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Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival (MRRWF) is pleased to announce the Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC as the new patron of the annual literary festival which is set to take place again from 15-17 May next year.

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC succeeds long-time festival patron Barry House AM who was the President of the Legislative Council before retiring in 2017.

The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, which in 2020 will celebrate its twelfth year, is Arts Margaret River’s flagship annual literary event which aims to foster a love of literature, spark debate and ignite conversations amongst its audience of locals and guests from WA, interstate and overseas.

MRRWF Creative Director Tanya Perdue says it is an exciting time for the festival as the profile of the event continues to grow. “Barry House has made an outstanding contribution to the festival and has been with us the whole way, as we’ve changed the focus and direction of the event to appeal to a wider audience of arts and culture enthusiasts,” she said.

“The festival is delighted to officially welcome the Honourable Kim Beazley AC as Patron of the event going forward. We look forward to his contribution in this advocacy role, as he helps the festival to attract larger audiences from Perth and beyond, to experience Margaret River as a destination for literature and the arts.”

As an arts and culture advocate, the Governor said he was honoured to be selected as Patron for the festival, an important event that contributes significantly to the arts scene in regional WA.

“Advocating for the State as a rich and vibrant arts, cultural, educational and tourism destination is one of my priorities as Governor.  I am delighted to support the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival which makes an important contribution in enabling access to literature and the arts in South West WA,” he said.

“The festival has grown from a grass-roots initiative to one which plays an important role in the promotion of new ideas, debate and discussion and the sharing of Western Australian stories within that.  The cultural, economic and social benefits that flow on from the Festival continue to increase”.

This week, the festival has also unveiled its theme for next year’s event which will be Future Tense, showcasing stories which look at both possible and highly imagined futures through a literary lens to explore and share visions for the future from some of Australia’s most renowned writers, speakers and thinkers. The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will be held from 15-17 May 2020 at the Margaret River HEART. To find out more visit www.mrrwfestival.com

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Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival (MRRWF) is excited to announce that ARIA Award-winning singer Clare Bowditch will appear in Margaret River on 9 November 2019 as part of a national tour for her new memoir Your Own Kind of Girl.

The event, which is being run as a fundraiser for the 2020 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will see Clare Bowditch discuss her new memoir with Margaret River based writer & blogger Constance Hall and perform her music live. The talk and performance will be held at the Margaret HEART, in the newly opened main auditorium.

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories and through her music and performing, has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. Your Own Kind of Girl reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion, and tells how these forces shaped Clare’s life for better and for worse. In her book, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who’s ever done battle with their inner critic.

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival’s Creative Director, Tanya Perdue said the event is touring the country with the likes of Berry Liberman (Byron Bay), Myf Warhurst (Brisbane), Sarah Wilson (Sydney), Yumi Stynes (Sydney), and in Melbourne Dr Susan Carland and Jamila Rizvi.

“To have the supremely talented, funny and honest Clare Bowditch speaking with Constance Hall here in Margaret River is certainly something special,” she said. “With Clare set to perform some of her music as part of the gig, it’s guaranteed to make for a really memorable evening. We’re thrilled that Margaret River is part of the national tour and to have this as an out-of-season event for the festival.”

Ms Perdue said the special event would resonate with adults and older teens and proceeds would go towards the 2020 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, which is set to take place from 15-17 May 2020.

Tickets are $15 (adults) or $10 (concession) and are available now from www.mrrwfestival.com, by phone 08 9758 7316 or in person from Arts Margaret River at the Community Centre on Tunbridge Street. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The bar will be open with wine available for purchase and the Margaret River Bookshop will be there with opportunities to buy Your Own Kind of Girl and have it signed by the author herself.

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Comedian, screenwriter & bestselling author Ben Elton, returns with a blistering satire of the world as it crumbles around us. No one is safe as he sends up everything from fake news culture to extreme gender politics, from political sloganism to the power of the hashtag, and everything in between.

DATE: Monday 27 May 2019 at 6.30pm

VENUE: Margaret River HEART, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

TICKETS: $15 | Drinks and books available for purchase.
Bar and doors open from 6pm.

Book your tickets online, call (08) 97587316 or visit Arts Margaret River Box Office  at the Community Centre, Tunbridge St, Margaret River.

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