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Festival Director Opportunity


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