Margaret River Readers and Writers

2019 Program

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Feature Events

For the ultimate festival experience, book tickets to one or more of these feature events for emerging writers, avid readers and those who enjoy their books served with the region’s best produce.
Please note: Feature Events and Workshops are not included in Festival Passes – book your tickets to ensure you don’t miss out.


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Germaine Greer

Feature Event

Festival Launch

Friday | 3 May | 6pm-8pm

Venue:  Voyager Estate Main Stage |  Sponsored by: State Government of Western Australia, Voyager Estate & Margaret River Catering and Hire
Special Guest: Professor Germaine Greer

Join us for the opening of the 2019 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival. Enjoy Voyager Estate wines plus a delicious selection of canapés, while the funky jazz sounds of local band, The River Bugs fill the air. Guests will then be seated for a welcome to country by Wadandi man Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb, and a talk by special guest Professor Germaine Greer, who will share stories about her life and career.

Ticket: $35  |  $25 Arts Hub Members



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Wednesday’s Garden

Saturday | 4 May | 9.30am-10:30am

Venue: Margaret River Organic Garden   |  Presented by: Margot Edwards, Shelley Cullen & Peter Rigby  | Sponsored by: Lotterywest

Every Wednesday for three decades, local gardeners have come to create and maintain the beautiful, rambling, Margaret River Organic Garden. Every Saturday the garden plays host to the colourful community cafe. Every other day, locals and visitors alike, find friendship and solace in the magnificent ambient surrounds, free to all. The book Wednesday’s Garden has been published to help protect one of our most precious places.

FREE EVENT – Gold coin donations to the Margaret River Organic Garden appreciated

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Dave Warner

Image Credit: Bleddyn Butcher

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River of Salt

Saturday | 4 May | 1pm-2:30pm

Venue: The River Hotel |  Presented by: Glynn Greensmith  |   Sponsored by: The River Hotel

Join author, musician and screenwriter Dave Warner, as he speaks about his life and career. Originally gaining national recognition as a musician-songwriter and forming Australia’s first punk band in 1973, Bob Dylan declared Warner his favourite Australian songwriter. Since then, Dave Warner has had an immensely successful writing career with his latest crime thriller River of Salt, capturing the essence of the surf and music scene.

Ticket: $25  |  $20 Arts Hub Members
Drinks available for purchase

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Book Launch: Alice to Prague

Saturday | 4 May | 4pm-5pm

Venue: Riversmith   | Presented by: Margot Edwards  |  Sponsored by: Riversmith

Join former Margaret River local Tanya Heaslip as she launches her wonderful memoir Alice to Prague. A chance meeting takes her from a cattle station in outback Australia to Prague, where she falls headlong into misadventures that change her life forever.

Ticket: $25  |  $20 Arts Hub Members


Tanya Heaslip

William McInnes

Image Credit: Tessa Ross

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An evening with William McInnes

Saturday | 4 May | 7pm

Venue: Voyager Estate Restaurant | Sponsored by: Voyager Estate

Known for his best-selling books and leading roles in Blue Heelers and Sea Change, William McInnes is one of Australia’s best-known storytellers and actors. Join William as he shares the happy, hilarious, sad and unexpectedly poignant moments of his life and career. Three course meal included. Wine available for purchase.

Ticket: $85  |  $80 Arts Hub Members



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Movie screening: Bookweek

Saturday | 4 May | 7:30pm

Venue: Margaret River HEART   |  Sponsored by: Shire of Augusta Margaret River

When it looks like his novel is going to be published, high school English teacher and once famous novelist – Nicholas Cutler – thinks his luck has finally changed. But what promises to be the best week of his life professionally, spirals into seven days of hell personally, forcing Mr Cutler to re-examine just what’s most important in his life.

Ticket: $15 Adults, $12 Arts Hub Members, $8 Students
Bar open for drink purchases

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Bookweek the Movie

Image Credit: Ben Parker

Feature Event

Walking with the Wadandi

Sunday | 5 May | 8am-9:30am

Venue: Margaret River Rivermouth  | Presented by: Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb  |  Sponsored by: Undalup Association Inc

Join Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb for a walk commencing at the Margaret River rivermouth. Listen to stories of Boodja (country) that have been passed down through the generations as you take in the magnificent wild scenery on this early morning walk. Meet at the Margaret River rivermouth or catch the bus from The River Hotel at 7.45am. Bus departs at 9.30am for return drop off to The River Hotel or Voyager Estate.

$30  | $25 Arts Hub Members

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Foreign Correspondent

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

Venue: Voyager Estate Restaurant   |  Presented by: James Lush  |  Sponsored by: Voyager Estate

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.

Ticket: $45  |  $40 Arts Hub Members


Chris Hammer

James Massola

Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb

Image Credit: Wayne Webb

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Cultural Bush Tucker with Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb

Sunday | 5 May | 10:30am

Venue: Voyager Estate Outdoor Area  | Presented by: Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb  |  Sponsored by: Lotterywest

Join Wadandi Cultural Custodian Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb, who grew up on Wadandi Boodja as he tells stories of Boodja (country) and shares his knowledge of native foods passed down through the generations. Includes interactive demo and tasting.

FREE EVENT – All welcome

Feature Event – Settlers Tavern

Margies Poetry SLAM

Sunday | 5 May | 2pm-3pm

Venue: Settlers Tavern | Presented by: Perth Slam  |  Sponsored by: Settlers Tavern

SLAM contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop monologues and stories. Grab the microphone and perform your words – or sit back, buy a drink from the bar and enjoy wild, weird and wonderful words in poetry as you’ve never heard it before.


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Perth Slam

Exclusive Satellite Event

Memories, Media, and Chateaubriand!

Memories, Media and Chateaubriand

Sunday | 5 May | 06:30pm

Venue: Cape Lodge

A lively evening of conversation, music, and nosh-stalgia at Cape Lodge. Join acclaimed Australian journalist and broadcaster, Geraldine Doogue, in conversation with lapsed journalist, TV producer/presenter and writer, Ian Parmenter, as they reflect on their early days in the Perth media landscape… and what has happened since.

Features a grand dinner prepared by Chef Tony Howell showcasing dishes from the 1970s and 80s, paired with top wines. Plus, enjoy live music and an exhibition of works by legendary cartoonist Paul Rigby.

Tickets: $175 | Arts Hub Members: $165 | Long table seating $145
Includes Pre dinner drinks, 4 Course Dinner with wines and plenty of entertainment!

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Please note: Bookings online available until Wednesday 1st May.
For later bookings please contact Cape Lodge directly on 9755 6311 or through their website.

Useful information

The 2019 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will be based at Voyager Estate in a once-off celebration of storytelling. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the picturesque surroundings while also making the most of Feature Events and Workshops at other festival venues in and around Margaret River.



For more information about festival venues, please follow the link below.

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The 2019 Festival Program explores the wild, weird and wonderful.