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.
Judy Nunn will return to Margaret River to share her stunning portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia, captured in her latest novel Sanctuary. An out-of-season fundraising event for the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, Judy will appear at the Margaret River Cultural Centre on Monday 30 October at 6.30pm.
Many years ago, as part of a local writers’ festival, Judy had the opportunity to visit the Houtman Abrolhos, a chain of islands off the coast of Geraldton. The desolation of the islands was the perfect inspiration for her 14th novel, Sanctuary: What if people in search of sanctuary landed on this remote island, with no idea of where they might be, only to discover that, despite the starkness of the place, it provided everything necessary for their survival? This is a story about the human spirit; the will to survive under horrendous circumstances and the spirit of people who put themselves at risk to help those in peril, says Judy.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival Director Tanya Perdue encouraged Judy’s fans to come along to hear about her latest novel and for the chance to hear about the inspiration behind her latest book.
“Whether you’re a die-hard Judy Nunn fan or simply enjoy hearing a talented author speak about their writing, this is a great event to come along to,” she said. “Judy Nunn has had an extraordinary and multifaceted career from her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, through to her hugely successful career as a novelist that has seen her achieve numerous best-selling titles.”
“Judy has been part of the Readers & Writers Festival before and I’m sure a lot of people will be keen to see her again and to hear all about her latest book, as part of this out-of-season event for next year’s festival,” she said.
Tickets to ‘An evening with Judy Nunn’ are $10 with funds going towards the 2018 Readers & Writers Festival. Drinks & books will be available for purchase. Tickets available from www.mrrwfestival.com/whats-on, by phone 08 9758 7316 or in person at the Margaret River Cultural Centre Box Office, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.
Arts Margaret River is preparing for its 10th annual Readers & Writers Festival to be held next year and is seeking a talented Festival Director to take the reins from outgoing Director Tanya Perdue.
General Manager Andrew Frith said Arts Margaret River were looking for a proactive individual with an interest in literature and proven experience in event management. “With the upgrade of the Cultural Centre next year, this will be the first Readers & Writers Festival to be held at another location”, he said. “We are really excited about how the plans for next year are shaping up and encourage people with event management experience to apply.”
Current Festival Director Tanya Perdue said her move from the role was bittersweet. “This has been more of a lifestyle than a job for me”, she said. “I am really looking forward to settling back into family life with a new addition on the way and I hope to stay involved with Arts Margaret River and the Readers & Writers Festival in the years to come”.
The 2017 festival had an overwhelmingly popular response to its inspiring program aimed at bringing stories to life with 6,410 seats sold across the 3-day event which featured Michael Palin, Kerry O’Brien, Clementine Ford, Robert Drewe, Stephanie Alexander and many more.
Ms Perdue hinted that the program for 2018 would again feature an array of international, Australian and local talents with the new Director being responsible for the delivery of the event from booking author flights and accommodation, through to sponsorship management, marketing and managing the event itself. “The variety in this role is one of the best things about it,” Ms Perdue said. “I will be working with the new Director and the Arts Margaret River team to make sure this is one of the best festivals yet – stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will soon be announcing the 2018 dates, theme and venue. An announcement will also be made once a new Festival Director has been secured.
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.