FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF) director Edwina Johnson with author Russell Eldridge, founding member of BBWF whose debut novel, Harry Mac, will be launched at this year's festival and BBWF chairman Chris Hanley. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News
FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF) director Edwina Johnson with author Russell Eldridge, founding member of BBWF whose debut novel, Harry Mac, will be launched at this year's festival and BBWF chairman Chris Hanley. Photo Christian Morrow / Byron Shire News Christian Morrow

Writers are coming to you

LOVERS of author events will be pleased to learn the Five Writers Road Trip is coming to town.

Following the success of the inaugural 2014 Five Writers Road trip, the Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF) is going back on the road.

Once again the 555 Road Trip will send five writers to five towns in five days.

The program of free events starts in Coffs Harbour on Saturday before the tour continues on to Grafton, Casino, Alstonville and Murwillumbah.

Locally, there are three sessions on offer.

Author panel from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Coffs Harbour Library.

Workshops from 2pm to 4pm at the Coffs Coast Writers' Centre. Booking required. Please email zjfive writersroadtrip@gmail.com.

Writers panel from 7pm to 8.30pm at CreAsian Cafe.

Festival director Edwina Johnson is predicting another successful Five Writers Road Trip to kick off this year's BBWF.

"The 555 Trip is a wonderful opportunity for lovers of books in this region who can't get to Byron Bay Writers Festival," Edwina said.

Zohab Zee Khan.
Zohab Zee Khan.

"The Byron Bay Writers Festival started as a community event almost 20 years ago and we are so pleased to be able to widen our community with this literary roadshow."

This year's 555 Trippers are: Mark Dapin, award-winning author and columnist; Chris Flynn, novelist, critic and felinologist; Lian Hearn, best-selling author of the Tales of Otori series; award winning indigenous writer Ellen Van Neerven; and Zohab Zee Khan, spoken word artist and National Slam Poetry champion.

Author Zacharey Jane will be returning as chairperson of the author panels and referee of the 555 Tag-Team Storytelling Games: a cross between Theatre Sports and Spicks and Specks, where writers create live on stage.

Zacharey said: "I remember the excitement of the Bookmobile coming to town when I was a child."



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