Spotlight On Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival – Liz Byrski

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

Please welcome Dr Liz Byrski to my blog and to the festival.

 liz byrski

Liz Byrski is a writer and broadcaster with more than 50 years experience in the British and Australian media. She is the author of thirteen non-fiction books and nine novels, and her work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines.

In the nineties Liz was a broadcaster and executive producer with ABC Radio in Perth and later an advisor to a minister in the Western Australian State Government; she has a PhD on the subject of feminist popular fiction, and is now the Director of the China Australia Writing Centre at Curtin University.

Liz was born in London and spent most of her childhood in Sussex. As an only child she spent a lot of time alone, much of it buried in books. She began her working life at 16, as a secretary, and later moved into journalism working as a reporter on a local newspaper, until she took up freelance writing when her children were born.

Liz emigrated to Australia with her family in 1981 and worked as a freelance journalist/writer in Perth writing for a variety of publications including The Australian, New Idea, Homes and Living, Cosmopolitan, the Australian Financial Review, The Woman Writer, and The West Australian.  For several years she was a broadcaster with ABC Radio 720 6WF, where she was best known for hosting The Grapevine program with Peter Holland.


All I can say is WOW – what credentials!!!


I asked Liz for some information about the events she will be participating in, in this years festival and she replied: 

“I’m really looking forward to participating in this year’s Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. I’ll be in two events on Friday and one on Saturday, as well as being involved in the Write Advice Curtin Writing and Publishing Flash Mob, also on the Saturday.

On Friday morning I’ll be talking with Chinese poet, essayist and translator, Huiyi Bao, about her book of essays on Irish culture as well as her research into religious poetry. She’ll read some of her poems, talk about her translations of the work of Margaret Attwood and Elizabeth Bishop, and how her book has become a best-seller in mainland China.

On Saturday over lunch, Rachel Robertson and I will discuss Purple Prose – an anthology of fifteen new works by some wonderful Australian women writers, inspired by the colour purple. As that is the day I will also be meeting and giving feedback to emerging writers at The Write Advice, it’s going to be a busy one!

In Love and War

Also on the Friday I’ll be talking with Rosemary Sayer about my latest book In Love and War: Nursing Heroes. It is my memoir of growing up in the small Sussex town of East Grinstead where some WWII airmen, who were chronically facially burned, were treated with pioneering plastic surgery by surgeon St Archibald McIndoe. The book is about those men, the surgical ‘guinea pigs’ who formed the international Guinea Pig Club, and the women who nursed them. Having been terrified of them as a small child I went back there in 2007 to interview them and to try to find some of the nurses.

In Love and War

Rosemary and I were part of a really enjoyable conversation at the recent Perth Writers Festival and I’m looking forward to joining her again to talk about this book.

In Love and War is my thirteenth non-fiction book. I have also written nine novels and have been involved in several anthologies. And there is a new novel due out very soon. You can find out more about my books, and sign up to follow my blog on my website at ”




5 thoughts on “Spotlight On Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival – Liz Byrski

  1. We are going away for the weekend Carol, so once again I’m going to miss it. Hopefully next year I’ll get there. I still haven’t made it yet. Previous years the $$ has been a bit of an issue, but there’s no excuses really, it’s just down the road.

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