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15-17 May 2020





The 2020 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19. 

03-05 May 2019

The 2019 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival was held from 03-05 May on the grounds of Voyager Estate for the second-year. Arts Margaret River presented another compelling Readers & Writers Festival in 2019 with a new team onboard to deliver an outstanding program of literary brain food. The festival theme was ‘Wild,, Weird and Wonderful’ and featured Dr Germaine Greer, Michael Leunig, Anna Funder, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, William McInnes, Kim Scott (Pictured L-R) and  many more…

01-03 June 2018

The 2018 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival was held from 01-03 June 2018 at Voyager Estate – due to the redevelopment of the Cultural Centre.
The theme of this special 10th anniversary festival was ‘Stories that shape us’. The 2018 festival had an overwhelmingly popular response to inspiring programs which featured the likes of Geraldine Brooks, Dr Karl, Peter Greste, Nikki Gemmell, A.S.Patric and many more…

2018 Authors



02-04 June 2017

The theme for the 2017 festival was ‘Where stories come alive’ and it was our aim that the festival truly reflected this. The three-day storytelling spectacular featured author talks, interviews, discussions, book signings and workshops with established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas.

Special guests included Michael Palin, Kerry O’Brien, Clementine Ford, Bruce Pascoe, Robert Drewe, Stephanie Alexander, Abdi Aden, Anna Gare, David Hunt, Jane Caro, Joan London, Tim Costello, Nicole Sinclair and many more.

The festival also included markets, free events and entertainment as well as feature events at some of the region’s best-loved venues. The Visual Stories Art Competition & Exhibition was well received and the Young Readers & Writers Festival continued, in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and City of Busselton, encouraging a love of reading and writing among young people.


3 – 6 June 2016

The theme for this year is HOME and the festival is now the biggest literary event in regional WA with close to 50 poets, authors, playwrights, journalists, comedians, illustrators, magazine editors, explorers, screen writers and radio hosts taking part.

Guests this year inclu2016-rw-author-picsde: Gretel Killeen, Andrew Daddo, Sara Foster ( Shallow Breath, Beneath the Shadows) Rosemary Sayer (More to the Story) Loretta Hill (The girl in the steel capped boots) Mark Dapin (Ralph Magazine, King of the Cross) Ray Glickman (Reality) Madelaine Dickie (Troppo) Ann Turner (The lost Swimmer, Out of the Ice), Liz Byrski (In love and War) Natasha Lester (If I should lose you) Dennis Haskell (Cancer as inspiration, Are Elegies love poems), Rachel Robertson (Counting to 1000) and many more.
The popular free family days will also run for the duration of the festival weekend in 2016 offering free literary events for children of all ages.
In addition to the adult festival, responding to calls from Busselton schools, we will be expanding the Young Readers and Writers Festival into the Busselton Shire in 2016. This means the festival will essentially run for a little over two weeks. Arts Margaret River will take authors to every participating school in Busselton, Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Margret River and Augusta from the week commencing May 23 right up until the start of the adult festival.


29 – 31 MAY 2015

In 2015 we focus on the environment, nature and the seasons of our lives. The theme `Seasons’ encapsulates all of those things, with Autumn in Margaret River a beautiful time. When Keats wrote that Autumn was the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ it almost seems like he wrote it for our region.

Every year the festival gets bigger, and in 2015, our seventh year, we have around 30 authors and presenters who have written everything from landscape design books to environmental poems, songs and love stories. From Tomorrow When The War Began’ author John Marsden to science fiction author
Isobelle Carmody, comedian and authors Sami Shah, Justin Heazelwood and Luke Ryan to romance author Fiona Palmer, crime author Robert Gott, bookclub favourites Michelle de Kretser and Amanda Curtin to food/nature poet Susan Hawthorne and author/chef Sophie Zalokar, we have something for everyone.
In addition to a huge raft of amazing authors we also have a big line-up of journalists, authors and academics who will interview our guests on stage, including Subiaco Post editor Bret Christian, West Australian journalists Colleen Egan, Steve Butler and William Yeoman, community newspaper editor Michele Nugent, Fairfax journalist Doug Green and academics Dennis Haskell, Rosemary Sayer and Richard Rossiter. They are joined by garden tour operator and author Julie Kinney, author Laurie Steed, chef Ian Parmenter, author Ray Glickam and journalist Jacqueline Lang. An all-day workshop comprising or two sessions will be held for aspiring and emerging writers on Friday 29 May, 9.30am to 3.30pm.


16 – 18 May 2014

The 2014 theme of ‘Journeys’ has attracted an impressive line-up of national and local authors for the festival, the sixth run by Arts Margaret River. The Festival will offer a range of big-name authors presenting workshops, discussions, master classes and conversations set to stimulate, entertain and inform. Among the authors already confirmed are Joan London (Gilgamesh), Peter Goldsworthy (Wish) and Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project).

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This year the aim is to increase the numbers of authors and types of genres, so there is something for everyone, from aspiring and emergent authors, to keen readers in all age groups. To this end `Journeys’ was chosen as the theme, allowing for the exploration of physical, imaginative, spiritual, professional and emotional journeys. From travel writing to media panels, graphic novels to science fiction, poetry to publishing– there promises to be something to attract everyone. The weekend will kick off with an exploration of genealogical journeys on Friday, May 16 featuring researchers from the hit television program ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, the WA Genealogical Society’s Time Trackers, and the regions three local historical societies. Anyone interested in exploring and writing about their family history or local history will find a wealth of knowledge during the day, including historical displays and a free morning tea. The festival will be officially opened on the Friday night, May 16 with the opening of the annual art exhibition and the announcement of the winner of the Margaret River Short Story Competition.