. Meanwhile, Australian / Indian writer and human rights lawyer Rabia Siddique will be on hand to discuss her memoir Equal Justice.   

From further afield we have: Indonesian travel writer Agustinus Wibowo; Tibetan writer, poet, and activist Bhuchung Sonam; Carina Hoang, a Vietnamese refugee, and editor of Boat People, an anthology of personal stories from the Vietnamese exodus; and British-Pakistani novelist and scriptwriter Qaisra Shahraz.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without food events. Visitors will be able to travel the Indian spice route with author and chef Christine Manfield at a Literary Lunch drawing on recipes from her books, which include Tasting India, and Spice.

The Byron Bay Writers Festival will run from 1 - 3 August. Click here for full details of the programme, and information about ticketing and venues.  Closer to the time the blog will carry information about how you can join in via social media. 


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    Hoa Minh Truong.

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