The lady of Fatima
Afghan-born Pakistani journalist and writer Fatima Bhutto will talk at the Byron Bay Writers Festival (August 6-8). Granddaughter to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (executed 1979), niece to Shahnawaz Bhutto (murdered 1985), daughter of Mir Murtaza Bhutto (assassinated 1996) and niece to Benazir Bhutto (assassinated 2007), Fatima has a tragic family history.
“I am honoured that Fatima has chosen the Byron Bay Writers Festival for her only Australian Festival appearance,” festival director Jeni Caffin said. “This month she has released Songs of Blood and Sword: a daughter’s memoir – her history of this extraordinary family and Pakistan’s tumultuous struggle to nationhood.”
Amongst the hundred plus participants in the festival program, there are 16 local writers and thinkers. Northern Rivers (or recent ex-pat) writers with brand new books published by mainstream publishers include Laura Bloom, Victoria Cosford, Daniel Ducrou, Kim Falconer, Akmal Saleh, Justin Sheedy and Kate Veitch.
Early Bird three-day passes are on sale now by visiting www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.
The complete list of festival writers, along with the complete program and full range of tickets, will be revealed on June 4.