Margaret River Readers and Writers

2017 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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Feature Event

Festival Launch

Friday | 2 June | Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Margaret River Cultural Centre  |  Sponsors: Settlers Tavern & Howard Park wines
Keynote Michael Palin | Entertainment by Beautifully Mad | MC Jane Caro

Join us for the opening of the 2017 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival with MC Jane Caro, live music by Sydney duo Beautifully Mad, canapes by Settlers Tavern, the announcement of the Visual Stories Art Competition winners and talk from our special international guest author Michael Palin.

Ticket: $25 | Arts Hub: $15

TICKETS TO THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT




Feature Event

Backstage Banter with Anna Gare & Ian Parmenter

Saturday | 3 June | 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Rivermith Cafe  |  Sponsor: Riversmith Cafe

Join Anna Gare and Ian Parmenter as they chat about their respective experiences working in television, writing books and sharing their love of food. Includes afternoon tea.

Ticket: $30  | Arts Hub: $25


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Anna Gare

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Ian Parmenter



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Michael Palin

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Feature Event

Full Circle with Michael Palin

Saturday | 3 June | 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Margaret River Cultural Centre  |  Sponsor: The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.

Michael Palin has captivated audiences from around the world from the early Python days to his self-penned travel documentaries and books which have taken him from the North pole to the Sahara desert, from the Himalayas to Brazil. Michael Palin is famed for his humour and wit; join him in one of the highlights of this year’s festival as he looks back over his extraordinary career.

AUDITORIUM  TICKETS TO THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT

Tickets: $40  |  Arts Hub: $35

WRITERS’ ROOM LIVE SIMULCAST  TICKETS AVAILABLE

Live broadcast of the Michael Palin talk on the big screen in the Writers’ Room.

Tickets: $15


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The Cook’s Table: an evening with Stephanie Alexander

Saturday | 3 June | Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Voyager Estate   |  Sponsor: Voyager Estate

In this must-see event, beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen together with celebrity cook Anna Gare.  Includes a 3 course meal from a menu in Stephanie’s latest book The Cook’s Table,  Q&A and book signing opportunity. Wine will be available for purchase separately.

Ticket: $85  | Arts Hub: $80

TICKETS TO THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT.
Stephanie Alexander & Anna Gare will also appear with Ian Parmenter in Food for thought at the Cultural Centre.



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Stephanie Alexander

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Anna Gare



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Feature Event

The One by Jeffrey Jay Fowler

Saturday | 3 June | 8pm

Venue: Cultural Centre Auditorium

THE ONE is a theatrical fever dream that takes the boy gets girl cliché and impales it with marriage’s grim history. An angry guitar sits under hissed words as the story of Him and Her breaks apart in this new piece written by Jeffrey Jay Fowler (FAG/STAG) and performed by Georgia King and Mark StorenSuitable for ages 15 years and over.

“Fluid, emotive and frequently very powerful” 4.5 stars – The West Australian 

WINNER THE BLAZ AWARD Perth Fringe World 2017
WINNER THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ARTS EDITOR AWARD Perth Fringe World 2017
WINNER MELBOURNE TOUR READY AWARD Perth Fringe World 2017
FINALIST MARTIN SIMS AWARD Perth Fringe World 2017

Ticket: $25  |  Arts Hub: $20


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Feature Event

Breakfast with Kerry O’Brien

Sunday | 4 June | 9.30am – 11am

Venue: Voyager Estate   |  Sponsor: Voyager Estate

Join one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists, Kerry O’Brien, for breakfast as he reveals stories from his 50 year career. Kerry has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam. He has interviewed many world leaders including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Get the inside story before the release of Kerry’s new book. Breakfast included.

TICKETS TO THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT.
Kerry O’Brien will also appear in Leadership, imagination & courage (SOLD OUT) and Media & politics: truth, lies and influence (TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE) at the Cultural Centre.



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Kerry O’Brien



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Tim Baker


Feature Event

Surfing: sport or art?

Sunday | 4 June | 11.15am – 12pm

Venue: Limeburners Distillery | Sponsor: Limeburners Distillery

Surfing writer and author of many best-selling surfing biographies Tim Baker, talks to Anthony Pancia about whether surfing is a competitive sport or performance art. Join Tim and Anthony for an engaging conversation on surfing culture, art and community. Includes a tasting and light nibbles. Facilitator: Anthony Pancia.

Ticket: $30  | Arts Hub: $25


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Useful information

The Margaret River Cultural Centre is the main venue for the Readers and Writers Festival. Many of our exciting feature events and workshops are held at a number of locations in and around Margaret River.


Festival

Venues

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

Festival Venues


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Program

The 2017 Festival Program explores the art of storytelling in many forms and illustrates the importance of literature, discussion and critical thinking in shaping lives and perspectives.

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Find out about other Events and Talks in the 2017 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

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