Byron Bay Writers’ Festival: Stellar line-up at the Great Debate


Talk and laughter, go together like a horse and carriage – you can’t have one without the other…

It’s official. The Great Debate is looking great! The stellar line-up includes Bob Carr, Wendy Harmer, Underbelly screen writer Greg Haddrick, political cartoonist Bill Leak, social commentator and writer Robert Manne, artisit director Rhoda Roberts, press gallery member and author Niki Savva and Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Matthew Wright.

Festival Director Candida Baker says the participants will take a far-ranging view of everything from Wikileaks, the carbon tax, life post-Osama, the News International crisis and climate change: “This will be one of the liveliest debates ever seen in the Shire – don’t miss out, buy your tickets now.”

Then, after a night of mixed political discussion, what could be better than to enjoy a laugh or two? Or even three or four…or more… The Festival Comedy night will feature the indomitable Libbi Gorr (Elle McFeast), the feisty Fiona Scott-Norman, Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation’s Charlie Pickering and local stand-up comedian and columnist Mandy Nolan. “Tickets are only $25, and worth every cent to enjoy a bit of therapeutic laughter,” says Baker. “The Festival comedy night is always a huge hit and with Tim Ferguson hosting, the evening promises to be a night of much hilarity.”

“One of the wonderful aspects of the Festival is that the whole town becomes involved,” Baker says. “We have events being performed in most major venues in Byron.”

Baker advises anyone interested in attending one of the Festival events to visit the Festival website or call now the office on 1300 368 552: “With less than two weeks to go, all our special events are selling well. I encourage anyone who wants to attend to buy a ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Presented by The Ad Agency, The Great Debate is being held at Byron Bay High School Friday August 5, at 6.00pm. The Comedy Night is presented by Prime7 at the A&I Hall, Bangalow on Saturday August 6, at 8.00pm.

For further information, visit or call 1300 368 552.


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