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Arts Margaret River is on the hunt for a new Festival Director to manage the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival.

The Readers and Writers Festival is the flagship annual literature event of Arts Margaret River and aims to foster a love of literature and the arts within the community.

What began as a modest local project in 2009 has grown to be Western Australia’s largest regional literary festival with a significant youth component that tours schools in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Busselton.

The Festival has grown in reputation and size over the past twelve years and has attracted the likes or Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Geraldine Brooks, Robert Drewe, Joan London, Bruce Pascoe and many more.

Outgoing Festival Creative Director Tanya Perdue has been the driving force behind the festival’s growth over the last 4 years. General Manager Andrew Frith praised the way in which Tanya performed her role and elevated the festival. “Tanya raised the profile and the offerings of the Readers and Writers Festival exponentially. She managed to put the event on the calendar of all Australian publishers and authors and the festival has a very loyal following of literary enthusiasts throughout WA. We are very sad to see her go but she has left the festival in a very good state for someone else to pick up the reigns and focus new energy and ideas to grow it even further” he said.

The Festival Director role can be done by one individual on a full-time basis or it can be split into two part-time roles of Festival Creative Director and Festival Event Manager. Arts Margaret River will consider all 3 applications and select the best candidate/s based on experience and suitability to the role.

Applications close on Wednesday 23rd September at 5pm. For a job description and selection criteria visit artsmargaretriver.com/news/jobs



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DATE: Monday 27 May 2019 at 6.30pm

VENUE: Margaret River HEART, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

TICKETS: $15 | Drinks and books available for purchase.
Bar and doors open from 6pm.

Book your tickets online, call (08) 97587316 or visit Arts Margaret River Box Office  at the Community Centre, Tunbridge St, Margaret River.



The 2019 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival has wrapped up after an overwhelmingly popular response to its program of ‘wild, weird and wonderful’ stories.

The 11th annual festival started spectacularly as former broadcaster and radio personality Verity James MC’d the festival launch which was headlined by writer, contrarian, activist and feminist, Professor Germaine Greer. Wadandi Cultural Custodian Iszaac Webb had the audience enthralled – as well as many of the headline guests it seemed – as he welcomed festival guests to Wadandi Boodja.

The festival drew sell-out crowds to most events on Saturday and Sunday, including those of Professor Greer and Australian icon Michael Leunig, with people coming from Perth and other parts of WA to experience the event, as well as a strong cohort of locals.

Festival Creative Director Tanya Perdue said she and Event Manager Michelle Wright enjoyed staging the event and seeing it all come together. “There were fits of laughter from the crowd any time William McInnes took the stage and perhaps more laughter than may have been expected in some of Germaine Greer’s sessions – along with a dose of controversy of course,” Ms Perdue said. “There was admiration for Michael Leunig’s uncanny ability to change the emotion of a character with a single stroke of his pen and tears as local writer Tom de Souza and Dr Gregory Peel Smith from NSW, shared their deeply personal stories and their aspirations for the future.”

‘We have been fortunate to retain local support while also garnering a bigger and better reputation further afield, putting the event firmly on the literary festival circuit. There was a fabulous buzz – and there is already huge anticipation for next year’s festival,” she said.

The festival continues this week as the Young Readers & Writers Program tours authors to schools in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the City of Busselton to inspire a love of reading and writing in young people. Children’s authors Cristy Burne and Kylie Howarth will also appear for a free book signing event at the Margaret River Bookshop after school on Wednesday 15th May at 3.30pm – all are welcome.


Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is proudly presented by Arts Margaret River Inc.

Image credit: Michelle Troop