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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.

For more information on the Margaret Readers & Writers Festival visit www.mrrwfestival.com or to apply for the role of 2018 Festival Director visit www.artsmargaretriver.com/news/jobs

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