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Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2013 – 15th to 19th May 2013

May 15, 2013 @ 09:00 - May 19, 2013 @ 18:00

Words Uncorked – Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2013


Words Uncorked – Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2013 will be Arts Margaret River’s biggest and most exciting literary event to date, with a host of fine authors visiting as guests of the Festival.


Eastern States writers Andy Griffiths (The 24-Storey Treehouse, the Just series), Sarah Turnbull (Almost French), Mark Tredinnick (Fire Diary) and Rachael Oakes-Ash (Good Girls Do Swallow) will join WA’s  Jon Doust (Boy on a Wire), Peter Docker (The Waterboys), Stephen Daisley (Traitor), Dawn Barker (Fractured) and Lynne Leonhardt (Finding Jasper) at this year’s Words Uncorked from 17-19 May.


Before all the Festival action starts we’ll kick off with a Quiz Night on Saturday 11 May, presented by the Margaret River Theatre Group, with legendary quizmaster Campbell Madden.


This event will be a fundraiser for the Festival.


Tickets will be $10 a head and there will be tables of eight (BYO refreshments and snacks).


Festival Week will start with Behind the Label, our children’s literature festival, from 15 May, with Australia’s most successful children’s author Andy Griffiths presenting sessions for local schools in the Cultural Centre over three days.


To celebrate the launch of Knitting, the Margaret River Press collection from our partnered Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013, the knitters of Arts Margaret River and the Margaret River Wool Company will be ‘knitting’ the Margaret River Cultural Centre, inside and out.


On Thursday 16 May from 5pm at the newly-refurbished Old Settlement at the entrance to town, Margaret River and Districts Historical Society will launch its book Margaret River Stories, as part of the town’s centenary celebrations.

From 7pm on Thursday, we’ll have the Margaret River Premiere of Drift, the locally-filmed surf drama that just received rave reviews and mutual 4-scores from Margaret and David on At the Movies (ABCTV – Tuesday 30 April) and includes a cast of extras from the local area.


Dress in your best 70s gear, enjoy canapés and a glass of wine, spot the locals and locations and hoot at the epic surf!


Tickets are $20 and this event is hosted by The Tuesday Bookclub as a fundraiser for the R&W Festival.


On Friday 17 May there will be not one but two outside broadcasts by ABC South West Radio (10am-noon and 4pm-6pm) from the Foyer Gallery at the Margaret River Cultural Centre.


Come along and watch radio being made.


From 9am-noon on the Friday, ABC Open producer Ruslan Kulski will present a free workshop, 500 Words, covering the theory and practice of writing compelling stories for the internet and getting them read.


Participants will develop stories for ABC Open’s 500 Words section.


Please RSVP for this workshop as last year’s was a full house.


The Friday Blast Off! Launch for Weekend Festival ticketholders will include the launch of Knitting, the Margaret River Press-published collection from our second annual Margaret River Short Story Competition, plus the first official viewing of this year’s Visual Stories Art Exhibition.


On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 there will be a host of entertaining, informative and stimulating author sessions, from solo presentations to In Conversation to panel discussions on topics including Life Writing – the twin arts of autobiography & experience; and The Fire in Our Eyes – Myths, Muses & Imagination; and Facts vs Fiction – how much reality comes into play in novels.


In between there will be plenty of breaks to enjoy cuppas, chats and some delicious local food.


From 10am-1pm on Saturday, author and poet Mark Tredinnick will present Throwing Soft Bombs, a workshop exploring and exemplifying the disciplines of beauty entailed in fashioning a poem.


This practical and inspiring workshop costs $50 and will be held in the Church Gallery at Margaret River Community Resource Centre, Tunbridge Street.


On Saturday night the Festival moves to the fabulous Voyager Estate for the Festival Dinner, An Audience with Rachael Oakes-Ash.


Enjoy Voyager’s delicious food and wine, along with meeting and hearing Rachael, who has been an inspiration during past visits to Margaret River, with her humour and extensive knowledge of the travel industry, hospitality, marketing and so much more.


A luxury spa/ski/travel journalist, author, professional speaker, hospitality awards judge, marketing expert, TV and radio presenter and guest, Rachael is a sought-after speaker and this is a rare opportunity to hear her speak at such an affordable price, thanks to support from the Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association.


Tickets are $90 (excluding beverages).


We will finish up on Sunday with a Sundowner at the Margaret River Bowling Club, including some readings, wine and food to farewell the festival in fine form.


For families there is a a wondrous and whimsical late Sunday afternoon event that day in MusicBook, a performance combining live classical piano music with readings from favourite children’s books.


Tickets are $15 each, with free entry for children aged two and under.

Full event programmes are available from Arts Margaret River, local bookshops, libraries and selected businesses.


Weekend Festival tickets (including the Blast Off! Launch, Festival gift bag, two sumptuous morning teas, the sundowner and all non-ticketed sessions on Saturday and Sunday) are excellent value at just $65 each.


Day passes are also available for either Saturday or Sunday (including sumptuous morning tea) for $40 each.


Keep in touch with Festival news at www.artsmargaretriver.com and follow the Festival on Facebook!


Apart from the Quiz Night, all tickets are available online at www.artsmargaretriver.com or from the Arts Margaret River office in the Margaret River Cultural Centre (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri).


Quiz Night tickets are available from the office or by phone on 9758 7316.


Huge thanks to everyone who supports the Festival with grants, sponsorships, in-kind and time and energy, including WritingWA, South West Development Commission, Rotary Club of Margaret River, Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association, Lions Club of Margaret River, Margaret River Press, RiverFresh IGA, Margaret River Bookshop, Edith Cowan University SW Campus, UWA Publishing, ABC South West Radio, Augusta-Margaret River Mail, Augusta-Margaret River Times, Lenton Brae Wines, Cullen Wines, Night Harvest, Repertoire Wines, Riverglen Chalets, Margaret River Holidays, Station House Quality Accommodation, The Grange on Farrelly, Margaret River Wool Company, Peggy Creek Designs, Margaret River Library and the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, and all the amazing Arts Margaret River volunteers, without whom this event and many others couldn’t happen.


Later in the year look out for extended literary events such as the Margaret River History Dinner.


In late May and early June, Arts Margaret River also has a huge calendar of events, starting with 11 screenings of Drift between May 19 and 26, and followed by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (30 May), Summer Moon (5 June), Goodbye Jamie Boyd (6 June) and the brilliant Kate Miller-Heidke (8 June).


See www.artsmargaretriver.com and Arts Margaret River on Facebook for more information.


May 15, 2013 @ 09:00
May 19, 2013 @ 18:00
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Margaret River Cultural Centre
Wallcliffe Road
Margaret River, WA 6285 Australia
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08 9758 7316