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2018 Festival Authors & Presenters

The 2018 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival showcases an array of storytelling talent. With more than 40 writers, journalists, illustrators and presenters we invite readers to join writers as we hear stories the shape us.

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Deborah’s written twenty-five books, including the Max Remy Superspy series and Grimsdon and New City, about kids living in a climate-changed world. She has won awards for her books, but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.



Shokoofeh Azar is a shining star of Iranian literature, profoundly affecting her readers with philosophical and existential illuminations. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is Azar’s first novel to be translated into English, and her latest work of fiction.



Rosie Batty became an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, after her son was killed by his father in a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Her book is called A Mother’s Story.



Jude Blereau was living a wholefood life long before ‘wholefood’ was a buzzword for healthy living, and has been actively involved in the wholefood world for around 25 years.



Geraldine Brooks is a journalist and novelist. She’s written three works of non-fiction and five novels, including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning March and the ABIA Book of the Year, People of the Book.



Holly is one of the co-founders of Sydney’s Iku Wholefoods (1985) and Jude Blereau’s Whole and Natural Foods Chefs Training Program (2010). She has been a long time champion for the attainment of great health through the use of sustainable organic wholefoods.



Garry Disher has published over 50 highly-praised and widely translated books: crime and literary fiction, YA and children’s novels, and writers’ handbooks. Many have won awards and appeared on best-books-of-the-year lists in Australia, Germany and the USA.



Assaf Gavron is an acclaimed Israeli writer who has published six novels, a collection of short stories and a non-fiction collection of Jerusalem falafel-joint reviews. His fiction has been adapted for the stage and optioned for movies.



Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, including the international bestseller, The Bride Stripped Bare. Her most recent book, After, is a fiercely brave, poignant and powerful memoir.



Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years in some of the world’s most volatile places. Peter became a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, and charged with 21 terrorism offences.



Charlotte Guest is a Western Australian writer and Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing. Her work has appeared in Island Magazine, Overland, Australian Book Review, Westerly Magazine and elsewhere. Soap (Recent Work Press, 2017) is her debut collection of poetry.



During his army service, Avner Gvaryahu served in the special forces of the paratroopers brigade. After he was discharged he joined Breaking the Silence and later became director of the Public Outreach. He is now the organization’s Executive Director.



Marieke is a curator, screenwriter, artist, author and immersive theatre maker. She has penned regular columns for The Age, The Drum and Frankie magazine, and written for many television shows.



Tiffany Hastie is currently a student at Edith Cowan University in Bunbury, studying a Bachelor of Arts as a Writing and Literature Major with a Minor in Children’s Literature. She recently won the Talus Prize for her prose piece Good Boy, and a Commendation for her poem The Stick.



Anthea Hodgson is a country girl from the WA wheatbelt. She worked as a radio producer in WA, NSW and QLD before returning to WA. With her 2016 debut novel, The Drifter, we were introduced to an exciting new voice in rural writing.



Dr Jackie Huggins AM is a highly respected Aboriginal rights activist and author from the Bidjara and Birri-Gubba Juru peoples of Queensland. She is the Deputy Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland and a Spokesperson for Recognise.

P. J.


PJ is a primary school teacher who lives in a beachside suburb of Perth. PJ’s work was the catalyst for the main question that drives his book The Good Teacher; ‘How far would you go to save a child?’

Dr Karl


Dr Karl is a popular science communicator on radio and television, author of 43 books and Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at University of Sydney. He just loves science to pieces.



Jodie is the co-owner and manager of Fair Harvest Permaculture in Margaret River, the family property that she has lived on since 1995. She has developed extensive food gardens, taught courses, and has a strong focus on community and sustainability.

Mohammed Massoud


Mohammed Massoud Morsi is an Egyptian-Danish-Australian photographer, journalist and writer. His articles and writing has been published internationally and now in Australia. His latest works include the novellas Twenty Two Years To Life and What Is Past Is Dead.



Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.



Chris Nixon is an illustrator, designer and creative director based in Perth, WA. Inspired by the West Coast and classic surf culture with an emphasis on the handmade and crafted, his work and direction spreads across a wide range of media.



The State’s most experienced health reporter, Cathy O’Leary started her career before most people had heard of statins and body mass index. She reports on all things health and medical at The West Australian.



Ian Parmenter is a noted food, wine and travel writer, and broadcaster; the founding Festival Director of Tasting Australia; and the former presenter/producer of the award-winning ABCTV series Consuming Passions.

A. S.


A. S. Patric’s debut novel Black Rock White City is the winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. His second novel Atlantic Black was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. He is also the author of The Rattler & other stories and Bruno Kramzer.



Martine Perret began her professional career in Sydney in 1999 working as a freelance photographer and desk editor at The Australian Financial Review. Her interest in photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003 where she developed a working relationship with the UN.



David Ritter is the CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, is a widely published commentator on current affairs and is the author of two books on Indigenous land justice as well as the lead author of The Coal Truth..



Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West.



Andrew Roff is the recipient of a 2018 Varuna House Residential Fellowship. His work has appeared in Overland and Antithesis Journal. In 2016 he was shortlisted for the Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Andrew’s interests in politics and economics inform his writing.



Leigh Straw is an academic, historian, and writer. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and author of Australian history and true crime books.



In 2012, an enraged and drug-fuelled stranger broke into Dana Vulin’s home, doused her in methylated spirits and set her on fire. Worth Fighting For is the true story of how one extraordinary woman fought for what she believed in.



Sasha Wasley was born and raised in WA and now lives in the Perth hills with her partner and two daughters. Sasha has a PhD in feminist theory and is an animal lover who is enthusiastic about social and environmental issues.

Iszaac (Zac)


Pibulman / Wadandi Man, South West of WA. Cultural Custodian of Wadandi country, Member of the Dowark Foundation and the National Trust Association, WA.



Josephine Wilson is the co-author of the performance/theatre work The Geography of Haunted Places, and author of the novel Cusp. Her latest novel is Extinctions.



Nevo Zisin is a young activist, educator, public speaker and the author of newly released Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition. Nevo engages in activism which aims to spread awareness and understanding around LGBTIQA+ issues.

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Based in Perth, Allan Boyd (the antipoet) has been delivering performance poetry and organising dynamic poetry arts and music events since 1995.



Bill Bunbury is an ABC radio producer with 40 years’ experience. He has won 5 Radio National and International awards for his radio documentaries and is the author of 12 books on Australian social history.



Julie-Ann Harper is the founder of award winning Pickawoowoo Publishing Group. She has co-author 47 educational titles in Small Business and has been honoured with the Australian Excellence in Educational Publishing Award.



Debbie has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years. Having joined Ingram Lightning Source in 2014, she now enjoys assisting authors and publishers alike, make their books available, print on demand, for sale all over the world.



Sarina Kamini is a journalist-cum-author. The former food critic, and food and culture writer worked for fifteen years in newspapers, food guides and magazines in Paris, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney and Barcelona.



James Lush is the founder and director of Lush Digital Media. With a Masters Degree in Psychology James started out at the BBC in the UK.



Dr Vahri McKenzie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University South West. Her short fiction won the South West Writer’s Prize in the Margaret River Short Story Competition in 2013.



Niomi O’Hara loves to hear and share stories as the presenter of the Saturday Breakfast program for ABC South West.



Rosemary Sayer is a writer, researcher and former journalist. Her third book More to the story – conversations with refugees was published in 2015 by Margaret River Press.



Dr Sarah Schladow has a teaching and research background in a broad range of literary and cultural studies, as well as a business career. Sarah’s reading covers a broad range of fiction and non-fiction texts; and she enjoys exploring their wider cultural and socio-historical contexts.



Nicole Sinclair has a PhD in Creative Writing and her first novel, Bloodlines, was shortlisted for the 2014 TAG Hungerford Award. Nicole’s short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Westerly, Indigo Journal and Award Winning Australian Writing.



William Yeoman is Literary Editor and arts writer for The West Australian newspaper. A keen amateur musician, he is also a regular contributor to classical music magazines Limelight and Gramophone.

Useful information

Voyager Estate was the main venue for the 2018 Readers and Writers Festival. Our exciting feature events and workshops were held at a number of locations in and around Margaret River.


2018 Festival

Workshop Series

For full access to some of the festival’s top writing talents, immerse yourself in the Festival Workshop Series to gain friendly tips and practical experience, whatever your writing passion may be.

2018 Festival

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.