Byron Bay turned on the charm for its most successful writers festival yet. It was wonderful to see the vision and talent of outgoing (in every sense of the word) Festival Director, Jeni Caffin, and her team so well rewarded. New Director, experienced arts journo and author Candy Baker, was introduced at the launch party, where the AWM crew also had the chance to meet a swag of authors, including Simon and Darren Groth, Amy Barker, Angela Meyer, Steve Cannane, Krissy Kneen…

Festival highlights included Brett Easton Ellis behaving badly with Ramona Koval, then dishing the goods on his craft and process in conversation with ABC’s Simon Marnie. BBWF 2010 was Ellis’s first ever appearance at a writers festival – anywhere, ever –  and he did not disappoint.

Singapore was well represented at BBWF again this year, with the lyrical charm of poet Alvin Pang, and the  firecracker wit of multi-talented Shamini Flint, author of the wonderful Inspector Singh series, as well as many CYA titles…

 

The AWM crew also had the chance to deliver an authors’ publication primer workshop, Nuts and Bolts 2010: a jam-packed day with 50 or so emerging writers in attendance. The content was great, from presenters such as Hachette Australia’s Vanessa Radnidge and Red Hill Publishing’s Rob Collings – I’ll share the notes here over the next couple of days.

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