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The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is soon to kick off with a range of ‘wild, weird and wonderful’ stories in line with this year’s theme. Festival Creative Director Tanya Perdue has shared with us some fabulous events happening at the Voyager Estate festival hub, as well as an exclusive Cape Lodge dinner you won’t want to miss out on, and free events for the whole family.

The Writers’ Room at Voyager Estate has some fabulous local writers with some amazing stories to tell,” she said. “Dunsborough-based artist and author Ian Mutch will take the stage on Friday to talk about his book More and More and More, while Stolen Generation mother and Wadandi Elder Sandra Hill and her daughter Tracie Pushman will speak about their journey home to family, culture and community. On Saturday, festival-goers will have the chance to see William McInnes and Dave Warner talk on cultural cringe in Aussie 2.0, a panel of editors and contributors talk on Woman of a Certain Age, and more. On Sunday, Dr Gregory Peel Smith will take the stage with local writer and photographer Tom de Souza in Back from off-track,” she said.

“These are just some of the many events happening in the Writers’ Room, and with tickets just $10 it makes the festival really accessible to those who might not have attended before. Plus, pensioners can access all Friday sessions in the Writers’ Room for free,” she said.

Ms Perdue also pegged the festival finale – a grand dinner at Cape Lodge – as a not be missed event. Memories, Media and Chateaubriand is being held at 6.30pm on Sunday 05 May and will see acclaimed Australian journalist and broadcaster, Geraldine Doogue, in conversation with former journalist and local personality Ian Parmenter. The lively evening of conversation, music, and nosh-stalgia will feature a grand dinner showcasing dishes from the 1970s and 80s, paired with top wines.

Over the weekend, the festival hub at Voyager Estate will come alive with a range of free activities and events, with free lunch time sessions at 1pm each day, book signings, a sculpture walk exhibition called Curious Creations, as well as a children’s storytelling tent, roving fairy, free music and entertainment between 11am and 2pm, food vans and more. Feature events and workshops will also take place at other locations around the region including at local libraries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is being held from 03-05 May on the picturesque grounds of Voyager Estate and is for anyone who loves reading, writing, cultural events, current affairs and of course, Margaret River.

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The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival as part of its Regional Events Program.

This project is also supported by the Australian Governments regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Western Australia by Country Arts WA.

 Arts Margaret River is supported by the State Government of WA, Lotterywest and Country Arts WA.

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Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is thrilled to have former Margaret River resident Tanya Heaslip as part of its line-up of literary talent for the 3-day event, which runs from 03-05 May.

In 1994, with a battered copy of Let’s Go Europe stuffed in her backpack, Tanya Heaslip left her life as a lawyer in outback Australia and travelled to the post-communist Czech Republic. Having witnessed firsthand the fall of the Berlin Wall (and taken a piece of it back to her office in Alice Springs), she couldn’t stop dreaming about the once-hidden Eastern Europe.
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With no teaching experience whatsoever, Tanya headed off to work at a high school in a Czech town she’d never heard of where the winters plunged to sub-zero temperatures. In the land of castles, history, music and culture her value system was turned on its head. Falling in love with Prague and its people, Tanya learnt about lives that were very different to hers.

Returning to Australia some years later, Tanya moved to Margaret River with her husband Steve Jarrett. She wrote about her Czech experiences while there and won a place in the Australian Society of Authors’ Mentorship Program.

On Saturday 04 May at 4pm, Tanya will launch her novel Alice to Prague at Riversmith Café in conversation with Margot Edwards as a feature event at this year’s Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival. Tanya is very much looking forward to the event in which she will share the bittersweet story of her search for identity, belonging and love, set in a time, a place and with a man that filled her life with contradictions.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to Margaret River where I wrote the first draft of my book,” she said. “During our seven years in Margs, I made many wonderful friends who supported me in the writing journey, and it is such a thrill to share this book with them at last!”

Tanya will then join journalist-turned-novelist Chris Hammer, together with writer and musician Dave Warner, on Sunday 05 May at 3.30pm at the Voyager Estate festival hub, for an intriguing talk titled Strange Things in Small Towns.

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is running a special offer for locals to attend Tanya Heaslip’s Book Launch at Riversmith Café – simply use the code word ‘LOCAL’ to access $10 tickets and to go into the draw to win an Alice to Prague Prize Pack, including a copy of the book, a bottle of Voyager Estate wine and a $30 Riversmith Voucher. The winner will be announced at the event.

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Geraldine Doogue AO will join MRRWF line-up of literary talent for the 3-day event, which runs from 03-05 May.

Born and raised in Perth, Geraldine Doogue is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster who has carved out an enviable reputation across print, television and radio, working on The Australian, ABC’s Nationwide, 2UE, Channel 10 news and hosting ABC TV’s Compass program.

In her ongoing role as presenter of the ABC Radio National program Saturday Extra and ABC TV’s Compass, Geraldine continues to tackle a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth.

On the Saturday of the festival, Geraldine will take the stage to interview festival headliner Professor Germaine Greer on her controversial new essay, On Germaine Greer - Margaret River Readers and Writers FestivalRape, in which Professor Greer argues that centuries of different approaches to rape, as inflicted by men on women, have got us nowhere and there has to be a better way.

On Sunday, Geraldine will interview Professor Greer in a session titled Protecting Wild Places, which recounts Professor Greer’s experience of rehabilitating 60ha of forest in southeast Queensland.

Festival Creative Director Tanya Perdue is ecstatic that Geraldine has agreed to join the festival “Having an articulate, talented journalist like Geraldine Doogue interviewing Professor Greer adds yet another level to what’s already expected to be two outstanding events,” she said. “There is really something special about experiencing a talented interviewer draw out all sorts of interesting perspectives from an author, especially one as revered as Professor Greer. While tickets to Germaine Greer: On Rape have already sold out, a limited number of tickets to Protecting Wild Places remain,” she said.

On Sunday night, Geraldine Doogue will join local personality and former ABC journalist Ian Parmenter for an exclusive dinner at Cape Lodge, called Memories,Ian Parmenter - MRRWF Media, and Chateaubriand – a lively evening of conversation, music, and nosh-stalgia. Geraldine will be in conversation with Ian as they reflect on their early days in the Perth media landscape and what has happened since. The evening will feature a grand four-course dinner prepared by Chef Tony Howell showcasing dishes from the 1970s and 80s, paired with top wines. Plus, with live music and an exhibition of works by legendary cartoonist Paul Rigby, the premium event is the perfect chance to continue the celebrations once the main program concludes.

Memories, Media, and Chateaubriand  tickets: $175 | Arts Hub Members: $165
Includes Pre dinner drinks, 4 Course Dinner with wines and plenty of entertainment!

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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After almost five million copies of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect sold in more than 40 countries, The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion is finally here. A not-to-be-missed Readers & Writers Festival Fundraiser.

DATE: Thursday 18 April 2019 at 6.30pm

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

TICKETS: $10 | Drinks & books available for purchase.

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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Arts Margaret River is gearing up for what’s expected to be another big 3-day event from 03-05 May 2019 when the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival (MRRWF) takes place on the picturesque grounds of Voyager Estate. Arts Margaret River is getting in early to call for volunteers who may be able to help at the festival with a variety of roles.

During the festival, the grounds of Voyager Estate will become a hive of activity with two large marquees called the Main Stage and Writers’ Room coming alive with author talks, a Festival Box Office, a food & coffee marquee, food vans, live music, free entertainment and more.

In addition to the events at Voyager Estate, a number of feature events and workshops will be held at other locations throughout the region including, The River Hotel, Settlers Tavern, Swings Taphouse, Riversmith, Margaret River Organic Garden, South Regional TAFE and the Augusta and Margaret River libraries.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival relies on the generous support of volunteers to assist with the set-up, running and pack-down of the festival which has grown in size each year – including at the festival hub and its satellite sites.

A Volunteer Information and Recruitment evening is being held on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the Margaret River District Club from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

The festival now hosts almost 60 writers and presenters from overseas and across Australia, as well as talented West Australian writers. Festival Event Manager Michelle Wright encourages people with a friendly ‘can do’ attitude to get involved to help give visiting authors a warm Margaret River welcome and to help with the smooth running of the event.

“The festival relies heavily on the support of volunteers and it simply wouldn’t run without their assistance”, she said. “The number of volunteers required continues to increase as the event becomes bigger and the variety of job roles has changed considerably compared to years gone by. Volunteer roles include everything from car park attendants, to food and beverage assistants, to stage runners, people to set up and pack down, the list goes on. If you are curious about what you could do to help, please come along to the information evening, we would love to meet you,” she said.

Those who are unable to attend the information night but would like to help out, are asked to please call Arts Margaret River on 9758 7316 or email to register their interest.

The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival as part of its Regional Events Program.

This project is also supported by the Australian Governments regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Western Australia by Country Arts WA.

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