Miles to Byron
Author Roger McDonald (pictured) was awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award this year. And being a literary star he will be appearing at the Byron Bay Writers Festival from August 3-6.
Named after, and established by, the author of My Brilliant Career, the award was first won by Patrick White for Voss in 1957 and is one of the most illustrious awards available to Australian writers. (And you get $42,000!)
Roger McDonald was honoured for his most recent novel (not song) The Ballad of Desmond Kale a tale of greed, ambition, conceit and redemption. And love.
At the festival Roger will also take part in Rural landscape: passion or obsession, a panel discussion with sustainable farmer and writer Patrice Newell and debut novelist Mark OFlynn (with Sarah Armstrong in the chair).
For tickets and details of all authors appearances and discussions, readings and lectures visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.