Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival (MRRWF) is kick starting the New Year with two stellar events to get the conversation started for its 10th anniversary festival to be held from 01 -03 June this year.
Festival Director Kerrie Yabsley said there were some great opportunities coming up for locals to be entertained and inspired while supporting the festival, which is a not-for-profit event.
“While the festival will again bring an array of thought-provoking writers to the region, the importance of these fundraising events can’t be underestimated,” she said. “With added costs this year, due to the relocation of the festival because of the Cultural Centre upgrade, it’s more important than ever before to garner community support and funds in the lead up to the event. I also hope to get people excited and inspired to support the event and hear from some interesting authors and speakers throughout the year,” she said.
The movie screening of Tulip Fever, adapted from the novel by Deborah Moggach is a historical drama film set against the backdrop of the 17th century Tulip Wars which stars Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne. Tickets to the screening at the Margaret River Cultural Centre on Sunday 14 January are $20 and the bar will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
For the travel buffs, best-selling Vancouver-based author, journalist, blogger and broadcaster Robin Esrock will be talking travel, based around his latest book The Great Global Bucket List. For over a decade, Robin Esrock has sought out the extraordinary, visiting 110 countries on 7 continents in search of the adventures, destinations and cultural spectacles that make life worth living. With tickets just $10, this not-to-be-missed event will be held on Wednesday 24 January at 6.30pm, with books and drinks available for purchase from 6pm.
Tickets to both events are available from www.mrrwfestival.com/whats-on, by phone 08 9758 7316 or in person at the Margaret River Cultural Centre Box Office, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River and all funds will contribute to the 2018 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival.
Judy Nunn will return to Margaret River to share her stunning portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia, captured in her latest novel Sanctuary. An out-of-season fundraising event for the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, Judy will appear at the Margaret River Cultural Centre on Monday 30 October at 6.30pm.
Many years ago, as part of a local writers’ festival, Judy had the opportunity to visit the Houtman Abrolhos, a chain of islands off the coast of Geraldton. The desolation of the islands was the perfect inspiration for her 14th novel, Sanctuary: What if people in search of sanctuary landed on this remote island, with no idea of where they might be, only to discover that, despite the starkness of the place, it provided everything necessary for their survival? This is a story about the human spirit; the will to survive under horrendous circumstances and the spirit of people who put themselves at risk to help those in peril, says Judy.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival Director Tanya Perdue encouraged Judy’s fans to come along to hear about her latest novel and for the chance to hear about the inspiration behind her latest book.
“Whether you’re a die-hard Judy Nunn fan or simply enjoy hearing a talented author speak about their writing, this is a great event to come along to,” she said. “Judy Nunn has had an extraordinary and multifaceted career from her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, through to her hugely successful career as a novelist that has seen her achieve numerous best-selling titles.”
“Judy has been part of the Readers & Writers Festival before and I’m sure a lot of people will be keen to see her again and to hear all about her latest book, as part of this out-of-season event for next year’s festival,” she said.
Tickets to ‘An evening with Judy Nunn’ are $10 with funds going towards the 2018 Readers & Writers Festival. Drinks & books will be available for purchase. Tickets available from www.mrrwfestival.com/whats-on, by phone 08 9758 7316 or in person at the Margaret River Cultural Centre Box Office, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.
Rusty Young, author of the international bestselling book Marching Powder, is set to visit Margaret River to talk about his latest book Colombiano as an out-of-season fundraising event for the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, to be held at the Cultural Centre on Wednesday 9 August at 6.30pm.
When law-graduate Rusty Young was backpacking through South America, fate drew him to Bolivia. After a visit to the notorious San Pedro Prison where he met and befriended the charismatic drug-smuggler Thomas McFadden, he remained in Bolivia to write Thomas’ story – a book that became the worldwide bestseller Marching Powder.
Blending fact and fiction, Rusty Young’s second book Colombiano takes us on a heart-thumping journey into the violent and unpredictable world of post-Escobar Colombia. For seven years Rusty Young lived and worked in Colombia, interviewing special forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two vicious terrorist organisations – the FARC and Autodefensas. During this time he was both shocked and touched by the stories of child soldiers he encountered. He vowed to one day turn their tales into a book and let their voices be heard. Colombiano is due to be released at the end of July and Rusty Young will join us here at the Margaret River Cultural Centre to talk about his writing and his latest book.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival Director Tanya Perdue encouraged the community to come along to meet Rusty as he reveals the stories behind his latest gripping book. “Those of you who have read Marching Powder or who have a fascination with South America simply can’t miss this event,” she said. “Rusty’s first book is extremely well-read and I’m sure a lot of people will be keen to hear him talk about his latest book in our first out-of-season event following on from this year’s festival.”
“Bring your friends, get your hands on a copy of Colombiano and meet the author. It will be a fascinating night out and a once in a lifetime chance to ask questions about Rusty’s life and writing,” she said.
Tickets to Rusty Young’s Author Talk are $10 with funds going towards the 2018 Readers & Writers Festival. Drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets available from www.mrrwfestival.com/whats-on, by phone 08 9758 7316 or in person at the Margaret River Cultural Centre Box Office, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.
Crime fiction author Candice Fox is set to visit Margaret River to talk about her latest book as a Pre Festival Event for the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, to be held at the cultural centre on Tuesday 28 February at 7pm.
Candice’s life is the stuff of fiction itself: raised by a parole officer father and an enthusiastic foster carer mother, her childhood was full of dark tales overheard while eavesdropping around doorways.
Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back-to-back. Her third novel, Fall, was recently published to critical acclaim.
In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was released in August 2016 and just recently hit The New York Times Best Sellers List. They have also co-written a prequel novella, Black & Blue.
Candice has just released her latest book Crimson Lake and will join us here at the Margaret River cultural centre to talk about her writing and her latest book.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival Director Tanya Perdue encouraged the community to come along and meet Candice as she reveals the story behind her latest book. “Come along to the cultural centre for a unique chance to meet Candice, hear her talk about her books and ask her any burning questions you might have”, she said. “Candice’s novels are going from strength-to-strength and we’re so excited to have her here in Margaret River.
Bring your friends, meet Candice and get your book signed, it will be great night out for any crime fiction lover,” she said.
Tickets to Candice Fox’s Author Talk are $12 and include a glass of wine on arrival. Bookings can be made at www.artsmargaretriver.com, by phone 08 9758 7316 or in person at the Margaret River Cultural Centre Box Office, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.