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Authors & Presenters


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Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV’s flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age.

His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master’s degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

Voyager Writers Room

Coffee & Papers

Saturday | 4 May | 9:30am

Start your morning with a coffee, the day’s news and hot topics as told by our journalists, festival guests and local icons. Features: Ian Parmenter, Ian Mutch, Rosemary Sayer, Gillian O’Shaughnessy and Chris Hammer.

Presented by: Glynn Greensmith  |  Sponsored by: Augusta Margaret River Mail & Post Newspapers

Cost: $10 or included in Festival pass


Voyager Writers Room

Scrublands

Saturday | 4 May | 2:30pm

Set in a fictional town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most original crime novels to be written in Australia. Join Journalist turned Novelist, Chris Hammer as he speaks about his latest compulsive thriller.

Presented by: Sarah McNeill  |  Sponsored by: Margaret River Touring Company

Ticket: $10 or included in Festival Pass


Feature Event – Voyager Estate Restaurant

Foreign Correspondent

Sunday | 5 May | 9:30am-11am

Reporting news from around the globe, covering anything from politics to natural disasters, conflicts, to living conditions; foreign correspondents are the public’s eyes and ears around the world. Join former correspondent Chris Hammer, together with Jakarta-based correspondent James Massola for a captivating start to the day. Includes breakfast.

Presented by: James Lush |  Sponsored by: Voyager Estate

 TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT


Voyager Writers Room

Strange Things in Small Towns

Sunday | 5 May | 3:30pm

What is it about small towns that inspire writers to create weird and wonderful stories that so aptly capture our imaginations? Join Chris Hammer, Dave Warner and Tanya Heaslip as they discuss the small town settings of their latest books and the characters within.

Presented by: Sarah McNeill |  Sponsored by: Rosily Wines & Zani Place Artist’s Retreat

Ticket: $10 or included in Festival Pass


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Scrublands

Writers Room
Saturday | 4 May | 2:30pm
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Foreign Correspondent

Voyager Estate Restaurant
Sunday | 5 May | 9:30am-11am
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Strange Things in Small Towns

Writers Room
Sunday | 5 May | 3:30pm
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