Arts Margaret River is gearing up for the 10th anniversary of its annual Readers & Writers Festival to be held on the long weekend from 01-03 June 2018. Following on from this year’s line-up which featured British headliner Michael Palin, the festival plans to showcase another entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring array of literary talent with the new theme ‘Stories that shape us’.
In a festival first, the hub of the three-day storytelling spectacular will be held at Voyager Estate winery, due to the scheduled upgrade of the Margaret River Cultural Centre which is envisaged to commence in March. The grounds of Voyager Estate will become a hive of activity with up to 50 writers and presenters expected to draw crowds locally, from other parts of WA and interstate.
Festival Director Tanya Perdue said the 2018 event would be a standout. “With the 10th anniversary of the festival and the 40th anniversary of the vines at Voyager Estate, there’s even more reason to make this a truly unique festival like no other. We have some fabulous authors in the pipeline from overseas, interstate and locally and will be finalising the program in the coming months,” she said.
“Voyager Estate were an invaluable sponsor for us in 2017 and we look forward to further cementing that partnership with the opportunity to hold the festival on their beautiful grounds,” she said. “This festival is certainly going to be one not to be missed.”
Voyager Estate Managing Director, Alex Burt says she’s delighted to be supporting the festival.
“We have really enjoyed our association with the Readers and Writers Festival, so it is a tremendous pleasure to be able to host the 2018 event”, she said.
“The Festival has such a great energy and the team puts together an amazing collection of writers every year. We are thrilled that this one-off opportunity to host the 10th anniversary coincides with our own celebrations.”
The festival program and tickets are expected to be released in March 2018. Stay tuned to www.mrrwfestival.com for details. The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.
Arts Margret River is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerrie Yabsley for the 2018 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival. Kerrie will be taking over from Tanya Perdue as Festival Director in the new year.
Kerrie has lived in the Margaret River region since 2006 and has always been active in the community and art scene. Kerrie has a background in Youth Work and is currently studying Visual Arts at ECU.
Kerrie has run multiple interactive Art workshop and live performances at festivals and schools throughout WA and worked as a Youth and Events officer at the Shire of Nannup for close to five years.
“I believe that connecting people through Art, literature and live performance provides a great stage for individuals to be inspired and educated in creative ways”, she said.
“I’m really excited about working for Arts Margaret River on such a high profile event for the Region. Tanya has really gotten the ball rolling in elevating the profile of Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, which is now being seen as a calendar event in many Literature Circles throughout Australia. ” Ms Yabsley said.
The program for 2018 is shaping up to offer exciting headline international and Australian authors. This year’s festival format will differ from previous years as the Cultural Centre will be under renovations during the Festival period, however the support of volunteers, community and sponsors should offer great continuity to the event that we have all come to mark in our diaries.
The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will be held from 1-3 June 2018, with the Young Readers and Writers Festival to be held in the two weeks preceding at schools in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the City of Busselton.
Be sure to stay tuned into the Margaret River Readers and Writers website www.mrrwfestival.com, Facebook page and Instagram to follow any upcoming out of season events, fundraisers or festival updates.
Arts Margaret River is pleased to announce it has signed a three-year agreement with Country Arts WA to help strengthen its annual Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival.
Country Arts WA will provide $25,000 per year, for three years to assist the annual Readers & Writers Festival from 2018-2020. This will be used to help cover the costs of the festival, as the scale and quality of the event grows significantly each year.
Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival Director, Tanya Perdue said “Country Arts WA have been a long standing supporter of Arts Margaret River and we are delighted to have them on board as supporters of our flagship event, the Readers & Writers Festival, for the next 3 years.”
“The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival has become an iconic arts event in the Margaret River region and promotes the sharing of ideas, discussion, debate and storytelling,” she said. “This 3 year funding will help us to ensure the event continues to provide social, cultural, educational and economic benefits as the event builds momentum throughout the region, as well as other parts of Western Australia, interstate and overseas.”
The 2017 festival featured more than 50 writers and presenters and had a total audience of over 10,000 (including the Young Readers & Writers Festival). The festival features author talks, interviews, Q&As, panel discussions, a Festival Workshop Series, feature events at some of the region’s best loved venues as well as opportunities for emerging writers and self-published authors.
In 2018 Arts Margaret River will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the not-for-profit festival which aims to foster a love of literature and the arts.
Image: Ian Parmenter, Stephanie Alexander and Anna Gare talk ‘Food for thought’ with Amanda Smith at the 2017 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival. Image by Elements Margaret River.