Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Imagination Will Fuel Bus; Writers on Literary Road Trip to Stop in at Grafton

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Imagination Will Fuel Bus; Writers on Literary Road Trip to Stop in at Grafton

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FIVE authors walked into a bar... It may sound like the beginning of a bad joke but come this Monday evening that's exactly was you will see unfold at The Clocktower Hotel.

In the spirit of story-tellers through the ages, the Byron Bay Writers Festival is bringing its Five Writers, Five Towns in Five Days literary roadshow to Grafton.

The tour will start at the Queensland border and end when the words run out.

On board the tour bus will be award-winning writers Craig Sherborne, Nick Earls, Samuel Wagan Watson, Ashley Hay and local Clarence Valley writer Zacharey Jane.

"I'm looking forward to showing off this beautiful area to all the inter-state writers," said Jane.

"And of course, taking my books to new readers on the road," she said.

"The pub gigs will be entertaining: less literary and more mayhem.

"We'll be doing some tag-team storytelling and word games. Scary, but fun."

Byron Bay Writers Festival director Edwina Johnson said at each location the writers would take to the streets to ply their craft, sharing stories and secrets with book lovers of all ages.

"We are thrilled to be able to share some of our finest festival guests across the Northern Rivers region," Ms Johnson said.

In Grafton the Five Writers Road Trip will also visit Grafton High School and be at the new library from 3.30pm.

See byronbaywritersfestival. com or call 0432922381.

Meet the writers

Ashley Hay

Hay's most recent novel, The Railwayman's Wife, was released in Australia to critical acclaim in 2013, and in the UK in 2014. It won the People's Choice award at this year's NSW Premier's Prize and was long-listed for both the Nita B. Kibble and Miles Franklin awards.

Her previous books span fiction and non-fiction and include Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions (2002) and Museum (2007; with visual artist Robyn Stacey). Her first novel, The Body in the Clouds (2010), was shortlisted for categories in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the NSW and WA premier's prizes, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

A former literary editor of The Bulletin, she writes for publications including The Monthly, Australian Geographic, and The Australian, and her essays and short stories have appeared in volumes including the Griffith REVIEW, Best Australian Essays (2003), Best Australian Short Stories (2012 and 2013), and Best Australian Science Writing (2012).

In 2014, she will also edit the Best Australian Science Writing anthology, to be published in November. She lives in Brisbane.

Craig Sherborne

Sherborne's memoir Hoi Polloi (2005) was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck (2007), won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction. …

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