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3 – 6 June 2016

Arts Margaret River’s flagship event, the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will once again run over three days over the long weekend, June 3-6 in 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 include: 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.

Ticket prices for the adult festival will remain the same as 2015 with three-day, two-day, one-day and individual event passes available.


PLEASE NOTE – late changes to the program:

~ The Thomas Keneally dinner at Leeuwin Estate has been cancelled and the Sunday morning talk ‘Household Name’ is replaced by international fantasy author Ian Irvine’s ‘Fantasy Home’.
~ Eliza Redgold’s ‘Naked: Lady Godiva’s Ride Home on Saturday is replaced by local South West author Bernice Barry ‘Flowers at Home’.

~ The Pantera Pitch on Friday 3rd June is now fully booked.


The 2016 Visual Stories Art Competition and Exhibition will tie more closely with the theme and literary feel of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival than ever before with all art having to feature some aspect of books. Go to our Visual Stories Page for more information and to download a copy of the entry form.


For the first time this year we also have a Childrens Visual Stories Competition and Exhibition. For more information and to download an entry form, click on the link:


If you are keen to find out all the latest info and updates for the 2016 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, make sure you ‘like’ the festival facebook page:

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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.
The first session, run by Now Age Publishing proprietor Anita Revel will guide people through how to publish their own books both hard copy and online.
The second session will be conducted by Margaret River Press director Caroline Wood, Spinifex Press director Dr Susan Hawthorne and publisher Nicky Zubriski.
These publishers will accept the first chapter of emerging writers’ work and give them specific feedback on how to make sure their manuscript is noticed and gets the best chance of being published. The workshop numbers are limited to 40 and people must submit their chapters by the end of March to




Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May 2014

The first Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival was held in 2009. It is Arts Margaret River’s annual flagship event and has gone from strength to strength each year. The R&W Festival Coordinator is Helen Allan and she is assisted by a management committee, number of volunteers and long-standing Festival supporters. Festival events run over a week and include a full weekend of guest author talks plus workshops, a Festival launch and the Margaret River Short Story Competition and the Visual Stories Art Exhibition and People’s Choice Prize. The Young Readers & Writer’s Festival sessions are held over three days and are attended by over 1000 students from all local primary schools. The Margaret River Short Story competition is run in partnership by Arts Margaret River and Margaret River Press and the resulting collection of winner and shortlisted stories are published in a book. Entries to the Visual Stories Art Exhibition are displayed in the Foyer Gallery during the month of May and a People’s Choice winner is announced during the Festival. 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.